Cross Country: Hallow Runner-Up finish paces Catamounts to 4th place finish at Nationals

NJCAA DIII Cross Country Nationals

Westfield, MA- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association number nine ranked Potomac State Catamounts competed for the NJCAA D3 National Championship on an unseasonably warm November day in Massachusetts on Saturday.  Former National Athlete of the Week, Jared Hallow (Gerrardstown, WV) once again led the Catamounts with an incredible National Runner-up finish.  A fitting end to his freshman campaign that begun with 4 consecutive runner-up finishes. 

 "Jared had a fantastic year for us that began with 4 runner-up finishes before winning the Region XX Championship.  It was just fitting and incredible that he was able to place 2nd at the National Championships," stated Potomac State Head Cross Country Coach Ian Hankins

Hallow’s performance earned him First Team All-American Honors as he became the college’s first All-American.  Hallow was not the only Catamount to have an impressive showing at the national championship as 5 of the 7 harriers for Potomac State ran career best times on the Stanley Park Course. 

Greg Dirlik (Silver Spring, MD) had one of the more impressive showings as he placed 21st in a career best time of 29:03 to just miss All-American Honors.  Pierce Miller (46th), Grayson Aldridge (59th), and Matthew Spencer (88th) rounded out the scoring for Potomac State.  Zachary Green (91st) and Marcus Garey (141st) also competed for the Catamounts.  Potomac State finished an impressive 4th overall to narrowly miss the podium as they were edged out by Region XX rival Howard.

“It was a great day to be a Catamount,” said .Hankins.  “Not only was it perfect conditions, but everybody starting with Jared executed the perfect race plan.  Jared ran an incredible race stride for stride with heavy favorite Zakaria, before finishing 2nd. The team race was truly impressive, especially for it being only our 2nd year in existence.  It is a huge accomplishment to mix it up with perennial national contenders in Harper, Mohawk and Howard.”

Harper College won a historic 5th consecutive national title over Mohawk Valley.

Mohawk Valley’s Zakaria Djouma won the individual title by 53 seconds over Potomac State’s Hallow.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys as we gave it all with our eyes set on the podium before falling just short.  Fourth in the Nation is an incredible feat especially for it being only our second year, when I took this job I said it would take 5 years to get top 5 and we are already 3 years ahead of that,” said Hankins.