Highland Men's Cross Country Records Fall at Fort Hays
Highland Men’s Cross Country Records Fall at Fort Hays
The #11 nationally ranked men’s cross country team from Highland Community College had a huge day at the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational. The men took 2nd place in the 20 team Invitational. As a team, the men broke the Highland record for best overall team time, and Brian Martinez (Pasadena, TX) broke his own Highland record that he set a year ago.
The Scotties record-breaking performance saw them beat nationally ranked NJCAA teams Iowa Western, Butler, and Pratt. Number six nationally ranked Allen County Community College won the meet in a close and competitive battle with the Scotties.
Individually, Martinez led the way with his school record performance of 25:21 in 7th place, followed by Rey Quinones-Velez (Clermont, FL) in 25:52 at 10th, and Ronnie Carroll (Smyrna, DE) 26:12 in 16th. Rounding out the scoring was Fernando Lucero’s (Rio Rancho, NM) 19th place in 26:30, Christian Salazar’s (San Antonio, TX) 29th in 26:56, Derrick Zaldivar’s (Topeka) 38th place in 27:34, and Corey Scott’s (Pasadena, TX) 40th place in 27:36.
Coach Chad Clevenger commented on the performance, “This was a great team effort. It’s always exciting to see teams perform at such a high level that the institutional records fall. We went out to a great course, competed against some of the best NJCAA teams in the country, and held our own. We’re looking forward to the Championship part of our season as we look to break a few more records at our Conference, Regional, and National Championship meets over the next three weeks. Our Region is pretty tough. We have eight teams that have been ranked throughout the season. We’re looking forward to rise up to that challenge.”
The men’s and women’s cross country team compete next on October 25 at the Regional/KJCCC Championship meet hosted by Colby Community College. The women race at 10:00 am, and the men follow at 11:00 am.
Updates to the HCC Men’s Cross Country Records (Top 15):
1. Brian Martinez 25:21 2014
2. Rey Quinones-Velez 25:52 2014
3. Ronnie Carroll 26:12 2014
4. John Farlinger 26:21 2000
5. Fernando Lucero 26:30 2014
6. Richard Brusk 26:34 2000
7. Brian Weishaar 26:42 2000
8. Derrick Delanty 26:46 2000
9. Brett Simshauser 26:50 2013
10. Pat Younger 26:50 2000
11. Jesse Griffin 26:51 1989
12. John Russell 26:52 1992
13. Seth Parres 26:54 2013
14. Christian Salazar 26:56 2014
15. Travis Jenkins 26:56 1997