FORT VANCOUVER, WASH.- The Blue Hawk women's and men's cross-country teams took on the NAIA's best in Vancouver, Washington to compete in the Championships Saturday morning.
The Men's 8-Kilometer race came first with 326 student athletes and 36 teams vying for the title. Rodney Henry, a senior, led the Blue Hawks in the race with a time of 26:38. Henry's time placed him in 114th individually. Another senior, Christopher Moreno finished just a second behind Henry. The next Blue Hawk to cross the finish line was Junior Tristen Guillot. Competing in his third consecutive National Championship Guillot completed the run with a 27:11 time, finishing 165th. Freshman, Hunter Flynn was the fourth Blue Hawk to the line. Flynn clocked a time of 28:04. Trey Smollack finished as the final scoring runner for the Blue Hawks. Smollack put together a run of 28:21.
The Blue Hawks' men team scored with 821 points, putting them in 31st place as a team. It is the second straight year finishing 31st, they finished 30th in the 2015 championship.
On the women's side, 338 individuals and 36 teams ran the 5-Kilometers. Jacey Wilson, the sophomore from Mandan, ND, led the Blue Hawks as she did in conference. In Washington, Wilson finished with a time of 19:18. Wilson's performance put her at 103rd individually in the field. Julia Falcón, a freshman, clocked the second-best time for the Blue Hawks with 19:57, finishing 155th individually. Another freshman, Bailey Smith, finished 20:24. Brittney Grove, the lone upperclassman on the team, finished just two seconds behind Smith. Jade Sheffield was the fifth scorer for the Blue Hawks with a time of 20:35.
The women's team tallied a score of 833, finishing at 33rd place for the championship. The team had finished 34th in the 2015 season and 29th in last year's Championship.