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HCC men's cross country finishes third at nationals

The Howard Community College men's cross country team poses with the third-place trophy at Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell, N.Y., on Nov. 8.
The Howard Community College men's cross country team poses with the third-place trophy at Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell, N.Y., on Nov. 8. (Photo by Stephen Musselman)

The Howard Community College Cross Country team traveled to Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell, N.Y. on Nov. 8 to compete in the NJCAA D-III Championships.

The men's team finished in third-place, a program best, on the heels of a third-place finish from Atholton grad Gary Smolyak (27 minutes, 48 seconds).

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He was followed by Jacob Staley (14th, 29:23), Brooks Ward (25th, 29:56), Connor Livingston (49th, 31:03), River Hill grad Dominic Mandile (51st, 31:07), Jacob Stolzenbach (56th, 31:31), and Marriotts Ridge grad Gulraize Khan (82nd, 33:05).

The women's team finished in 13th place, and was led by Howard grad Caroline Handen (10th, 21:23).

She was followed by Oakland Mills grad Mackenzie Snyder (57th, 24:27), Gabrielle Petty (64th, 25:20), Atholton grad Hannah LeFors (68th, 25:46), and Marriotts Ridge grad Mary Hurd (87th, 29:13).

Smolyak was named a first-team All-American, Staley was named a third-team All-American and Haden was named a second-team All-American.

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