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2018 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships Field Revealed

Seminole Valley Park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 36 team, 93 individual field has been announced for the 63rd Annual NAIA Women’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 women’s 5–kilometer race will begin at 10:30 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 24 automatic qualifiers (AQ), one host berth and 11 at-large berths. A team received an automatic berth by winning the conference championship meet or was the meet runner-up and ranked in the top 30 final poll.

  • Three conferences received two automatic berths: Appalachian Athletic Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and Great Plains Athletic Conference. In addition to the meet champion, the meet runner-up that is ranked in the top 30 final poll also received an automatic berth. 

  • Mount Mercy (Iowa) earned the host berth.

  • The 11 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 – Aquinas (Mich.), Southern Oregon, Wayland Baptist (Texas), College of Idaho, Cornernstone (Mich.), Northwest Christian (Ore.), Indiana Wesleyan, St. Thomas (Fla.), Indiana Tech, Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Southeastern (Fla.).
  • In addition to the team qualifiers and at-large bids, 93 athletes will compete as individual qualifiers.

  • British Columbia was the 2017 cross country women’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 Women’s Cross Country National Championships, click here.

2018 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships – Teams

Columbia (Mo.)                         American Midwest Conference Champion

SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)                   Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion

Milligan (Tenn.)                        Appalachian Athletic Conference Runner-Up

Ozarks (Mo.)                             Association of Independent Institutions Champion

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)                 California Pacific Athletic Conference Champion

Oregon Tech                            Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion

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

St. Ambrose (Iowa)                  Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-Up

Taylor (Ind.)                             Crossroads Conference Champion

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)          Frontier Conference Champion

Vanguard (Calif.)                       Golden State Athletic Conference Champion

Dordt (Iowa)                            Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion

Hastings (Neb.)                        Great Plains Athletic Conference Runner-Up

Xavier (La.)                               Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)     Heart of America Athletic Conference Champion

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

Point Park (Pa.)                        River States Conference Champion

Shawnee State (Ohio)               Mid-South Conference Champion

Dickinson State (N.D.)              North Star Athletic Association Champion

Southwest (N.M.)                     Red River Conference Champion

Oklahoma City                          Sooner Athletic Conference Champion

William Carey (Miss.)                 Southern States Athletic Conference Champion

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)               The Sun Conference Champion

Madonna (Mich.)                      Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion        

Aquinas (Mich.)                       At-large 1 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Southern Oregon                     At-large 2 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Wayland Baptist (Texas)           At-large 3 | Sooner Athletic Conference

College of Idaho                       At-large 4 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Cornerstone (Mich.)                  At-large 5 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Northwest Christian (Ore.)        At-large 6 | Cascade Collegiate Conference

Indiana Wesleyan                    At-large 7 | Crossroads Conference

St. Thomas (Fla.)                     At-large 8 | The Sun Conference

Indiana Tech                           At-large 9 | Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Rocky Mountain (Mont.)            At-large 10 | Frontier Conference

Southeastern (Fla.)                   At-large 11 | The Sun Conference

2018 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships - Individuals

American Midwest    Naomy Lagat Park (Mo.)
Emily Bayer Missouri Baptist
Shelby Kallem Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
Whitneigh Drown William Woods (Mo.)
Alicia Engelbrecht William Woods (Mo.)
Harley Nale William Woods (Mo.)
A.I.I. Angela Klukken Indiana-Northwest
Anika Francis Haskell (Kan.)
Ariel Galoff Silver Lake (Wis.)
Tavia Hart Haskell (Kan.)
Appalachian Lydia Wilson Montreat (N.C.)
Sophie Davis Reinhardt (Ga.)
Alyssa Waibel Columbia (S.C.)
Ivie Nobles Truett-McConnell (Ga.)
Rachel Gallison Tennessee Wesleyan
Roda Cisneros Tennessee Wesleyan
California Pacific Julia Gionet-Gonzalez California-Merced (Calif.)
Karina Martinez California-Merced (Calif.)
Valentina Cvrk California-Merced (Calif.)
Miranda Almeida Soka Calif.)
Cascade Sydney Nichol Corban (Ore.)
Hannah Clarizio Corban (Ore.)
Michelle Herbes Eastern Oregon
Chicagoland Karalynn Brock Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Megan Deweerd Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Grace Maletich St. Xavier (Ill.)
Angela Budach Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Gina Narcisi Roosevelt (Ill.)
Hope Fathman Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Crossroads Aspen Dirr Huntington (Ind.)
MaKenzie McKirgan Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Emma Jankowski Bethel (Ind.)
Rebecca George Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Frontier Mindy Kaufman Montana Western
Samantha Mundel Carroll (Mont.)
Gabi Gomez-Wint Montana Western
Eireann O'Connor Montana Western
Golden State Mikala Fairchild The Masters (Calif.)
Adrianna Ghiorso The Masters (Calif.)
Bailey Cossentine William Jessup (Calif.)
Danielle Murrietta Menlo (Calif.)
Gulf Coast Hydeia Barney Dillard (La.)
Kimona Smikle Southern-New Orleans (La.)
Xuxa Peart Southern-New Orleans (La.)
Brianna Alexander Philander Smith (Ark.)
Great Plains Allison Higgins Morningside (Iowa)
Taylor Grove Concordia (Neb.)
Breanna Harthoorn Northwestern (Iowa)
Cassie Warner Morningside (Iowa)
Emma Van Meeteren Northwestern (Iowa)
Autumn Muilenburg Northwestern (Iowa)
Heart of America Melanie Cozzi Benedictine (Kan.)
Kirari Furumoto Missouri Valley
Sarah White Benedictine (Kan.)
Sophy Tsabadze Baker (Kan.)
Lisa Sauter Central Methodist (Mo.)
Janeane Hernandez Baker (Kan.)
Kansas Collegiate Kari Blattner Southwestern (Kan.)
Sydney Staples Southwestern (Kan.)
Christa Titus Friends (Kan.)
Julie Loewen Tabor (Kan.)
Emily Kemling Tabor (Kan.)
Penny Fenn Avila (Mo.)
River States Ariel Young Ohio Christian
Lucy Williams Rio Grande (Ohio)
Brittany Sloan Indiana Kokomo
Ashley Toschlog Indiana East
Alyssa Turrentine Ohio Christian
Lexi Jackson Indiana Kokomo
Mid-South Amber Mays Cumberland (Tenn.)
Mia Rodriguez Campbellsville (Ky.)
Taylor Blankenship Cumberland (Tenn.)
Abigayle Gawthrop Cumberland (Tenn.)
North Star Marissa Kuik Waldorf (Iowa)
Grace Miller Valley City State (N.D.)
Allyssa Weitkum Valley City State (N.D.)
Marissa Widener Waldorf (Iowa)
Red River Annie Trejo Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Venice Macawili St. Thomas - Houston (Texas)
Andrea Gandara Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Alexandria Gonzales St. Thomas - Houston (Texas)
Sooner Melissa Gonzalez Texas Wesleyan
Allika Pearson John Brown (Ark.)
Roshae Burrell Science & Arts (Okla.)
Sharon Kemboi Science & Arts (Okla.)
Southern States Margaret Hamilton Blue Mountain (Miss.)
Aubrey Johnson Blue Mountain (Miss.)
Sasha Solano-McDaniel Loyola (La.)
Maike Naegele Middle Georgia
The Sun Mary Goetz Ave Maria (Fla.)
Michaela Elmer Ave Maria (Fla.)
Wolverine-Hoosier Madison Paquette Cleary (Mich.)
Casie Nadasky Siena Heights (Mich.)

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

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Cross Country Championship
Sports Rules - Cross Country (W)