Beautiful sunshine and cool temps created a more pleasant running environment for the Pilot runners as compared to their first meet. The Pilots traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College. Rain in the morning combined with some the last couple days caused the course to be soggy and quite muddy in spots. Nevertheless, it provided fast times in both the men's and women's races.
The Pilot harriers traveled Friday evening to Upland, Indiana for the Bullock Invitational hosted by Taylor University. It marked the first-ever race on the course Taylor has been working a couple of years to prepare. It was also the first collegiate race for about half of the team. The meet presented an opportunity to preview the course that will host the Crossroads League Championship in early November. However, this race was won by the Indiana heat and humidity. They slowed the race down as they drained each athlete's energy with every step. Nevertheless, it was a great opportunity to compete.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 295 women's cross country student-athletes and 224 men's cross country student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. The Bethel College Pilots placed five total athletes on the list; three men and two women.
The Crossroads League is historically very competitive. The cross country championship races today definitely showed that the competitiveness has not waned at all. With NAIA national championship births on the line teams battled hard. The runners were also battered by the strong winds prevailing over the course. The Bethel harriers demonstrated that the teams have a bright future with the progression of their youth.
|Louisville CC Classic|
|Bethel College Invitational|
|NAIA Great Lakes Challenge|
|Crossroads League Championship|