November 11, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The thirty-two team field and individual qualifiers for the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships were announced by the national office Monday.
Two Dakota State men's runners will be making their appearance in the national meet after their performances in the conference qualifying meet on Nov. 9. Senior Michael Hoffman (Beresford, S.D.) and freshman Michael Carson (Dakota City, Neb.) will run in the national cross country meet on Nov. 23.
Hoffman won the North Star/Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference individual title on Nov. 9 with a time of 27 minutes and 23 seconds. Carson also qualified for the national as he clocked a time of 28:36 for an eighth-place finish.
Defending national runner-up No. 1 Southern Oregon and defending national champion No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) headline the 32-team men's field made up of 21 conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping champions; one conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping runner-up and ten at-large selections.
Beyond the 32-team field, 97 individual—representing 64 institutions—will also compete at the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The men's 8-kilometer race will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time), with the women's 5K race following at 11:45 a.m. (CT).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director