FORT DODGE – NIACC freshman Brian Jacques made history on Saturday.
Jacques earned all-American honors with his seventh-place finish at the NJCAA Division I national cross country championships in a personal-best time of 25 minutes, 13 seconds on the 8-kilometer course on the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.
The seventh-place finish by Jacques is the higest ever by a NIACC men’s runner at the national meet. The previous best finish was an 11th-place finish by Trent Smith at the 2011 national meet.
Jacques’ 25:13 is the third-fastest time in school history behind Wal Khat’s 24:49 in 2016 and Imad Amenzou’s 25:12 in 2015.
NIACC placed 18th in the team standings with 480 points. Iowa Central won the national title with 65 points and Central Arizona was second with 112 points.
Southern Idaho’s Eric Fitzpatrick was the individual champion in 24:45 and Iowa Central’s Ezekiel Kipchirchir was second in 24:48.
Other counting scores for the Trojans were Blake Keller (68th in 26:51), David Carter (129th in 27:31), John Kraft (131st in 27:33) and Daniel Hennigar (162nd in 27:55).
Also running for the NIACC men were Jacob Hansen (187th in 28:18) and Canyon Kuhlmann (253rd in 29:22).
In the women’s race, NIACC’s Julia Dunlavey placed 123rd in a time of 20:28 in the women’s 5K race.
NIACC placed 29th in the team standings with 788 points. Iowa Central was the team champion with 52 points and Central Arizona was second with 135 points.
Iowa Central’s Adva Cohen was the individual champion in 17:24 and Garden City CC’s Sandra Szpott was second (17:43).
Other counting scores for the NIACC women were sophomore Amy Fullerton was 163rd in a season-best time of 20:56, sophomore Keisha Gonzague was 190th (21:30), freshman Rebekah Larson was 203rd in career-best 21:46 and freshman Ally Trager was 209th in a personal-best 21:51.
Also for the Lady Trojans, freshman Tiffany Meyer was 211th in a career-best 21:53 and sophomore Allison Steahr was 257th in 22:57.