September 30, 2018
TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College finished second in the Sept. 29 cross-country meet at New Mexico Highlands University.
Overall, Johnson and Wales came out with a total of 22 points to win the meet. Diné College took second place as a team with a total of 48 points and Oklahoma Panhandle State University was third with 57 points.
Individually on the men’s side for Diné College, sophomore and pre-engineering major Alwyn Reid took sixth place with an ending time of 29.58. Cuay James took eighth place with a time of 30.18.
“I consider myself a top runner and a role model for the team,” Reid, a Ganado High School graduate, said. “We all ran good races.”
The Diné College Women
On the women’s side individually, freshman Ranetta Jackson finished in twelfth place, and not too far behind teammates Nizhoni Golden and Lauryn Thomas, who finished 15th and 17th with times of 22.55 and 23.10, respectively. Jackson graduated from Tuba City High School.
NMHU sophomore Destiny Rockwell, a Shiprock High school graduate, was seventh and with a time of 20:11, while Highlands teammate Nicole Howe, also a Shiprock grad, came in 14th with a time of 21:59. NMHU placed first overall on the women’s side.
“I am very proud of how our student-athletes ran last week,” Shawn Frank, Diné College athletic director and interim cross-country coach, said. “They did exactly what was asked of them. This young team is progressing in athletics as well as academics.”
The meet was the fourth this season for the running Warriors, who have a history of championship cross-country men’s and women’s teams dating back to 2006.
Diné College participates in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.