Nov 21, 2017
The Iowa Central Cross Country team did the only thing this weekend that would fall in line with the rest of their season; break more records and finish out on top. To put an exclamation point at the end of an incredible season, both the men's and women's teams won the NJCAA Half-Marathon races for the 2nd year in a row. Karim Achengli and Adva Cohen crossed the finish line first in the men's and women's races.
In the Women's race, freshman phenom Adva Cohen won the individual title with a time of 1:20:25. Cohen, who won the individual title in the Cross Country Championships last week, helped the Triton Women secure the individual women's title for the 3rd year in a row (Leanne Pompeani won in 2015 and 2016). This year's title was the 4th Half-Marathon victory for the Tritons, which ties the record for most titles. The Tritons have also won a record-tying 3 individual titles.
Sophomore Agnes Mansaray finished 3rd in 1:25:58.1 and freshmen Marion Bartilol finished 5th in 1:25:04. The top 6 finishers receive NJCAA All-American honors, securing this award for Cohen, Mansaray, and Bartilol. This year's women's score of 9 total points is the 2nd lowest score in NJCAA Half-Marathon history.
Aaliyah Regg Wajid also secured herself a Coaches Association All-American award with her top 10 finish. Regg Wajid finished in 9th with a time of 1:27:39.1. Abeba Sullivan finished 14th at 1:30.09.3, Marta Lukijaniuk finished in 18th at 1:31:28.7, Naomi Alvarez finished in 19th at 1:33:22.8, Katy Pfile finished in 20th at 1:33:39.2, Sierra Stucky finished in 21st at 1:33:50.8, and Abby Gawthorp finished in 35th at 1:42:18.3.
In the Men's race, sophomore Karim Achengli claimed his 2nd Half Marathon title with a time of 1:07:51.6. Achengli's back to back titles have only happened once before, by Triton Hall of Fame athlete Stanley Kebenei in 2011 and 2012. Freshman Jhordan Ccope finished 2nd in 1:08:14.9 followed by freshman Ezekiel Kipchirchip in 3rd at 1:09:44. The 1-2-3 finish by the Tritons is the lowest possible score (6 points) and has only ever been accomplished by the 2017 and 2016 Triton men's teams. Achengli, Ccope, and Kipchirchir secured NJCAA and Coaches Association All-American honors with their finishes.
Innocent Murwanashyaka finished in 12th at 1:12:53.7, Abdinasir Abdi finished in 17th at 1:14:51.9, Romeo Blackburn finished in 25th at 1:16:19.7, Chase Bulten finished in 29th at 1:18:14.8, Zack Emery finished in 31st at 1:19:02.7, Peter Eskandr finished in 33rd at 1:19:30.5, Chris Wignall finished in 37th at 1:20:59.2, Dalton Schaffer finished in 43rd at 1:22:12.2, Grant Acoymo finished in 47th at 1:24:45.9, and Lane Prather finished in 48th at 1:25:45.1.
The Triton men have now won the team NJCAA title a record 6 times and have won the individual title a record 7 times.