MADISON, S.D. - Senior Andy Coy (Hill City, S.D.) of Dakota State University prepares for his final collegiate career meet at the 57th Annual Men's NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship meet on Saturday. The national meet will be held at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. The men's 8K race is slated to start at 11:45 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time)/1:45 p.m. (Central Standard Time).
Coy will be making his third consecutive appearance at the NAIA Men's Cross Country's national meet. He qualified to this year's national meet by recording a time of 25 minutes and 34 seconds for a sixth-place finish at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) cross country championship meet on Nov. 3 in San Marcos, Calif. In addition, Coy earned his third All-Conference honor during his stellar running career at DSU.
The 32-team men's field features 21 conference/independent/unaffiliated group champions, one conference/independent/unaffiliated group runner-up and nine at-large selections. Concordia (Ore.) received a host-berth to the event. There are also 105 individual qualifiers.
Coy looks to improve his career-best national place finisher from last year's national meet. He was 84th with a time of 25 minutes and 37 seconds. In 2010 national meet, Coy placed 92nd in 26 minutes and 31 seconds.
The awards ceremony of the NAIA National Cross Country Championships has been added to the web streaming schedule for the first time. After the team and individual champions are crowned at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the awards ceremony will be streamed live at approximately 2:30 p.m. (PST)/4:30 p.m. (CST) on Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director