College highlights: HCC cross country, volleyball compete at NJCAA D-III Championships

Howard Community College

Cross country

The HCC men's and women's cross country programs competed at the NJCAA National Division III Championships, Nov. 7-11, in Delhi, N.Y.

The men placed fifth overall, while the women finished in seventh place.

Filagot Dinku earned All-American status by placing third overall with a time of 28:10. Andrew Parlette was named second team All-American with his seventh-place run in 28:39.

HCC's top two runners were followed by Ed Richardson (51st in 30:58), Alex Warfield (52nd in 30:59), Rafi Fernandez (56th in 31:13), Juan Cortez (58th in 31:24) and Edgar Propst (66th in 31:51).

Anna Sandacz was the top-finisher for the Dragons women's team, placing 30th overall in 22:47. She was followed by Naomi Mills (51st in 24:25), Rachel Lape (64th in 25:27), Shannon Stubs (74th in 26:07), Kayla Johnson (78th in 26:40) and Destiny Jones (90th in 28:29).

"The team performances today equaled our best finish in previous meets," said coach Steve Musselman. "It was a tough meet and a tough course, as anyone would expect Nationals to be. The students did a very solid job out there on Saturday. Some of the first-year men were already talking about the next season after they finished."


The HCC volleyball team traveled to Rochester, Minn., Nov. 9-10 to compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championship and ended up finishing in sixth place.

The Dragons, seeded sixth, lost their opening game against Northland, 3-1. After dropping the first two sets, 31-29 and 25-21, HCC bounced back to win the third set 25-12. Unfortunately, however, the team couldn't complete the comeback and lost the fourth set 25-11.

In the consolation bracket, HCC defeated Davidson, 3-0, before falling to Jamestown, 3-2.

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