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 October 23, 2012

PALOS HILLS, Ill. --- When Prairie State College men’s head cross country coach Oscar Espinosa and assistant coaches Keith Burke and Alex Moore crunched the numbers just prior to Saturday’s Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship Meet, the digits looked pretty favorable.

Barring an all-out disaster, the three coaches figured PSC’s men’s squad could finish no worse than second in the league standings.

Turns out that calculation was right on the money.

The Pioneer men turned in their best finish in program history Saturday, locking down the second-place slot in the final standings by way of a 72-point performance at the meet held at Moraine Valley.

Morton secured the men’s title with a score of 47.

Prairie State placed three runners on the All-Skyway team, as freshmen Louis and Luke Henderson (Rich South H.S.) and sophomore Malik Dorris (Romulus H.S., Mich.) were all among the race’s top 10 finishers and earned spots on the squad.

Louis Henderson now shares the PSC eight-kilometer record with brother Luke (27 minutes, 2 seconds), who established the previous mark at the DuPage Invitational (Sept. 28).

Louis and Luke finished in second and third-place respectively. Luke turned in a clocking of 27:06.

Dorris finished in 10th place and covered the fast race course in a time of 27:47.

Freshman Aaron Borgman (Beecher H.S.) also ran well, turning in a time of 30:05, good for a 27th place finish.

Sophomore Muhammad Chattha (Niles North H.S.) rounded out the Pioneers’ top five finishers, placing 33rd in a time of 30:41.

Freshmen Julian Miranda (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (37th place, 31:22) and Matt Hensen (39th, 31:56) ran in the sixth and seventh slots respectively for PSC.

On the women’s side, freshman Larissa Swanson (Beecher H.S.) became just the second PSC female runner to earn a spot on the all-conference squad, finishing 10th with a time of 21:04.

Swanson was PSC’s lone female competitor.

PSC will now gear up for the NJCAA Region IV Championship Meet this Saturday.

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