An All-American sprint to the finish

Allen runners shine at nationals



November 16, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The Allen Community College men’s cross country team accepts a runner-up trophy Saturday at the NJCAA National Meet. Members are, front row from left, Ray Gonzalez, Brig Merritt and Blane DeGrado, son of head coach Vince DeGrado; second row, Phillip Semien, Owen Taylor, Kyle Henry, Coach DeGrado, Devin Crow, Henos Andebrhan, Michael McMorris and Burch Greene. Courtesy photo

FORT DODGE, Iowa — All of the trials, tribulations, thrills and spills of a cross country season unlike any other suddenly came down the last 800 meters, with three teams still within reach of a national championship.

Allen Community College, which spent time as the top NJCAA Division II team in the country before a late swoon dropped the Red Devil men to third, was neck and neck with North Iowa and Cowley.

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