(Bettendorf, IA) - Waubonsee Community College's Jordan VanBarriger continues to achieve things very few Chiefs' Cross Country runners have ever done. The sophomore from Rockford East High School won the men's 8K race at the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bee Invitational to help lead Waubonsee to a fourth place finish overall. VanBarriger covered the course at Crow Creek Park in a time of 26:26 to once again put his name on the list of top-10 times ever turned in by a Chiefs' runner. Teammate Brad Osuch also placed 13th overall to earn top accolades among the 73 runners that participated from 10 colleges. Dalton Klingensmith finished 27th, Noah Robinson came in 29th, Cristian Driscoll was 32nd and C.J. Girolamo crossed the finish line 35th as the Chiefs tallied 102 points.
Gaby Juarez-Marrufo paced Waubonsee's women placing 25th overall in the 5K race with a time of 21:35. The Chiefs finished with 187 points to place seventh as a team among the 11 teams competing. Elizabeth Hess came in 37th, Rebecca Sweeney placed 40th, Ezbeydy Rivera finished 42nd and Maira Weitkamp was 45th among the 84 runners that participated.
Coach Abby Ebener's crew now gears up for the dual Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and Region IV Meet set for Saturday, October 26, hosted by Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men's race to follow at approximately 11:45 a.m. The top-10 runners in each race will earn All-ISCC honors, while the top-15 finishers in each race will garner All-Region status. The winning teams and All-Region recipients will automatically qualify for the NJCAA Division I National Championship Meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, November 9.