KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Press Book) The field is set for the 36th Annual Women's and 60th annual Men's NAIA Cross Country Championships in Charlotte, N.C. tomorrow (Nov. 21). This is the first time in NAIA cross country history that Charlotte will play host to the Championships. The women's race will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST, and the men's race will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST.
Women's Race – The Appalachian Athletic Conference is represented by two teams and six individual runners at this year's championship meet. Milligan College advanced as the AAC Champion, winning the meet with a score of 35 points.
Bryan College Lion's Jessica Stockton (SR/Front Royal, Va.) is one of the few qualifying individuals. Stockton finished the AAC Championship Meet in 12th with a time of 20:44:96. Others include Robbiccaa Williams, Hannah Rhodes, and Leah Chance of Tennessee Wesleyan College; Rebecca Guadiana of Point University; and Irene Requena of Columbia College.
Men's Race- The Appalachian Athletic Conference will be represented by one team and four individuals at this year's meet. Milligan College won the AAC Championship Meet to advance to nationals.
Bryan College Lion's Tyler Boone (JR/Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Griffith Rutherford (SO/Thomasville, Ga.) qualified as individuals as they placed first and third at the AAC Championship Meet. Boone won with a time of 25:02.32, which set a new course record at Victor Ashe Park. Rutherford closed the line in 25:27.88. Jacob Simmons of Tennessee Wesleyan College and Luis Gonzalez of Truett-McConnell College also qualified as they placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at the conference meet.
The Bryan College Lions Cross Country team displayed a plethora of talent in the AAC Championship Race, and Head Bryan College Cross Country Coach, Josh Bradley said, After three great performances at our conference race, I'm excited to see what Jess, Tyler, and Grif can do on a quick course against the fastest runners in the nation. It's a great opportunity, and at this point it's about executing and making the most of it."
NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships
McAlpine Creek Park | Charlotte, N.C. | November 21