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Humidity doesn't stop Cyclones at nationals

Humidity doesn't stop Cyclones at nationals

The four Cyclones who qualified to race at the Big Dance contented with humid conditions but still ran well at the NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championship in Tallahassee, Florida.

Head Coach Dimitri Dimizas explained that this race was somewhat bittersweet because the men ran well on a great course built for fast times, but by the time it started, the heat and humidity slowed everyone down, so they weren't able to have any season-ending personal records.

David Olmos continued his speedy ways and crossed the line first for the Cyclones in 35th place out of 219 runners in 27:17 over the 8K course. Brandon Armendarez was close behind in 39th in 27:28. Jack Kajmowicz finished in 115th in 29:53 while Gavin Hampton was 133rd in 30:33.

"Our four guys showed that we were a top 15 team in the nation, and I am very proud of them for that. David and Brandon put themselves in position early to fight for an All-American spot. Even though they just missed out, I hope they are happy with their efforts. They have been an incredible duo all season," Dimizas said. "After not feeling well at the region meet, Jack went back to his old ways. He passed 19 people in the last 3K and finished his freshman season strong. Gavin fought the whole way going back and forth with people and moved up six spots in the final 2K. For David, Brandon and Gavin, it was a nice way to end their Cyclones career."

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