CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - The Howard Dragons and sophomore harrier Gary Smolyak both finished third at the 2014 NJCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday.
Smolyak finished the 8K race in 27:48, just 19 seconds behind the winner to finish his amazing MD JUCO career. Two other Dragons finished in the top 25 overall to help the team earn third-place honors. Jacob Staley (29:23) finished in 14th place and Brooks Ward (29:56) finished in 25th.
Howard's 130 points was behind National Champion Harper (Ill.) who had the top two finishers and a five-man total of 28 points. All five of Harper's top runners finished in the top 10. Mohawk Valley (92) finished second.