Cross country, soccer teams reach nationals
December 08, 2010

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The men’s cross country and soccer teams recorded best-ever finishes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national competitions, with the runners finishing seventh and the soccer team reaching the national tournament's "sweet sixteen" round.

 

Men's cross country team.

Coach Rodney Stoker’s cross country team was led by junior Bryson Harper, who finished the eight-kilometer race in 25:38, good for 27th place. Harper became the first athlete in the program's history to be named a Cross Country All-American with his top-30 performance. Senior Zach Buffington finished 35th at 25:52.

 

"Our men performed well,” Coach Rodney Stoker said. “I'm proud of what we accomplished and look forward to more progress in the years to come for our athletes.”                        
 
In addition to the men’s team, four Bryan women qualified for the women’s nationals.

 

After winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament the soccer Lions won their first game in the NAIA tournament, defeating the Columbia (Mo.) College Cougars 2-1 in double overtime.


Men's soccer team.

 

Seeded No. 14 in the tournament’s second round, the Lions fell 0-3 to Hastings College, the No. 3 seed.

 

Bryan ended the year with a record of 18-2-2, one of the best in program history.

 

Coach Sandy Zensen said, “Making it to the ‘sweet sixteen’ of the NAIA national tournament is certainly an extraordinary achievement – truly, a season to remember. Trophies tarnish, but the sort of men our players become in the future will last a lifetime.”