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The Lookout | April 18, 2021

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Female harriers fourth in nationals

Female harriers fourth in nationals

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor 

The LCC women’s cross country team took home fourth-place honors at the Division I NJCAA National Championship Meet Nov. 8 at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas.

El Paso Community College was victorious in the 30-team competition with 64 points. The Lady Stars scored 145 points, missing out on third place by 19 points.

LCC freshman Kayla Kraft finished her impressive 2014 campaign with a seventh-place finish out of 274 runner with a time of 18:16.

LCC sophomore captain Allison Dible was next to complete the race. She was 24th with a time of 18:46.

Kraft’s efforts were rewarded with her being named a 2014 All-American. Dible, along with LCC freshmen Kelly Babcock and Krista Magness, also took home All-American honors.

“All five of our runners who scored had just great races,” LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said. “Kelly and Krista had personal records, and Allison had a lifetime best time.”

Robinson said he was extremely pleased with his team’s effort in the national meet.

“I thought they had an outstanding race,” he said. “The goal all along was nationals, and they really stepped up and ran well.”

No runner that belonged to Robinson’s team finished lower than 99th in the competition. LCC freshman Kelly Babcock finished 38th and fellow freshman Krista Magness finished right behind in 39th.

LCC freshman Lydia Buman said the lady harriers had luck on their side as a rare rainfall managed to dry up before race day.

“It was just like any other course; it was flat which was good,” she said. “It was a little bit windy; everyone had the same conditions so we didn’t let it get to us.”

Consistency has been a major pillar for LCC’s women’s program, and it has shown with back-to-back fourth-place finishes at NJCAA Nationals.

With the conclusion of the 2014 season, Robinson said his recruiting trail has already begun.

“I’m already busy recruiting; now it’s just waiting on the athletes,” he said. “We have one real good runner from Carson City that’s coming to LCC.”