Official Results: http://www.naia.org/pdf9/2572396.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) Park University finished the 2013 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships Saturday (Nov. 23) placing 28th overall in the 32-team field at Rim Rock Farm hosted by the Lawrence Sports Corporation and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
"We did not have our best day today, but I am proud of the way the guys competed and never stopped working all year," head coach Brian Renshaw said.
As he has done every race this season, junior Thomas Chelulei was the top finisher for the Pirates earning an 80th-place spot running 25 minutes, 42 seconds.
Recently named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, senior Arthur Vollbrecht finished 210th traversing the 8,000-meter course in 26:46.
Seniors Daniel Tubei (26:57) and Christian Hoffman (26:58) finished back-to-back in the meet placing 224th and 225th overall, respectively, to close their Pirate careers.
"Our seniors got us to this point and they have been tremendous assets to the program over the years," Renshaw added. "I am disappointed their finishes were not higher, but they did everything you could ask in getting us here."
Sophomore Peter Franck (27:33) ran to 261st, freshman Jacob Olsen (28:44) placed 300th, and junior Corey Craig (29:42) was 312th, all getting their first taste competing at the national event.
Oklahoma City claimed the national championship finishing the day with 77 points, 47 points better than second-place Southern Oregon.
Park earned the American Midwest Conference automatic bid into the meet by winning the conference championships two weeks prior.