Royals, Suns compete in NCCAA National Cross Country Championships

Recently, both the Suns and the Royals men and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCCAA National Cross Country Championships in Houghton, NY.

The Lady Royals placed 2nd in nationals. Johannah Couch placed 5th in the 2015 NCCAA National Championships, and received the honor of becoming an All-American runner.

Johannah Couch finished with a time of 20:04.0. Morgan Hume was the next Royal to finish, with an ending time of 21:14.7.

Royals after placing second in nationals.

Allison Reid placed 23rd with a time of 22:48.6. Following Allison, Claire Cox placed 25th with a time of 23:07.7, and Lexi Overcash finished in 27th place with a time of 23:41.6.

With this competition, Johannah Couch finished her last season at Johnson, and feels that the team put forth their best efforts this season.

“This season went really well – our team is really good this season and it has brought out the best in each of us individually and as a team,” she said. “I think each person went through some times of struggle and discouragement. We all came out stronger and the season was full of accomplishments.”

Placing in the top 5 runners was something Johannah didn’t expect.

Johannah Couch, recipient of an All-American runner award.

“I knew that I had the possibility of being in the top 5 and that I was capable, but I also knew there were some really good girls that I was going to be competing with,” she said. “Running is a big part of my life and it does a lot for me since I have ran for so much of my life.”

Johannah Couch’s award.

Couch also had a few words for the team for seasons to come.

“Keep pushing – our team is really amazing and they know what running does for them. They understand how to push through things and I’m sure they get frustrated, but I know that running is a source of healing and a time of challenge and encouragement,” Couch said.

From the Florida campus, the Suns men’s cross country team placed 5th in the NCCAA nationals.

Gami Cedeno placed 8th with a time of 29:21.7, establishing a new school record for the Suns. Wesley Smith placed 25th in nationals with a time of 31:47.6.

Elijah Mize placed 34th, while Chris Dalisay and Matt Howard placed 49th and 50th. The Sun’s men cross country team gave their best efforts overall and the team placed in the top 50 runners.

Cross Country Banquet before nationals.



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