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National Championship Qualifiers Announced

November 05, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

Men's Team and Individual Qualifiers | Women's Team and Individual Qualifiers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the team and individual qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships on Monday. The 57th Annual Men's and 33rd Annual Women's event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 17. The women's 5K run will start at 10:30 a.m. PST, followed by the men's 8K race at 11:45 a.m.

Top ranked Southern Oregon aims to get back on top after winning the national title in 2010. Last year's third place finisher, John Gilbertson from The Master's and fourth place finisher Edward Taragon from Wayland Baptist look to take home the individual title.

The 32-team men's field features 21 conference/independent/unaffiliated group champions, one conference/independent/unaffiliated group runner-up and nine at-large selections. Concordia (Ore.) received a host berth to the event. There are also 105 individual qualifiers.

Cal State San Marcos will be looking to capture its fourth-straight women's cross country national title. After finishing second in 2010 and third in 2011, Eastern Oregon's senior Karlee Coffey looks to continue her top-five finishes in the National Championships with a wide open field.

The 32-team women's field features 22 conference/independent/unaffiliated group champions, two conference/independent/unaffiliated group runner-ups and seven at-large selections. Concordia (Ore.) received a host berth for the event. There are also 109 individual qualifiers.

The awards ceremony of the NAIA National Cross Country Championships has been added to the web streaming schedule for the first time. After the team and individual champions are crowned at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the awards ceremony will be streamed live at approximately 2:30 p.m. PST on Nov. 17.

2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships Team Qualifiers
School Qualification
Aquinas (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion
Baker (Kan.) Heart of American Athletic Conference Champion
Berea (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion
British Columbia At-Large
Bryan (Tenn.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion
Cal State San Marcos At-Large
Carroll (Mont.) Frontier Conference Champion
College of Idaho At-Large
Columbia (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Champion
Concordia (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion
Concordia (Ore.) Host
Cornerstone (Mich.) At-Large
Eastern Oregon At-Large
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Conference Champion
Emmanuel (Ga.) Southern States Athletic Conference Champion
Indiana Wesleyan Crossroad League Champion
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) At-Large
Lubbock Christian (Texas) At-Large
Morningside (Iowa) At-Large
Oklahoma Baptist Sooner Athletic Conference Champion
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-up
Shawnee State (Ohio) Mid-South Conference Champion
Southern Oregon Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion
Southwestern (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion
St. Ambrose (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Conference Champion
St. Francis (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Chamipion
Texas Wesleyan Red River Conference Champion
The Master's (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Champion
Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large
William Jessup (Calif.) California Pacific Conference Champion
Xavier (La.) Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion
York (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion

2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships Team Qualifiers
School Qualification
Aquinas (Mich.) At-Large
Biola (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Champion
Brescia (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion
British Columbia Association of Independent Institutions
Cal State San Marcos At-Large
Carroll (Mont.) Frontier Conference Champion
Central Methodist (Mo.) Heart of American Athletic Conference Champion
College of Idaho Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion
Concordia (Calif.) At-Large
Concordia (Ore.) Host
Cornerstone (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champion
Dordt (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Conference Champion
Eastern Oregon At-Large
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Conference Champion
Friends (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion
Haskell (Kan.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion
Huntington (Ind.) Crossroad League Champion
Lee (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Conference Champion
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) At-Large
Milligan (Tenn.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion
Northwest Christian (Ore.) At-Large
Oklahoma Baptist Sooner Athletic Conference Champion
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Chamipion
Park (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Champion
Shawnee State (Ohio) Mid-South Conference Champion
Soka (Calif.) California Pacific Conference Champion
Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) Southern States Athletic Conference Runner-up
St. Ambrose (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Conference Champion
St. Francis (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-up
Texas Wesleyan Red River Conference Champion
Westmont (Calif.) At-Large
Xavier (La.) Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion