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Paradise Valley dominates field to win men's national title at 2011 Division I Cross Country Championships
 November 12, 2011

Photos courtesy NMJC PR and Marketing Department

Hobbs, N.M. – The men's 8k race at the 2011 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships was dominated by Paradise Valley Community College, Ariz., as four Puma runners finished in the top 12 to win the team championship. The event was hosted by New Mexico Junior College on Saturday, Nov. 12th at Ocotillo Golf Course in Hobbs, N.M., and featured over 750 student-athletes from 72 different NJCAA member colleges.

Jacob Naybr was the first PVCC runner to cross the finish line, taking home fourth place (26:23.35). Alejandro Valencia was seventh (26:56.01), Ryan Norton was next at eighth overall (27:01.94) and Matthew Whitlatch finished 12th (27:09.65). Those four All-American performances, along with Ruganza Mugisha's 26th place finish (27:40.66), gave PVCC just 54 team points to finish 59 points ahead of second place Garden City Community College, Kan. (113). Central Arizona College was third (128), North Iowa Area Community College fourth (200) and Johnson County Community College, Kan. (220), rounded out the top five.

Kemoy Campbell of South Plains College, Texas, won the men's individual title. Campbell took early control of the 8k race and never looked back, cruising to a 38-second victory (25:22.08). He was the runner-up finisher a year ago.

Edward Limo of Colby Community College, Kan., was this year's runner-up finisher (26:00.47) followed by Viktor Slesarenoks of Cloud County Community College, Kan. (26:17.75).

The team championship is the third overall for the PVCC men's cross country program (2004, 2008, 2011). 

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NOTE: *1-5 finishers = First-Team All-Americans; 6-10 = Second-Team All-Americans; 11-15 = Honorable Mention All-Americans






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