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story.lead_photo.caption Photo courtesy of JBU Sports Information John Brown junior Ben Martin finished 75th overall at the NAIA National Cross Country Meet held at Fort Vancouver (Wash.) on Nov. 22.

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Making his second consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championships meet, junior Ben Martin raced his way to a 75th place finish in the field of 335 runners on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

One year removed from placing 143rd overall in a time of 26 minutes, Martin nearly halved his final placement in a time of 26:11 this year.

After sitting in 134th after the first two kilometers, Martin jumped 44 spots over the next 6:29 to move into 90th place. By the six-kilometer mark, the Topeka, Kan., native improved another five spots before entering the final two kilometers of the race.

Martin finished the final two kilometers of the race in 6:33, allowing him to move up another 10 spots to grab 75th overall.

Oklahoma City nabbed its fifth Red Banner, led by Mark Shaw's individual title in a time of 24:39.

Sports on 12/01/2019

Print Headline: Martin takes 75th at NAIA meet

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