The East Central University men’s cross country team will be looking to defend its back-to-back Great American Conference titles at the 2013 GAC Championship at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville, Ark. Arkansas Tech is hosting the meet this season, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The Tigers claimed the title on their home course in 2012 and on the road in 2011. Sophomore Arturo Nava is the top returner from the 2012 team, finishing third overall and earning GAC Freshman of the Year and All-GAC First Team honors with a time of 26:17.4.
Junior Taylor Nasu was 12th in a time of 27:17.0 and sophomore Zacharie Jeandemange was 28th in 28:56.1.
In 2013, the Tigers have been paced by senior William Baldwin and freshman Richard Mora. Baldwin has two top-15 finishes and Mora has led the team in two races. Baldwin’s top finish was at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational (Oct. 12), where he was seventh in 25:46.0. Mora top finish was 18th at the Midwestern Stampede (Sept. 5) in a time of 20:55.7.