The Pilots headed east through lake effect snow storms to Houghton, New York for the NCCAA National Cross Country Championships hosted by Houghton College. Only the top seven for each squad raced on Saturday morning in cold temperatures but calm conditions. Scattered across the ground were patches of snow. The men's race was even greeted by gently falling snow throughout. On Friday evening, the remaining team members ran in an unofficial open race, which proved to be a great precursor to the Saturday races.
The Pilot harriers traveled to Upland, Indiana for the Crossroads League Championship hosted by Taylor University. It marked the second-ever race on the course Taylor has been working a couple of years to prepare. The Pilots raced on it in their first meet of the season in searing heat, but today was much cooler and windy. The NAIA national qualifiers are determined by this race and this race only. The Crossroads League is tough on both sides with many nationally ranked teams, which set the stage for some good entertaining races.
The Bethel College cross country teams will travel to Upland, Indiana for the 2014 Crossroads League Championship this Saturday, November 8th. The women's 5k race is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the men's 8k race at 11:30 a.m. An awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. will conclude the day's events.
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 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|