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2018 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships Field Revealed

Seminole Valley Park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 36 team, 83 individual field has been announced for the 63rd Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships that will be held on November 16. The event will take place at Seminole Valley Cross Country Course in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The men’s 8–kilometer race will begin at 11:30 a.m. CST.

  • This is the first time in NAIA Cross Country Championships history that the race will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mount Mercy (Iowa) will host again in 2020.

  • The field is made up of 22 automatic qualifiers (AQ), one host berth and 13 at-large berths. A team received an automatic berth by winning the conference championship meet or was the meet runner-up and was ranked in the top 30 in the final poll.

  • One conference received two automatic berths: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference - St. Francis (Ill) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). In addition to the meet champion, the meet runner-up that was ranked in the top 30 also received an automatic berth. 

  • Mount Mercy (Iowa) earned the host berth.

  • The 13 at-large berths are determined by the final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll that can be seen by clicking here. These teams received an at-large berth – Southern Oregon, Cornerstone (Mich.), Westmont (Calif.), Eastern Oregon, Taylor (Ind.) Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Northwest Christian (Ore.) Madonna (Mich.), California-Merced, Oregon Tech, Campbellsville (Ky.), Milligan (Tenn.), Siena Heights (Mich.).

  • In addition to the team qualifiers and at-large bids, 83 athletes will compete as individual qualifiers.

  • British Columbia was the 2017 cross country men’s champion.

  • Fans can watch the post-race awards ceremony free beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST. The national championship event takes place on Nov. 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Seminole Valley Cross Country Course. To access the live video stream of the ceremony and find more information, click here.

  • For all other information regarding the Men’s Cross Country National Championships, click here.

2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships – Teams

Columbia                           American Midwest Conference Champion

Montreat (N.C.)                  Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion

Haskell (Kan.)                     Association of Independent Institutions Champion

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)            California Pacific Conference Champion

College of Idaho                  Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion

St. Francis (Ill.)                   Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)            Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-Up

Indiana Wesleyan                 Crossroads Conference Champion

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)      Frontier Conference Champion

The Master’s (Calif.)              Golden State Athletic Conference Champion

Dordt (Iowa)                        Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion

Xavier (La.)                          Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion

Benedictine (Kan.)                 Heart of America Athletic Conference Champion

St. Mary (Kan.)                      Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion

West Virginia Tech                 River States Conference Champion

Shawnee State (Ohio)            Mid-South Conference Champion

Dakota State (S.D.)                North Star Athletic Association Champion

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)   Red River Athletic Conference Champion

Oklahoma City                        Sooner Athletic Conference Champion

Bethel (Tenn.)                        Southern States Athletic Conference Champion

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)              The Sun Conference Champion

Aquinas (Mich.)                       Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion

Mount Mercy (Iowa)                 Host

Southern Oregon                     At-large 1 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Cornerstone (Mich.)                 At-large 2 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Westmont (Calif.)                    At-large 3 | Golden State Athletic Conference

Eastern Oregon                       At-large 4 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Taylor (Ind.)                           At-large 5 | Crossroads Conference

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)           At-large 6 | Frontier Conference

Northwest Christian (Ore.)        At-large 7 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Madonna (Mic.)                       At-large 8 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

California-Merced                     At-large 9 | California Pacific Athletic Conference

Oregon Tech                           At-large 10 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Campbellsville (Ky.)                  At-large 11 | Mid-South Conference

Milligan (Tenn.)                        At-large 12 | Appalachian Athletic Conference

Siena Heights (Mich.)                At-large 13 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

2018 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships - Individuals

American Midwest   Schuyler Ogden William Woods (Mo.)
Nathaniel Ogden William Woods (Mo.)
Tyler Alverson Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Nicholas Rotich Park (Mo.)
A.I.I. Samuel Baumer Ozarks (Mo.)
Shane York Ozarks (Mo.)
Garrett Pierce Ozarks (Mo.)
Wesley Moore Ozarks (Mo.)
Appalachian Jackson Helfrich Reinhardt (Ga.)
Dax Willette SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)
Jose Diaz Reinhardt (Ga.)
Romeo Blackburn Tennesse Wesleyan
California Pacific Goody Walowit Cal Maritime (Calif.)
Chicagoland Mario Scarcelli St. Xavier (Ill.)
Eduardo Martinez St. Xavier (Ill.)
Emilio Mancha St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Gabriel Esparza St. Xavier (Ill.)
Matt Jung St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Josh Pestka St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Crossroads Vincent Kibunja Goshen (Ind.)
Ben Rankin Grace (Ind.)
Conor Smith Marian (Ind.)
Justis Paul Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Frontier Chance Hyatt Carroll (Mont.)
Russell Kujala Montana Western
Peyton Jones Providence (Mont.)
John Cooney Carroll (Mont.)
Golden State Joseph Tobin Hope International
Caleb Myers Vanguard (Calif.)
Josh Anderson Vanguard (Calif.)
Cade Clark Vanguard (Calif.)
Gulf Coast Solomon Stevens Edward Waters (Fla.)
Santerrius Booker Philander Smith (Ark.)
Noel Lyons Philander Smith (Ark.)
Michael Noltion Edward Waters (Fla.)
Great Plains Anthony Patton Morningside (Iowa)
Connor Ritz Morningside (Iowa)
Dylan Hendricks Northwestern (Iowa)
Caleb Benzing Northwestern (Iowa)
Heart of America Ulysses Orozco Missouri Valley
Demarkous Nunnally Missouri Valley
Radovan Kemboi Central Methodist (Mo.)
Duncan Gakuru Evangel (Mo.)
Shane Burns Evangel (Mo.)
Greg Flores Baker (Kan.)
Kansas Collegiate Bryce Grahn Southwestern (Kan.)
Ian Meek York (Neb.)
Jesse Freeman McPherson (Kan.)
Jonathan Jones Friends (Kan.)
Isaac Sprague Friends (Kan.)
Kaeori Giron Kansas Wesleyan
River States Xavier Stephens Point Park (Pa.)
Justin Spoon Asbury (Ky.)
Kameron Carpenter Rio Grande (Ohio)
Kyle Robinson Brescia (Ky.)
Keshawn Jones Rio Grande (Ohio)
Drake Dickerson Ohio Christian
Mid-South Lucas Huelvan Cumberlands (Ky.)
Nicolas Grandperrin Cumberlands (Ky.)
Joel Barlow Cumberland (Tenn.)
Cornelius Kipchumba Cumberland (Tenn.)
North Star Jorge Pichardo Viterbo (Wis.)
Riley Roy-Lagasse Valley City State (N.D.)
Rodney Henry Dickinson State (N.D.)
Tristen Guillot Dickinson State (N.D.)
Red River Alex De La Maza St. Thomas (Texas)
Babiker Babiker Southwest (N.M.)
Michael Skinner St. Thomas (Texas)
Juan Gonzales St. Thomas (Texas)
Sooner Zackery Hammond Southwestern Assemblies (Texas) 
Martin Harding Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Ben Martin John Brown (Ark.)
Adrian Cedilla Southwestern Assemblies (Texas)
Southern States Cooper Herrington William Carey (Miss.)
Walter Ramsey Loyola (La.)
Hayden Ricca Loyola (La.)
Braden Hardy Blue Mountain (Miss.)
The Sun George Kimutai St. Thomas (Fla.)
Sean Trainor Webber (Fla.)
Gabriel Hogan Ave Maria (Fla.)
Diego Lopez St. Thomas (Fla.)
Wolverine-Hoosier Cayce Griffin Indiana Tech
Ryan Exell Michigan-Dearborn

To stream the Men's Cross Country Awards Ceremony, check out our championship pass here!

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Cross Country Championship
Sports Rules - Cross Country (M)