The Bethel cross country teams headed north to compete in the NAIA Great Lakes Cross Country Challenge hosted by Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The meet venue was different from previous years and was held at the Gracewil Golf Course. The meet is one of the biggest in the nation for NAIA teams as this is the last weekend most teams compete before their conference/league championships. The parameters create a highly competitive atmosphere. The fields for both races contained many of the top-rated teams and provided valuable opportunities.
Bethel hosted their annual home invitational on Friday evening at St. Patrick's County Park on the north side of South Bend. The cool autumn temps, sunshine and beauty of the park made a great backdrop for an enjoyable meet and fast times as the women's course record was broken.
The Pilot harriers traveled south to participate in the Louisville Cross Country Classic held at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park by the Louisville Sports Commission on a course which used to host the NAIA National Championship. The meet consisted of six total collegiate races with teams from all divisions. Due to the nature of the meet, the men's squad was divided into two races. The ladies, who usually run first, had to wait all day and compete in the last race.
The cross country teams traveled to the border of Illinois and Iowa to compete in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College at the Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois. The field consisted of NCAA DII and DIII teams as well as several NAIA teams. The men's race had 39 teams and 495 runners while the women's race consisted of 34 teams and 477 runners. The meet provided valuable large race experience for both squads.
|Bethel at||27th of 35|
|NAIA Great Lakes Challenge|
|Bethel at||11th of 16|
|Bethel College Invitational|
|Bethel at||35th of 46|
|Louisville CC Classic|
|Bethel at||31st of 35|
|Bethel at||8th of 9|
|Crossroads League Championship|