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Gators Cross Country finishes eighth at NWAC Championships

Meet the 2014-15 Men`s Cross Country team.Meet the 2014-15 Men`s Cross Country team.

Gator Cross Country traveled to Battleground, WA, for the 2014 Northwest Athletic Association's XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8. After placing second at the NWAC North Region Championships, the Gators looked to take that momentum into the NWAC Championships at Lewisville Park.

The Gators finished in eighth place out of 12 teams, with a total of 192 points. A total of 68 runners competed for the NWAC Championship, and the Gators had five runners place 47th or better. Sophomore Manuel Cintron was the first Gator to finish, in 21st place with a time of 26:34.

Other notable finishes for the Gators were Edson Zaldivar (39th place), Brian Reilly (42nd place), Gabe Fejeran (43rd place), and Brennan Wallin (47th place). The Gators' average time was 27:36, which was 1:45 slower than first-place Spokane, with an average time of 25:51.

The Gators will look to improve on their 2014 season next year. They will have four freshmen returning next season, including Gabe Fejeran who finished 43rd at the NWAC Championship.