Humberston Ends Season with 96th Place Finish at NAIA Championships
Korey Humberston (L) is making a third-straight trip to the NAIA National Championship.
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Cascade Conference finished with two men's team in the top-10, with #1 ranked Southern Oregon falling just short of their bid for a national title at the NAIA National Cross Country Championship held today at Fort Vancouver Historical Site in Vancouver, Wash. today.
Oregon Tech junior Korey Humberston had hoped to complete Saturday's NAIA national championship cross country race under 25 minutes.
Instead, he finished the men's 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 32 seconds and tied Taylor of Indiana's Michael Pabody and Matt Lowe from Brescia of Kentucky for 96th place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Going sub-25 would have bumped Humberston up near the top of the race. A minute on the muddy course would have pushed forward almost 80 places and easily allowed him to reach his goal of becoming an All- American.
The Raiders earned a score of 188, finishing 3rd behind defending champion Malone University (44) and Concordia University of Nebraska (166). SOU's David Laney was the top CCC finisher, crossing the line in 7th place overall with a time of 25:22. Dennis McCaffrey also finished in the top 30, posting a 26th place in 25:51.
The College of Idaho men concluded their season with a program best 10th place as a team with 357 points. The Coyotes were paced by Greg Montgomery who ran a time of 25:49, good for 25th place.
Eastern Oregon placed two runners in the top 30 - DJ Flores (14th) and Forest Lumpry (28th) - and finished 12th overall as a team (363 points).
Concordia, the meet host, came home in 13th place, scoring 371 points. Marcus Nelson (49th) led a pack of four Cavaliers that finished in under 27 minutes.
Silas Kisorio from Oklahoma Christian was the individual champion, winning the 8k race in 24.23.
Herald and News / Cascade Collegiate Conference Office
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