PSC Men and Women Compete at Cal College Invite [September 6, 2014]

WHITING, Ind. --- The Prairie State College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the first-annual Calumet College of St. Joseph Invitational Saturday evening.

The Pioneers’ women’s squad finished in seventh place in the team standings while the PSC men only entered two runners and did not meet the minimum team qualification of five members.

PSC’s women’s squad was pace by sophomore Elizabeth Flores (Bloom H.S.). Flores covered the four-kilometer course in a time of 24 minutes, 42 seconds. She finished in 24th place.

Flores wasn’t the only Pioneer to perform well either as freshman Gabriela Najera (Thornton H.S.) placed 34th with a clocking of 26:59.

Sophomore Bianca Mendoza (Thornwood H.S.), (36th, 27:24) and freshman Victoria Falvo (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (41st, 28:06) rounded out the Pioneers’ attack.

On the men’s side, freshman Ben Tucker (Beecher H.S.) finished 33rd completing the six-kilometer course in a time of 22:56 while fellow freshman Preston Allen (Andrew H.S.) turned in a clocking of 25;14 and finished in 50th place.

The Pioneers will see action next on Sept. 13 when they travel to Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin for the Concordia University Falcon Invitational (Men: 11 a.m. start, women, noon start).


PSC Women Run to Fourth-Place Effort at Harper [August 30, 2014]

PALATINE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s and women’s cross country teams got off to a fast start Saturday afternoon at the first-annual Harper Invitational.

The Pioneer women’s squad finished fourth at the meet, tallying 91 points while the PSC men ran only two runners and did not have the necessary five athletes to qualify for a team score.

Sophomore Elizabeth Flores (Bloom H.S.) led the way for the women’s team, covering the four-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 32 seconds. Flores’ time was good for a 26th-place showing.

Fellow sophomore Bianca Mendoza (Thornwood H.S.) finished 28th with a clocking of 19:59 while freshman Victoria Falvo (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) came in 33rd with a time of 20:31.

Freshman Gabriela Najera (Thornton H.S.), (34th, 21:32) and sophomore Mary Nieves (Thornwood H.S.), (38th, 25:37) rounded out the Pioneers’ lineup.

On the men’s side, freshman harrier Ben Tucker (Beecher H.S.) led the way with a 30th-place effort, completing the six-kilometer competition in 23:22.

Freshman Preston Allen (Andrew H.S.) finished 44th while clocking in at 25:42.

The Pioneers will see action this Friday at the Calumet College of St. Joseph Crimson Wave Invitational (5:45 p.m. start).


2014 Men's and Women's Cross Country Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and cross country careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:

* Gabriella Najera (Thornwood H.S.)

* Benjamin Tucker (Beecher H.S.)

* Samuel Jaros (Brother Rice H.S.)

* Victoria Falvo (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.)

* Preston Allen (Andrew H.S.)