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Howard Community College cross country shows well at NJCAA National Championships

The HCC men's and women's cross country teams pose together after the Division III National Championships last weekend. The men brought home a third-place finish.
The HCC men's and women's cross country teams pose together after the Division III National Championships last weekend. The men brought home a third-place finish. (Photo submitted by Steve Musselman)

Howard Community College finished well at the NJCAA National Division III cross country championships, Saturday Nov. 7.

Held at Stanley Park in Westfield Mass, the Dragons placed third on the men's side, and eighth on the women's and were among 42 colleges represented.

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For the women, Maggie Niland led HCC, as she earned a first-team All-America status with her fourth place finish. She clocked in at 19 minutes and 22 seconds, which is the best time in program history for the 5k race.

Amani Jones finished 13th overall, crossing at 20:17. While Corey Young led the Dragons on the men's side, finishing sixth overall (27:52) in the 8k race.

"This was another very good season," said Dragons coach Steve Musselman. "We stress hard work, be consistent and have some fun. They all put it out there for the team on race day. This is all a team can hope for."

Adding to a fantastic season, the USTFCCCA named Niland as the East region, Female Athlete of the Year, while Musselman was awarded Men's Coach of the Year honors.

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