1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country – National Championship Results

Orginally posted on NAIA website.

42nd Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships
November 15, 1997
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wis.
11:45 a.m. (Central)

Recap:
Lubbock Christian University (Texas) captured its eighth consecutive men’s team title as the Chaparrals placed all seven runners in the top 30 of the field, each earning All-American honors. Daniel Kibungei led the way for Lubbock Christian placing third with a time of 26:16, 23 seconds off of the pace of the champion. Chap teammates Gabirel Rop and Marcos Morillon finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

Sammy Nyamongo, a sophomore from Life University (Ga.), collected the men’s individual honors with a time of 25:53. Nyamongo, who finished in third place in 1996, led the pack most of the eight-kilometer race and finished ten seconds ahead of teammate Silah Misoi who was attempting to defend his individual crown from a year ago.

Danny Wilcoxson, coach of Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), was the 1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Wilcoxson guided the Blue Raiders to a third-place finish this year, improving on a 17th-place finish a year ago.

Results:

TEAM RESULTS

1.

Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

40

2.

Life University (Ga.)

80

3.

Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)

106

4.

Malone College (Ohio)

154

5.

McKendree College (Ill.)

219

6.

Aquinas College (Mich.)

228

7.

Dana College (Neb.)

238

8.

Taylor University (Ind.)

303

9.

Simon Fraser University (B.C.)

324

10.

Indiana Wesleyan University

327

11.

Concordia College (Neb.)

335

12.

Cedarville College (Ohio)

353

13.

Cumberland College (Ky.)

390

14.

Westmont College (Calif.)

404

15.

Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.)

415

16.

Siena Heights College (Mich.)

419

17.

University of Puget Sound (Wash.)

446

18.

Doane College (Neb.)

451

19.

Berry College (Ga.)

455

20.

Western Washington University

495

21.

University of Sioux Falls (S.D.)

504

22.

Linfield College (Ore.)

517

23.

Southwestern College (Kan.)

517

24.

Lindenwood College (Mo.)

585

25.

Biola University (Calif.)

588

26.

Northwood University (Texas)

619

27.

Jamestown College (N.D.)

655

28.

Shorter College (Ga.)

730

29.

Eastern Oregon University

814

30.

University of Mobile (Ala.)

858

31.

Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.)

951

32.

Illinois Institute of Technology

983

33.

Holy Names College (Calif.)

1090

34.

Webber College (Fla.)

1110

35.

Voorhees College (S.C.)

1155

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS*

1.

Sammy Nyamongo, Life University (Ga.)

25:53

2.

Silah Misoi, Life University (Ga.)

26:13

3.

Daniel Kibungei, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:16

4.

Julius Rotich, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)

26:16

5.

Gareth Wilford, Cumberland College (Ky.)

26:18

6.

Gabriel Rop, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:25

7.

Jackson Makene, McKendree College (Ill.)

26:25

8.

Marcos Morillon, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:25

9.

Jackson Ochako, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)

26:26

10.

Seef Leroux, Phillips University (Okla.)

26:26

11.

Ramon Serratos, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:26

12.

Luke Baker, Indiana Wesleyan University

26:28

13.

John Fivecoat, Malone College (Ohio)

26:29

14.

Barnabas Menjo, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:34

15.

Francis Kirwa, Life University (Ga.)

26:38

16.

Jaime Martinez, Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)

26:38

17.

Japeth Kirui, Life University (Ga.)

26:42

18.

Ken Baginski, Aquinas College (Mich.)

26:43

19.

John McDaniel, Malone College (Ohio)

26:43

20.

Erik Meyer, Western Washington University

26:46

21.

Mike Almond, Malone College (Ohio)

26:49

22.

Peter Tanui, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

26:52

23.

Jared Segera, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)

26:54

24.

Dave Davis, University of Puget Sound (Wash.)

27:01

25.

Levis Anyega, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)

27:04

26.

Matt Johnston, Simon Fraser University (B.C.)

27:06

27.

Frank Pizana, Indiana Wesleyan University

27:07

28.

Case Shay, Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

27:10

29.

Brandon Seifert, Concordia College (Neb.)

27:10

30.

Gezachw Yossef, Lindenwood College (Mo.)

27:12

* top thirty individuals were named NAIA All-Americans.

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Qualification:
Here is the 36-team field for the 1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships. Conference/section champions are listed first alphabetically by conference. Listed after the conference/section champions are the at-large qulifiers into this year’s race.

Cascade Collegiate Conference: Eastern Oregon University
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference: Illinois Institute of Technology
Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Voorhees College (S.C.)
Far West Region: Holy Names College (Calif.)
Florida Sun Conference: Webber College (Fla.)
Georgia Athletic Conference: Shorter College (Ga.)
Golden State Athletic Conference: Westmont College (Calif.)
Great Plains Region: Jamestown College (N.D.)
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference: University of Mobile (Ala.)
Heart of America Athletic Conference: Lindenwood College (Mo.)
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference: Southwestern College (Kan.)
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.)
Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference: Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.)
Mid-Central College Conference: Taylor University (Ind.)
Mid-Ohio Conference: Malone College (Ohio)
Mid-South Region: Life University (Ga.)
Midwest Region: McKendree College (Ill.)
Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference: Dana College (Neb.)
Northeast Region: Johnson State College (Vt.)
Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.)
Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference: Western Washington University
Sooner Athletic Conference: Lubbock Christian University (Texas)
South Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference: University of Sioux Falls (S.D.)
Southwest Region: Northwood University (Texas)
TranSouth Athletic Conference: Berry College (Ga.)
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference: Aquinas College (Mich.)

At-Large Berths (listed alphabetically):
Biola University (Calif.)
Cedarville College (Ohio)
Concordia College (Neb.)
Cumberland College (Ky.)
Doane College (Neb.)
Indiana Wesleyan University
Linfield College (Ore.)
University of Puget Sound (Wash.)
Siena Heights College (Mich.)
Simon Fraser University (B.C.)

1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Final Top 25

1997 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championship Information

News Release: Cross Country Races Toward a Champion

1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country All-America Scholar-Athletes

For more information on the 1997 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships contact Dave Wester of the NAIA Department of Sports Information.