Shoreview native shines in cross country

Shoreview native Adam Braun turned in an impressive second-place finish earlier this month in the 2012 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) cross country championships. Braun, a freshman at Augustana College, took second in the junior men's race held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Braun completed the 6,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 54.02 seconds to place second behind a Team USA teammate from Syracuse University. Team USA won the event with 12 points while Canada was second with 29 points.

Braun, the second Augustana runner to compete for Team USA in international competition, earned a spot on the team by finishing sixth at the USA Cross Country Championships in February. As the sixth-place finisher, Braun was the first alternate and he was put on the team when another runner was forced to withdraw because of injury.

"Adam's performance is one of the most impressive by an Augustana cross country athlete," said head cross country coach Tracy Hellman. "To finish second in a race of this caliber is a major indicator of the level of racing Adam has risen to. We couldn't be more proud of his accomplishment and we look forward to many more impressive races from him."

Nations represented in the international event were the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador, St. Vincent, Cuba, Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda, Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

In February, Braun was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's All-Academic Team for 2011. He finished 68th at the 2012 Division II NCAA Championships, helping the Viking men finish sixth in the team standings.

Augustana is located in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The NSIC currently has 14 members: Bemidji State, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota State-Moorhead, St. Cloud State, Winona State, Southwest Minnesota State, Northern State, Wayne State, Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota-Crookston, Mary, Upper Iowa and Augustana. It will expand to 16 teams this fall with the addition of Minot State and Sioux Falls.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com

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