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Bobcats & Lady Cats to Run in NAIA National Championships Friday

Nov 21, 2019

Picture of several Lady Bobcat team members and opposing runners coming around a corner of the course
Lady Bobcats - Photo credit: Sarah Dudley

Several Bobcat runners in a group along wit some opponents turning a corner of the course
Bobcats - Photo credit: Sarah Dudley

The 2019 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships will take place in Vancouver, Wash. on November 22.  The men will race at 10:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. CT, followed by the women at 11:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. CT.

 

For the first time, both the Lady Cats and Bobcats will have full teams participating in the event. Both teams captured the  2019 A.I.I.Conference Championship titles in Lawrence, Kansas  earlier this month, quallifying them for running in the National Championship races. The teams are not new to national competition, as the women's team participated in the 2018 NAIA National Championships and several individuals from the men's and women's teams have represented the College in prior years.  In addition, both teams competed last weekend in the NCCAA 2019 Cross Country National Championships, where the Lady Cats finished third and the Bobcats fourth, while Bobcat Samuel Baumer placed third overall.

 

With regard to this year's NAIA National Championships, the NAIA National Office has shared the following highlights:

 

Men’s Championship Preview Highlights (all times Pacific Time)

  • We will see 37 teams and 81 individuals at the 64th Annual Men’s Cross Country National Championship.
  • This is the sixth year that the championship has been hosted in Vancouver, Wash.
  • The Cascade Collegiate Conference serves as the host for the championship.
  • The 8k race will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The race will not be streamed live
  • The awards ceremony will be streamed live and can be found HERE. The ceremony will start at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • The timer will be sending live results HERE. Keep in mind these results are not finalized until after the review period.
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is the only national park unit in the Portland-metro area, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur-trading post to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest. The park preserves and interprets stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.
  • The 2018 men’s cross country national champions, Oklahoma City, returns to the championship and enters the field as No. 1 in the latest Top 25 poll. The Stars have held the No. 1 rank for the entire 2019 season.
  • The defending national champions will be looking to capture their fifth national title and second consecutive title.
  • 2018 individual champion, Colin DeYoung of Cornerstone (Mich.), is not returning to the 2019 championship as he was a redshirt this season.
  • College of Idaho, Southern Oregon and Then Master’s (Calif.) have all attended the national championship for the last 10 years.
  • There are six teams that are attending the national championship for the first recorded time over the last 10 years: Antelope Valley (Calif.), College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Doane (Neb.), Hope International (Calif.), Loyola (La.) and Northwest (Wash.)
  • The NAIA meet record for the 8k is 23:14.0 set by Silah Misoi of Life (Ga.) in 1996.

 

Women’s Championship Preview Highlights (all times Pacific Time)

  • We will see 37 teams and 89 individuals at the 40th Annual Women’s Cross Country National Championship.
  • This is the sixth year that the championship has been hosted in Vancouver, Wash.
  • The Cascade Collegiate Conference serves as the host for the championship.
  • The 5k race will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The race will not be streamed live
  • While the race will not be streamed live, the awards ceremony will be streamed live and can be found HERE. The ceremony will start at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • The timer will be sending live results HERE. Keep in mind these results are not finalized until after the review period.
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is the only national park unit in the Portland-metro area, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur-trading post to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest. The park preserves and interprets stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.
  • The 2018 women’s cross country national champions, Oregon Tech, returns to the championship and enters the field as No. 17 in the latest Top 25 poll.
  • 2018 individual champion, Anna Shields of Point Park (Pa.), is not returning to the 2019 championship due to graduation.
  • College of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Milligan (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio) have attended the championship for the last 10 consecutive years.
  • There are two teams that are attending the national championship for the first recorded time over the last 10 years: Montana Western and Warner Pacific (Ore.)
  • The NAIA meet record for the 5k is 16:24.28 set by Aminat Olowora of Oklahoma City in 2016.

 

 

Results of the race and a live stream of the awards ceremony will be available here.

 

Best wishes to our Lady Cats and Bobcats for great runs on Friday!