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Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 15.10.42NCAA Men's 8K Results | NCAA Women's 6K Results

ELSAH, IL --- Four runners from the New Jersey Athletic Conference earned All-America honors at Saturday's NCAA Championships in Elsah, IL, including Rowan's Kevin Veltre, Ramapo's Jeremy Hernandez, Stockton's Alicia Belko, and TCNJ's Natalie Cooper.

Veltre came in 13th out of 279 runners for All-America honors.  He covered the 8K course in 24:39.62.  This season, he was the individual champion at the NJAC Championships.  Veltre was the conference's Runner of the Year and on the NJAC All-Conference first team. 

Hernandez placed his highest in his collegiate career as he crossed the finish line with a time of 24:57.92 in the 8k race.  The time put him in 38th place earning him All-American honors, the first of his career in the sport.  Hernandez is the first cross country runner at Ramapo College to earn the All-American nod.

Belko ran a time of 21:23.70 for six kilometers to earn 27th out of 279 runners in the race. The senior suffered a fall one kilometer into the race that resulted in a black eye, but she recovered for a strong finish. 

Cooper finished in 28th place with a time of 21:24. This marks the first All-American for the Lions since the 2008 season. Cooper earned several accolades this year. In addition to receiving All-American Honors, she was New Jersey Athletic Conference Runner of the Year as well as first team All-NJAC. 

The Rowan men's squad finished 23rd in the team standings, and the TCNJ women finished 30th.