NIACC's Wako wins Trent Smith Invitational

NIACC's Adbiaziz Wako (front) and Gavin Connell run at Friday's Trent Smith Invitational.
NIACC's Adbiaziz Wako (front) and Gavin Connell run at Friday's Trent Smith Invitational.

MASON CITY - For the second time this season, NIACC's Abdiaziz Wako claimed an individual title at a cross country meet.

Wako, a sophomore, claimed the second annual Trent Smith Invitational in a personal best time of 26 minutes, 41 seconds on the 8-kilometer course on the NIACC campus on Friday. Wako won the Grand View Invitational in 27:41 on Sept. 14.

NIACC placed second with 56 points. Hawkeye CC was the team champion with 28 points and Southwestern CC was third with 77 points.

NIACC's Gavin Connell placed fourth in a personal-best time of 26:59. Other counting scores for the Trojans were Sam Pedelty (9th in personal-best time of 27:35), Daniel Hennigar (21st in 28:12) and Zane Miller (24th in personal-best time of 28:17).

Also for the Trojans, Isaac Branstad was 25th in personal-best time of 28:26, Grant Dieken was 34th in 28:58 and Tyler Crawford was 48th in 30:03.

NIACC returns to action Oct. 26 at the NJCAA Region XI meet in Davenport.

Team standings - Hawkeye CC 28, NIACC 56, Southwestern 77, Grand View 110, Indian Hills 135, Buena Vista 147, Waldorf 182.