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Men’s Cross Country
Wallace State’s men’s cross country is back and has already earned championship status! The Lions won the 2018 Alabama Community College Conference championship.
The completed its first season in Fall 2017 after being reintroduced to the athletics slate, finishing Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) runner-up in their inaugural season under long-time coach Stan Narewski.
Narewski returned to Hanceville after leading Wallace State cross country to multiple conference championships before the program was discontinued in June 2008.
Under Narewski and assistant coach Tony Crider, Wallace State’s men team competed in meets at Tuscaloosa, Jacksonville, Huntsville and Montevallo during the 2017 season before hosting the ACCC meet on campus.
Freshman Victor Bravo was among the inaugural-season highlights for the Lions as he placed first for the team in every meet.
At the conference meet, Bravo finished fourth overall, earning All-ACCC honors along with Dustin Howell, Christian Baker and Tyler Crowden.
Andrew Blair, Brennan Wink, Jacob Guthrie, Morgan Smith and Johnny Carter III rounded out Wallace State’s roster in 2017.
Men’s cross county was successful in the classroom during the 2017-2018 season as the Lions amassed a 3.09 GPA as a NJCAA honorable mention All-Academic team. Bravo and Blair earned individual academic recognition.
During Narewksi’s first stint at Wallace State, men’s cross country teams won five conference championships, while the women won a pair. Wallace State also won a men’s track and field NJCAA Division II national title in 1997 under Narewski – one of seven national championships for the college.
Upon leaving Wallace State, Narewski, 69, took on the role of Director of Planned and Major Gifts at the University of West Alabama, where he is a member of the college’s athletics Hall of Fame.
Narewski has more than 30 years of coaching experience and was named a three-time NJCAA Coach of the Year during his previous time at Wallace State. He was also inducted into the NJCAA Track Hall of Fame. Before his initial tenure at Wallace State, Narewski had coaching stops at Auburn, Kansas, Furman, Murray State, Clemson and Florida.
As the program moves forward, Narewski hopes to fill his roster with local runners each year.
“We are going to focus on runners within the county first and then stretch out to our service area and across the state. The cross country culture and atmosphere in this area has really increased in the last 10 years and that’s exciting. More and more high schools are interested in fielding competitive cross country teams,” Narewski said. “I think every community college in the state should have a cross country team. Young people need a place to run in college and only need one or two years of running under their belt in order to get picked up by a four-year college.”
For more information, contact:
Stan Narewksi, Wallace State Cross Country Coach
Phone: 256.352.7880 or 205.914.2506
Tony Crider, Assistant Cross Country Coach