By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The thirty-two team field and individual qualifiers for the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships were announced by the national office Monday.
Defending national runner-up No. 1 Southern Oregon and defending national champion No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) headline the 32-team men’s field made up of 21 conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping champions; one conference, independent, and unaffiliated grouping runner-up and ten at-large selections.
St. Francis, Eastern Oregon, British Columbia, Oklahoma Baptist, St. Xavier (Ill.), Tennessee Wesleyan, Concordia (Neb.), Indiana Tech, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and College of Idaho were the at-large selections. Each of the at-large selections was ranked in the final regular-season poll, which can be found here.
For information about the conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping champions that received automatic berths to the national championships, click here.
Beyond the 32-team field, 97 individuals—representing 64 institutions—will also compete at the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The men’s 8-kilometer race will begin at 10:30 a.m. CST, with the women’s 5-kilometer race following at 11:45 a.m. CST.
2013 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships
|Aquinas (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion|
|Berea (Ky.)||Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion|
|Cal State San Marcos||Association of Independent Institutions Champion|
|College of Idaho||At-Large|
|Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||The Sun Conference Champion|
|Emmanuel (Ga.)||Southern States Athletic Conference Champion|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Crossroads League Champion|
|Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||Frontier Conference Champion|
|Missouri Valley||Heart of America Athletic Conference Champion|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Midwest Collegiate Conference Champion|
|Oklahoma City||Sooner Athletic Conference Champion|
|Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Park (Mo.)||American Midwest Conference Champion|
|Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||At-Large|
|Shawnee State (Ohio)||Mid-South Conference Champion|
|Southern Oregon||Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion|
|Southwestern (Kan.)||Host (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-Up)|
|St. Francis (Ill.)||At-Large|
|Saint Mary (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Saint Xavier (Ill.)||At-Large|
|The Master's (Calif.)||Golden State Athletic Conference Champion|
|Texas at Brownsville||Red River Athletic Conference Champion|
|Valley City State (N.D.)||Unaffiliated Grouping: Midlands/North Star Champion|
|William Jessup (Calif.)||California Pacific Conference Champion|