Photo by Jim Cummins
Harper College will be the site of the top junior college talent in Illinois, as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Cross Country Championships will be run on campus in Palatine on Saturday.
Teams from NJCAA DI and DIII schools will all compete for an opportunity to go to nationals. The day gets started with the women’s 5K race at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K race at noon. The 13-team field will feature 11 schools at the NJCAA DI level: Carl Sandburg College, College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, Malcolm X College, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College, Oakton Community College, Prairie State College, Sauk Valley Community College, and Waubonsee Community College. Host Harper College and Joliet Junior College are the two NJCAA DIII schools in the meet.
The Harper College men’s cross country team is currently ranked as the top junior college team in the nation at the NJCAA DIII level in the latest USATFCCCA poll while the women’s team is ranked No. 2 in the nation. The men’s team is the four-time defending national champion, and the women’s team finished second in the nation in 2014 and is vying for its first-ever national title in school history.
“It’s nice to be able to host a meet. It’s an important meet because it’s a Region Championship,” Harper College women’s and men’s cross country coach Jim Macnider said. “We’ll make it a top-notch meet. Teams need to perform well there because it gives them the opportunity to go to the national meet.”
Spectators interested in viewing the event should park in Lot #2 at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine). The races will be run at the Plum Grove Reservoir on the campus’ south end. Find all the details for the day here. For a printable course map for the women, click here. For a printable course map for the men, click here.