The 2013 Oregon Tech Cross Country team gets underway with the Hornet Jamboree in Sacramento on September 14th . The 2013 CCC Championships will be held in Caldwell, Idaho on November 9th with the NAIA Championships to be held in Lawrence, Kansas on November 23rd.
Oregon Tech's Scott Minor (Photo by Laura Schwartz)
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Despite falling twice in the first two miles Saturday, Oregon Tech senior Scott Minor still ran his fastest time in the men's 8,000-meter cross country race, this time at the NAIA national championships.
Minor, in his third national race, had hoped to finish in the top 30 to secure All-American status.
He finished 41st out of the 313 runners in the national championships at Rim Rock Ranch west of Lawrence. Minor was timed in 25 minutes, 22.93 seconds, 12 seconds shy of gaining All-American honors at the meet.
OIT sophomore Paul Adams, who also had qualified for the national meet, did not run because of an injury. Throughout the last few races, Adams was near the front and likely would have had a chance to place in the top 30, as well.
For Minor, it is the third time he has been close to a top 30 finish at the national meet which, in his two previous appearances had been run at Fort Vancouver National Monument in Vancouver, Wash.
While Minor came up short in his efforts to become an All-American, both individual champions this season came from the Cascade Collegiate Conference — with The College of Idaho's Hilary Holt winning the women's title, and Southern Oregon's Eric Avila the men's title.
Holt won the women's 5K race in 16:48.13, almost 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist. There were 319 runners to complete the women's race.
Holt's efforts helped CofI to a second-place team finish behind the University of British Columbia. Lewis-Clark State was fourth and Northwest Christian ninth in the women's team race.
Avila, Southern's first ever national cross country champion, won the men's 8K race in 24:02.45, and was more than 21 seconds ahead of Sam Atkin of Lewis-Clark State.
As with the women, Southern, which had entered the race ranked No. 1, finished second in the team race behind Oklahoma City University. Eastern Oregon was 11th in the race, and The College of Idaho 21st.
This year's race was the first in a two-year cycle where the meet will be contested at Rim Rock Ranch.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For the second year in a row, Oregon Tech will send two individual runners to the NAIA national championships as both Paul Adams, for the first time, and Scott Minor, in his fourth-straight national appearance, placed in the top nine at Saturday's Cascade Collegiate Conference championships.
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The 2013 NAIA National Championships take place at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday, November 23rd.
The Hustlin' Owls, who were ranked No. 26 heading to the CCC championship, placed fourth as a team and ended the year receiving votes and now rank 34th in the final poll before the national meet.
Adams finished sixth and covered the men's 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes. 00.24 seconds. Minor was ninth in 26:16.97. Both runners will look to place in the Top 30 which will gain runners NAIA All-American status.
Tech had hoped to place in the Top 3 as a team, instead finished fourth. With at-large bids to the national meet rarely reaching into the receiving votes category, Oregon Tech’s hopes of a first team national appearance will have to wait another year.
The 2013 Oregon Tech Cross Country Team (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
CALDWELL, Idaho — Oregon Tech likely will send two individual runners to the NAIA national championships for the second straight year after both Paul Adams and Scott Minor placed in the top nine at Saturday's Cascade Collegiate Conference championships.
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While the Hustlin' Owls, who were ranked No. 26 in the most recent national coach's poll.
Adams finished sixth and covered the men's 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes. 00.24 seconds.
Minor, who will make his fourth straight trip to the national meet, was ninth in 26:16.97.
Tech had hoped it had a chance to stun fourth-rated Southern Oregon and eighth-ranked Eastern Oregon in the battle for team honors, but finished fourth, instead. The College of Idaho, the host for the conference meet, was third in the men's race.
CofI, however, won the women's team title with a near perfect 19 points. The Coyotes had the top four individuals in the women's race, led by All-American Hilary Holt, who won the 5K race in 17:52.05.
Mary Matchett and Samantha Lindauer were 25th and 26th, respectively, in the women's race, and Matchett led OIT with her 20:09.58.
CofI's women, and the Southern Oregon men, won the league's automatic team berths to the national championships in Lawrence, Kan.
Eastern's ranking should get the Mountaineers an at-large berth in the men's national meet, as should Northwest Christian, which was second in the women's meet.
OIT's men, who were seeking their first team trip to nationals, would need a lot of help to make the trip to Kansas since at-large bids rarely go past No. 21 in the rankings.
At-large individual berths also rarely go past No. 15, which appears to mean Matchett, for the OIT women, and Kirby Garlitz, who was No. 23 in the men's race, will not head to the national meet.
Northwest Christian's Alek Angeli was 24th. The Klamath Union grad also finished too far out to qualify for the national meet, especially since the Beacons were fifth in the team race.
Adams, an OIT sophomore from Mazama, will make his first trip to nationals and join Minor, one of the two seniors on Tech's men's team. Garlitz, a Mazama grad, is the other.