Rustler cross country runner Clay Johnson finished the championships in the top half of the race. Johnson finished 128 out of 287 runners with a time of 28:24.
“This was a great experience for Clay and me,” said Al Lara, head coach. “I am very pleased how Clay performed and it was a good experience for him to run against the best.”
Johnson was the only runner from the team that qualified for NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa from Central. First place runner, Gilbert Kigen from Central Arizona College had a time of 23:55. The championship race was 8 kilometers.
“He is already talking about going back next year and running even better,” Lara said. “He wants to make all-American and he has great work ethic and never misses a day of practice.”