NIACC men place second at regional meet

NIACC's Brian Jacques runs to a third-place finish at Sunday's regional meet in Fort Dodge.
NIACC's Brian Jacques runs to a third-place finish at Sunday's regional meet in Fort Dodge.

FORT DODGE - The No. 12 NIACC men's cross country team placed second with 74 points at the NJCAA Region XI meet on Sunday at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

Iowa Central won the team title for the fifth straight season with 19 points. Hawkeye CC was third with 92 points.

NIACC's Brian Jacques earned first-team all-region honors with a third-place finish in a time of 25 minutes, 38.6 seconds on the 8-kilometer course. Iowa Central's Karim Achengli was the individual champion in a time of 24:48.

It is the seventh straight season that the NIACC men have had a first-team all-region runner (top five). Jacques is the 17th runner in NIACC men's history to earn first-team all-region honors.

Also for the Trojans on Sunday, sophomore Blake Keller earned second-team all-region honors with a ninth-place finish (27:08). It was the second straight season that Keller earned all-region honors as he was an honorable mention selection as a freshman.

NIACC sophomore David Carter was 16th in 27:39 (honorable mention all-region) and sophomore John Kraft was 24th in 28:05 (honorable mention all-region). Kraft was also an honorable mention all-region selection as a freshman.

NIACC's fifth counting score came from freshman Daniel Hennigar, who was 30th in 28:33.

Also for NIACC, Jacob Hansen was 31st (28:36), Canyon Kuhlmann was 37th (28:49), Akahnni Delgado was 40th (29:12), Tyler Crawford was 41st (29:13), Grant Dieken was 45th (29:28), Hunter Filloon was 51st (29:51), Samuel Dean was 52nd (30:05) and Derek Carpenter was 74th (41:14).

NIACC returns to action Nov. 11 at the NJCAA Division I national championships in Fort Dodge. The Trojans have placed in the top 10 at the national meet four of the last six seasons.

Team standings - Iowa Central 19, NIACC 74, Hawkeye CC 92, Southwestern 92, Iowa Western 97, Indian Hills 146, Scott CC 273, Iowa Lakes 345.

Individual champion - Karim Achengli (Iowa Central) 24:48.

Coach of the year - Iowa Central's Dee Brown.