Howard Community College competed in the NJCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships last weekend at Holyoke Community College in Westfield, Mass.
The men's and women's team went in unranked in the polls, but the men finished seventh and the women 10th.
Andrew Parlette led the men and placed eighth overall with a time of 27 minutes, 3 seconds. He was followed by Filagot Dinku (11. 27:08), Rafi Fernandez (54. 29:11), Edwin Walker (67. 29:45), Ken Clarkson (112. 31:35) and Kyle Gorinson (146. 36:03).
Mary Rzegocki led the women placing 11th in 19:59. She was followed by Leslie Dickens (30. 21:10. Destiny Jones (70. 23:58), Madison Hoover (84. 25:29) and Reenae Winfree (93. 26:28).
Parlette, Dinku and Rzegocki each earned All-American honors based on their finish.
"It was an awesome meet for us," said coach Steve Musselman. "All the athletes put everything out there Saturday. Individual goals were met (and) team goals were met. This was all we could ask for."
After successful defending their Region XX title, Howard Community College placed four players on the All-Tournament team. They were Niklaas Kamukukuenjanje, Patrick Etoughe, Blaise Sindjui and David Neuberth.
Neuberth and Sindjui, both sophomores, made the Division III All-Region first team. Freshmen Eric Skelly and Adam Block were second team picks.
The Dragons will play in this weekend's national tournament, which can be watched live at http://www.ihigh.com/ncaatv. The team faces Anoka-Ramsey at 11 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 10. The loser of the game plays at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 while the winner plays in the national semifinals at 1:30 p.m., also Nov. 11.
The national championship game will be played at noon on Nov. 13.
Sophomores Shannon Stubs (midfield), Kristen Williford (defense) and Jessica Torpey (defense) were named to the All Region XX Division III women's soccer team.
Seeded fifth entering the Region XX tournament, Howard Community College drew the top seed, Lorain County Community College, as its first opponent. The Dragons lost in three games, but in their next match took Montgomery-Rockville to five games before losing.
The team finished the season with a 6-7 conference record and 9-14 overall. The majority of the players are first year players.
Samantha James was named to the All-Tournament team.
Before a packed house, the Dragons lost to Potomac State, 86-85, in an exciting home opener.
The lead changed hands throughout the contest. Every time the Dragons would get the lead Potomac would come down and shoot a 3 to answer. At one time the Dragons were down by six only to come back and pull within two or take the lead.
With 16 players on his team, first-year head coach Mike Smelkinson had lots of choices.
In the closing seconds of the game, a critical blocked shot from a Potomac player helped season the Dragons' fate. The team did score with 4 seconds remaining to finish the game losing by one.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun