Hunter Men Three-Peat at CUNYAC/U.S. Army Men's Cross Country Championships
Hunter College's Chris Guerrero, for the third year in a row, was the first runner to cross the finish line and help his team win in the process, as Hunter College won the 2011 CUNYAC/U.S. Army men's cross country championship at Van Cortlandt Park on Tuesday, November 8th.
Guerrero finished in a time of 27:47 over the eight kilometer course, four seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Younes Benzaid of Queensborough Community College (27:51) and fifty-seven seconds ahead of the next senior college runner, teammate Jose Miranda (28:44) in the win.
Hunter had runners finish first, second, fourth, eighth and sixteenth to complete the scoring. As a team, the Hawks scored 31, thirty-six points better than Baruch who was a distant second. John Jay College, with 85 points, was third.
After winning the race last season, on the heels of losing his father, this season Guerrero had another hurdle to overcome as the junior had to race while nursing an ankle injury.
"My ankle bothered me at times during the race," said Guerrero. "But as the race went on, I became more and more focused and I think in the final mile I kind of forgot all about it."
It was the third straight season Hunter scored a victory, and the fourteenth time since 1989, all of which were under Hawks head coach, Ed Zarowin.
"I was pretty confident going in that we had an excellent chance of winning," said Zarowin. "As I keep saying, as long as they don't move the finish line on us, we'll be OK."