ELSAH, Ill. – A cold front overtook most of the country late Friday night, making for cold, windy conditions at the NAIA Cross Country National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Olivet Nazarene University men's cross country team entered the race ranked 11th in the country, but struggled some on the 8k course, finishing 12th overall.
The field was made up of 331 athletes, representing 37 teams plus individual qualifiers. The 8k race was held at the North Farm Cross Country Course after the NAIA made the decision to move the championship from North Carolina in early October.
Leading the Tiger contingency was Ryan Larkin (JR/Centerville, Ohio), crossing the finish line in 25:36.20 in 51st place. Jason Reynolds (SR/Rockford, Ill.) finished second for Olivet, finishing in 25:40.60 in 58th place overall. Matt Meehan (JR/Marshfield, Mass.) placed 98th overall, finishing in 25:59.20, followed by Wesley Meyer (FR/Rochester, Ind.) in 118th place at 26:07.70. Rounding out the top five was Zachary Bishop (FR/Charlottesville, Ind.) in 124th place, finishing in 26:10.9.
Southern Oregon University captured the national championship, followed by the University of St. Francis (Ill.). British Columbia captured third place, college of Idaho in fourth and The Masters (Cal.) finished fifth.