Azusa Pacific men's cross country team found itself on the awards podium aftter recording its best-ever showing on the national level with a third-place perfomrance at the NAIA Championhip Meet in Louisville, Ky. The Cougar women finished ninth.
Two weeks after their most disappointing performnces of the season, Azusa Pacific men's and women's cross country returned to the same site and this time impressed on-lookers with efforts at the NAIA regional meet that should lock up berths to the NAIA national championship meet.
Sophomore Aron Rono became the first Cougar since 1997 to win the GSAC men's cross country title, taking this year crown with a 24:21. The Cougar men finished third while the women were fourth at the conference meet.
Azusa Pacific's nationally-ranked men's and women's cross country teams sparkled at the Charles Bowles Invitational. Cougar sophomore Aron Rono won the men's race while the Cougar women made a statement with their team performance.
Sophomore Jaime Canterbury led the NAIA's No. 19-ranked Azusa Pacific to a fine showing at the 61st Annual Aztec Invitational with a performance that should move the Cougars up the national poll.
Sophomore transfer Aron Rono lived up to the preseason billing, winning the individual title at the Cal State Fullerton "Season Opener" to lead the NAIA's No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific.
Never before has there been so much excitement surrounding a coming season of Azusa Pacific cross country. The Cougar men are ranked No. 4 in the NAIA Preason Poll and have the talent to litterally make a run at the national title.