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Tritons capture third National Title

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 11/14/2011

The Iowa Central women’s cross country team won its third national title in five years as it stormed the title at the 2011 NJCAA National Cross Country Meet Saturday in Hobbs, N.M. 

The women scored 48 points to beat out Central Arizona (91 points), El Paso (105) and South Plains (150). The women had four All-Americans as Jodi Miller (7th place in 19:46.67), Aden Alemu (12th, 19:56.66), Fiona McKenna (14th, 20:05.42) were named All-America by the NJCAA and the Coaches Association. Ebeissa Nyandwi (30th, 20:32.99) was a Coaches Association All-American.

Other finishers for Iowa Central were Cecelia Kumalalamene (41st, 20:47.37), Perla Gutierrez (61st, 20:47.37) and Laura Condron (92nd, 21:37.06).

“Our team was amazing,” said head coach Dee Brown. “These girls trained so hard all season long. We were a little beat up coming in to the meet but they did an absolutely fantastic job. I am so proud of them. Our goal was to come home champions and we did.”

It was a dominant season for the Tritons as they finished the season without ever losing to a two-year program. Iowa Central also spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the nation this year from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5. They entered the NJCAA Championship Meet ranked fourth.

The title is the third in the program’s history. Iowa Central won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Dee Brown, who was the 2011 Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, has been at the helm for all three titles. It also marks the seventh consecutive school year that Iowa Central Community College has won at least one NJCAA National Title.

Other Region XI finishers included DMACC (14th, 419), NIACC (15th, 461), Southwestern (19th, 507) and Iowa Western (24th, 624).

Paradise Valley won the men’s title. The Triton men, who were ineligible to compete due to a clerical error last season which caused them to run an ineligible runner, may count this as “the one that got away” as it beat Paradise Valley earlier this season.

Both squads are back in action again on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they compete in the NJCAA National Half Marathon in Athens, Georgia.