Tech’s Minor, Pelarde Qualify for Cross Country National Championship
Scott Minor finished 5th overall at last week's CCC Championship
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA released the participants for the 2012 NAIA Cross Country Championships, as Oregon Tech men’s runners Scott Minor and Jeff Pelarde earned spots at the NAIA national meet for their effort at last weekend’s Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships. Minor finished 5th overall, while Pelarde placed 14th individually in the 8K event.
The 57th Annual Men's and 33rd Annual Women's event, co-hosted by the Cascade Conference and Concordia University, 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.
Defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist looks for its second-straight title, while 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.
Joining Concordia and Southern Oregon from the CCC will be at-large College of Idaho, at-large Eastern Oregon as well as Scott Minor and Jeff Pelarde from Oregon Tech and Matt Porter from Northwest.
Cal State San Marcos will be looking to capture its four-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.
Joining Concordia from the CCC will be conference champion College of Idaho, at-large Eastern Oregon, at-large Northwest Christian and individual harrier Anne Hagy from Southern Oregon.
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.
Men's Team & Individual Qualifiers Women's Team & Individual Qualifiers
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