Tech's Humberston to Compete in NAIA Cross Country Championship this Saturday
Korey Humberston (L) is making a third-straight trip to the NAIA National Championship.
VANCOUVER, Wash. -The 2009 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships are scheduled for Nov. 21 in Vancouver, Wash. The event will take place at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site and hosted by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Concordia University-Portland. This marks the first year for the event in Vancouver -- Kenosha, Wis., was the site for the Championships the previous two years.
The Cross Country National Championships are free and open to the public. The men's race begins at 10:30 a.m. PST, and the women's race starts at approximately 11:45 a.m. PST. Fort Vancouver Historical Site, located near Portland, Ore., is a unique, historic and challenging competition venue that boasts a successful record for hosting world class cross country championship events, including USA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships and World Cross Country Trials.
Oregon Tech junior Korey Humberston will be making a third-straight NAIA national championship appearance for the Owls to the NAIA event. In 2007 Humberston was the Cascade Conference individual champion, placed 16th at the Region I meet and finished 110th at the national championship in Kenosha, Wis. In 2008 Humberston placed 6th at the Cascade Conference meet and 52nd at the NAIA championships. Humberston received an at-large berth to this year's NAIA national meet after placing 7th at the CCC meet, covering the 8K course in 25:09.
Thirty-two women's teams, including 23 conference/independent/unaffiliated champions, two conference runners-up, six at-large bids, one host berth and 117 individual qualifiers, will run in the 5,000-meter race. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) captured its first women's cross country title last year.
The men's 8,000-meter race will also welcome 32 teams, including 22 conference/independent/unaffiliated champions, eight at-large bids, one conference runner-up, one host berth and 102 individual qualifiers. Malone (Ohio) will look to claim its third-consecutive men's national title.
Fans attending the National Championships are encouraged to park in designated areas along Fifth Street (south side of the park) or at Hudson's Bay High School, which is located within walking distance of Fort Vancouver Historical Site.
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