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Tue, Nov 19, 2019 - [Cross-Country]
Cross-Country receives a blessing before leaving for nationals.
Cross-Country receives a blessing before leaving for nationals.

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Nov. 19, 2019) - The 37 team, 81 individual field has been announced for the 64th Annual NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships that will be held on Nov. 22. The 40th annual NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships includes 37 teams and 89 individuals. The event will take place in Vancouver, Wash.

Head Coach Stephen Sherman commented on the upcoming championships saying, "We are excited to be going back to the NAIA championship meet again. This will be the 11th year in a row that we have brought at least an individual to the meet, and that is something I'm proud of. That being said, this group knows that simply going to the meet is not our goal. I expect season best, if not personal best, type effort out there and I believe each of the athletes expects it of themselves."

The Saints men's cross-country team captured its fifth Red River Athletic Conference meet title to earn a berth in the championships. Nathaniel Rodriguez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) placed first in the individual medal after running the 8k after posting a 27:16 time. Jose Zarate (SO/San Antonio, Texas) finished third at 27:54, fourth-place Isaac Martinez (FR/Weslaco, Texas) at 27:54 as well and Christopher Marcus (FR/Helotes, Texas) posted a 28:11 finish time. Seventh place belonged to Andrew Moczygemba (SR/San Antonio, Texas) at 28:39, Miguel Segura (JR/San Antonio, Texas) placed ninth at 28:54 and Hector Puente (FR/McAllen, Texas) finished tenth at 29:06. Patrick Duncan (SO/El Paso, Texas) finished in 11th place at 30:32 and Antonio Bustamante (SO/San Antonio, Texas) followed in 12th place at 30:39.

Christopher Marcus, Isaac Martinez, Andrew Moczygemba, Hector Puente, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Miguel Segura and Jose Zarate will compete for OLLU at the meet.

  • This is the sixth year that the championship will be hosted in Vancouver, Wash. The Cascade Collegiate Conference serves as the host for the national championship.
  • The field is made up of 24 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 12 at-large berths. A team can automatically qualify by winning the conference championship meet or by being the meet runner-up (for conferences with more than one automatic qualifier) that is ranked in the Top 30 final poll.
  • Two conferences that received two automatic berths: Appalachian Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
  • Northwest (Wash.) received the host berth.
  • The 11 at-large berths are determined by the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll that can be seen by clicking HERE. These teams received an at-large berth – Southern Oregon, Taylor (Ind.), Huntington (Ind.), Oregon Tech, Doane (Neb.), Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), Antelope Valley (Calif.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), Eastern Oregon, Goshen (Ind.), Hope International (Calif.)
  • In addition to the team qualifiers and at-large bids, 81 athletes will compete as individual qualifiers.
  • The 2018 men's cross country national champions, Oklahoma City, returns to the championship.
  • Fans can watch the post-race awards ceremony free. The national championship event takes place on Nov. 22. To access the live video stream of the ceremony, CLICK HERE.


Lindsey Broussard (FR/Kingwood, Texas) beat teammate Nadia Sifuentes (FR/Brownsville, Texas) for the individual medal in the conference championships in the 5k with a 20:44 mark. Sifuentes crossed the finish line soon after at 20:52 for second place. Sabrina Garcia (SO/Brownsville, Texas) came in third with a time of 21:13, followed by Andrea Gandara (SR/Kaufman, Texas) in fifth place at 21:33, Kimber Watson (SO/Kingwood, Texas) in sixth place at 21:50, Robbie Sue Espericueta (FR/La Villa, Texas) in seventh at 22:05, Alyssa Vidales (FR/San Antonio, Texas) in eighth at 22:28 and Peyton Lammons (SO/Prosper, Texas) rounded out the top 10 at 22:52. Gloria Cervantes (FR/Laredo, Texas) placed 13th with a 24:38 mark.

Lindsey Broussard, Robbie Sue Espericueta, Andrea Gandara, Sabrina Garcia, Nadia Sifuentes, Alyssa Vidales and Kimber Watson will compete for OLLU at the meet. 

  • This is the sixth year that the championship will be hosted in Vancouver, Wash. The Cascade Collegiate Conference serves as the host for the national championship.
  • The field is made up of 25 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 11 at-large berths. A team can automatically qualify by winning the conference championship meet or by being the meet runner-up (for conferences with more than one automatic qualifier) that is ranked in the Top 30 final poll.
  • Four conferences that received two automatic berths: Appalachian Athletic Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Great Plains Athletic Conference.
  • Warner Pacific (Ore.) received the host berth.
  • The 11 at-large berths are determined by the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll that can be seen by clicking HERE. These teams received an at-large berth – Aquinas (Mich.), Southern Oregon, Indiana Wesleyan, Eastern Oregon, Huntington (Ind.), Oregon Tech, Cornerstone (Mich.), Montana Western, Carroll (Mont.), SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
  • In addition to the team qualifiers and at-large bids, 89 athletes will compete as individual qualifiers.
  • The 2018 women's cross country champions, Oregon Tech, returns to the championships.
  • Fans can watch the post-race awards ceremony free. The national championship event takes place on Nov. 22. To access the live video stream of the ceremony, CLICK HERE.
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