Cross Country teams top Heartland Conference Championship


Spurred on by a motivational speech by track legend Jim Ryun, Newman runners swept the 2012 Heartland Conference Cross Country Championships, with the men’s team finishing first and the women’s team placing second. The event was hosted by Newman Oct. 20.

Ryun spoke to a group of excited runners at a special pre-championship event Oct. 19. The first high school runner to break the 4-minute mile, Ryun is a three-time Olympian, five-time world record holder, Kansas Sports Hall of Famer, and a former U.S. Congressman.

Following the Heartland Conference Championships, both the men’s and women’s teams went on to finish 17th out of 33 teams at the NCAA Div. II Regionals.