Tech’s Pelarde, Minor Finish in Top-40 at NAIA National Meet
Oregon Tech's Jeff Pelarde (705) and Scott Minor (704) finished in the top-40 in today's NAIA National Championship. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Oregon Tech's Jeff Pelarde and Scott Minor came within nine seconds of gaining All-American honors at Saturday's NAIA national cross country championships at the Fort Vancouver National Monument.
Pelarde placed 35th, and Minor was 40th, in the men's 8,000-meter race on a muddy course.
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There were 309 runners to complete the men's race which was won by John Gilbertson of The Masters. Gilbertwon was timed in 23:56, and finished just ahead of Greg Montgomery from The College of Idaho. Montgomery was timed in 24:06.
Pelarde was timed in 25:26, and Minor in 25:30.
Only the top 30 individuals gain All-American honors, and the final runner to attain that status was Ricky Avila of Concordia of California. Avila finished the race in 25:21.
In the women's 5K race, CofI's Hillary Holt, the Cascade Collegiate Conference champion, won the national title in 17:00, well ahead of Sharon Ronoh of Lindsey Wilson (17:20) and Eastern Oregon's Karlee Coffee (17:29).
In the team races, St. Francis of Illinois won the men's title and stunned top-rated Southern Oregon. SOU had been ranked No. 1 in the nation all season. The University of British Columbia was sixth, CofI 11th, Eastern 14th, Lewis-Clark State 15th and Concordia of Portland 17th.
British Columbia won the women's team title, and was followed by The College of Idaho. Cal State-San Marcos was fourth, Lewis-Clark State eighth, Eastern Oregon 13th and Northwest Christian 14th.
After a four-year run hosted by the Cascade Collegiate Conference, the next two NAIA national cross country championships will be contested at the Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., and will be hosted by the Kanas Collegiate Athletic Association.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minor and teammate Gerald Davis are among the winners of NAIA Scholar-Athlete status, the equivalent of being named an NAIA Academic All-American. They were the lone Oregon Tech cross country runners to earn the distinction this year.
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