FORT VANCOUVER, Wash. — Kameron Carpenter gave the University of Rio Grande its top finish among the three RedStorm runners in Saturday’s 2017 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Carpenter, a junior from Newark, Ohio, finished 234th among the 328 runners with a time of 27:19 on the 8k course.
Freshman Mohamed Farah (Galloway, OH) and sophomore River Spicer (West Milton, OH) were 277th and 278, respectively, finishing in times of 27:57 and 27:59.
The individual title was won by Mark Shaw of Oklahoma City, who crossed the finish line in a time of 24:09. Shaw led for a majority of the race en route to becoming the first-ever individual champion for the Stars.
William Carey’s (Miss.) Geoffrey Kipchumba finished second for the second straight season, crossing in a time of 24:19. In four trips to the national championships, Kipchumba never finished worse than 10th-place.
British Columbia won its first-ever national title, accumulated 41 total points – the best team total since Life (Ga.) tallied 41 points at the 1998 national championships. All five of the Thunderbirds’ scoring individuals finished among the top 15.
Columbia (Mo.) took second in the team race with 168 points, while Oklahoma City was third with 179 points. Southern Oregon (193 points) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (200 points) rounded out the top five.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.