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Three MVCC runners named NJCAA All-Americans

Three MVCC runners named NJCAA All-Americans

The Mohawk Valley Community College cross country program added three national honors as two of the men and one of the women were named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans for the 2013 season. Receiving these honors were Matthew Brooks and Todd Stevens for the men's team, becoming the 33rd and 34th cross country All-Americans from MVCC. Andrea Sweczyk was the 55th cross country All-American for the MVCC women's program.

For the men's program, Brooks of Utica placed seventh at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championship at Holyoke Community College back on November 9. He completed the 8K-course in a time 28 minutes, 39.68 seconds with an average of 3:35.0 per kilometer. During the 2013 season, Brooks was the first place runner for the Hawks in all six invitationals.

Overall for the individual races, Brooks placed 13th at SUNY Cobleskill in 30:03 for the five-mile course, first at Finger Lakes Community College in 28:52 for the five-mile course, 21st at SUNY Cortland in 20:30 for the 6K course, 14th at SUNY IT in 28:09 for the 6K course, 45th at Hamilton College in 29:00 for the five-mile course, 1st at Herkimer County Community College in 22:17 for the four-mile course, and 1st at the NJCAA Region III Championship in 28:45 for the five-mile course.

Stevens of Holland Patent was the number two runner for the Hawks the entire season and placed 13th at the NJCAA National Championship in a time of 29:04.26. He placed 20th at SUNY Cobleskill in 31:10, fourth at Finger Lakes CC in 29:31, 36st at SUNY Cortland in 20:58, 23rd at SUNY IT in 29:06, 61st at Hamilton College in 29:47, 2nd at Herkimer CCC in 22:33, and 5th at the NJCAA Region III Championship in 29:27.

Sweczyk placed ninth at the national championship in a time of 21:22.81 for the 5K-course. She was the Hawks' No. 1 runner in each race with an overall of eighth at SUNY Cobleskill in 19:55, second at Finger Lakes CC in 21:16, 25th at SUNY Cobleskill in 16:31, 33rd at Hamilton College in 19:45, second at Herkimer CCC in 20:48 and third at the Region III championship in 21:10.

The field of runners at each other races (excluding the Region III championship) consisted of both two-year and four-year college teams.