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Freyholtz wins second straight national title for Oak Hills

The Oak Hills Christian College men's cross country team finished fifth as a team and Billy Freyholtz won his second national title Saturday at the NCCAA Division II National Championship in Jackson, Miss. Pictured from the team are (from left to right): Coach Matt Myrick, Landon Peterson, Billy Freyholtz, Dezmond Ramirez, Timothy Kue, Brandon Reller and Joseph Weeks. (Submitted photo)

JACKSON, Miss. -- Billy Freyholtz and the Oak Hills Christian College men’s cross country team made history Saturday as the sophomore repeated as national champion at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship in Jackson, Miss.

Freyholtz, a Bemidji High School graduate, won the 8K race with a time of 27:22 to best the field of more than 40 runners. The Oak Hills sophomore finished more than 30 seconds ahead of the next runner. Freyholtz also received All-American honors for the second year in a row.

Freyholtz was joined by teammates Dezmond Ramirez (32:40), Brandon Reller (34:57), Landon Peterson (36:13), Joseph Weeks (43:22) and Timmy Kue (43:35) at the Choctaw Trails course.

The Wolfpack men’s team took fifth place at the national meet in only the program’s second season in existence.

“I am very proud of the whole cross country program,” Oak Hills coach Matt Myrick said in a news release. “We went from being a start-up program last year with three national qualifying runners to taking an entire team this year. Everyone in this program worked very hard and I am excited to see the progress we can make by this time next year.”