The Next Level: McNiff’s Grizzlies win cross country title

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Former volleyball, soccer stars wrap-up season

By The Staff

Adams State College junior Ryan McNiff finished his junior year with a national cross country championship and an All-American nod.

McNiff, formerly of Los Alamos, finished 29th in the NCAA Division II championship race Saturday. The D-II title race was held in Evansville, Ind.

In the race, McNiff finished the 10-kilometer course in 32 minutes, 13.8 seconds, placing him 22nd among team scorers. It was McNiff’s third cross country All-American individual title.

For the Grizzlies, it was their second-straight national title and seventh D-II championship in school history. Their team score of 23 points was the lowest team score recorded in NCAA Division I, II or III cross country since 1992.

ASC was paced by Rueben Mwei, who won the school’s first individual national championship since 2003.

During his college career, McNiff has also picked up three All-American track and field honors.

Little excels at St. Petersburg

Kristina Little wrapped up a solid sophomore season with her performance at middle blocker for St. Petersburg College.

Little, a 2008 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was among the statistical leaders in hitting efficiency and blocking at the junior college level.

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