By: Mike DeVader, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirty-six teams and 76 individuals will compete in the 2014 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships, the national office announced Monday.
Defending national champion Oklahoma City looks to regain its crown against stern competition when the Stars hit the course on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. Oklahoma City has earned the top billing of the 2014 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for 10-consecutive editions, dating back to the 2013 postseason rating.
The field is comprised of 22 conference, association of independent institutions and unaffiliated grouping champions; a host bid (Friends (Kan.)); and 13 at-large selections.
The at-large selections include – British Columbia, College of Idaho, Concordia (Ore.), Eastern Oregon, Goshen (Ind.), Indiana Tech, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Marian (Ind.), Northwestern (Iowa), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Oregon Tech, Taylor (Ind.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas).
Oregon Tech was the only at-large program not ranked in the final regular-season poll, which can be viewed here.
Winners of the conference, association of independent institutions and unaffiliated grouping meets received automatic berths to the national championships. To view the results, click here
Furthermore, 76 individuals will also compete in the national championships. The men’s 8-kilometer championship takes place at 11:45 a.m. CST on Nov. 22, shortly after the completion of the women’s 5-kilometer race which is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. CST.
For all other information regarding the Men’s Cross Country National Championships, click here.
|Aquinas (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion|
|Baker (Kan.)||Heart of America Athletic Conference Champion|
|Cal State San Marcos||Association of Independent Institutions Champion|
|Carroll (Mont.)||Frontier Conference/North Star Athletic Association Champion|
|College of Idaho||At-Large|
|Columbia (Mo.)||American Midwest Conference Champion|
|Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)||California Pacific Athletic Conference|
|Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||The Sun Conference Champion|
|Friends (Kan.)||Host Bid (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference)|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Crossroads League Champion|
|Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||At-Large|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion|
|Oklahoma City||Sooner Athletic Conference Champion|
|Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||At-Large|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Saint Mary (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Shawnee State (Ohio)||Mid-South Conference Champion|
|Southern Oregon||Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion|
|St. Ambrose (Iowa)||Midwest Collegiate Conference Champion|
|St. Francis (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion|
|Tennessee Wesleyan||Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion|
|The Master's (Calif.)||Golden State Athletic Conference Champion|
|Wayland Baptist (Texas)||At-Large|
|Wiley (Texas)||Red River Athletic Conference Champion|
|William Carey (Miss.)||Southern States Athletic Conference Champion|
|Xavier (La.)||Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion|
|York (Neb.)||Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion|