Elsah, Illinois – Shawnee State cross country finished the season strong on Saturday, with both teams notching top 10 finishes at the NAIA National Championships in Elsah, Illinois. The SSU women would finish ninth, while the men finished 10th.
Anna Havranek (JR/Sugarcreek, Ohio) was the best finisher for the Shawnee State women, finishing in 23rd place with a time of 17:49.63. Megan Ashton (SR/Proctorville, Ohio) finished 55th at 18:29.39, and Natalie Berania's time of 18:43.41 would round out the top 100 finishes for the Bears. SSU would finish in ninth place overall and were the only Mid-South Conference school represented at the meet.
David Jaeger (SO/Liberty Township, Ohio) would be the highest finisher for the Shawnee State men, placing 29th with a time of 25:24.6. Adrian Ross (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio) finished 50th overall at 25:49.0, giving SSU two top 50 finishes. SSU's Seth Farmer (SO/Waverly, Ohio) (26:01.1), Ethan Richter (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio) (26:03.0), and Parker Blain (JR/Marietta, Ohio) (26:06.8) would finish 77th, 82nd, and 90th respectively, giving the Bears five top 100 finishers. SSU was again the lone Mid-South Conference school competing as a team at the event.
British Columbia (Canada) would win the national championship on the women's side, while Southern Oregon won the men's tournament.
In addition to the performance at the National Championships, Shawnee State were recognized with three winners of the Daktronics NAIA Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete awards. The award recognizes student-athletes with GPAs 3.5 or over. Anna Havranek and Kate Spencer (JR/Glouster, Ohio) were winners for the women, and Chad McComas (JR/Proctorville, Ohio) won for the men.
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