If the actual NCAC Championship has a similar finish as the Pre-NCAC Invitational from Yellow Springs, Ohio, DU senior Dee Salukombo will be all smiles. If it doesn't, odds are Salukombo will still be smiling. Aside from running fast, it's what he does best.
On Saturday, Salukombo won his third race in as many tries in 2011 after a time of 25:511.8 at the Pre-NCAC Invitational that was hosted by Wittenberg University on Saturday morning. Salukombo covered the 8K course 30 seconds faster than second-place Evan Hitchcock of Ohio Wesleyan. This marked the 13th victory in the cross country career of Salukombo.
Classmate Alexander Chappars posted his best finish of the 2011 season by locking up third place after a time of 26:31.5. He fended off Shane Brandt of Ohio Wesleyan by just four-tenths of a second.
Following for Denison in positions three through five were John Williamson, Chris Dunn and Hank Francis. Williamson placed 22nd with a time of 28:12.3 and Dunn turned in a 28th place finish and a time of 28:25.4. Francis rounded out the scoring with a 39th place finish and a time of 29:02.0.
As a team, DU finished with 81 points which landed them in third place out of seven teams. Ohio Wesleyan won the meet with 28 points while Wittenberg followed with 75 points.