Cross country running at nationals

Cross country running at nationals

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Making its third straight trip to the 5K NJCAA Division I National Championship, the Northern Virginia Community College cross country team is one over 50 teams competing Saturday.

Last time at the course
The Nighthawks won their fourth consecutive NJCAA Region 20 meet after dispatching second place Harford by 17 points. Kmaljeet Athwal finished second overall, while Abby Collins and Emily Compton wee fourth and fifth. All three earned an all-region nod – for Compton it was second All-Region 20 recognition.

Watch the event
The NJCAA is going to live stream the National Championship on Facebook Live please visit to keep up with the Nighthawks Saturday morning at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course

Record break
Athwal, Collins and Compton all put their names in the top three at NOVA for the best three 5K times in school history. Athwal broke the program record at the Hagan Stone Classic, while Collins and Compton put their names in second and third after the region meet.

Two years ago
The last time the NJCAA ran the D-I National Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the winner, Leanne Pompeani crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 21.58 seconds, which was 20 seconds faster than the second-place competitor. There were 49 runners, who finished the flat course in under 20 minutes.

Nighthawks in Fort Dodge
Alyssa Johnson was the first Nighthawk runner to cross the line two years ago, as the sophomore finished in 21:28.41. Overall, NOVA closed out its first national appearance in 48th place, which was ahead of College of Du Page and Essex County.