The 2013 Oregon Tech Cross Country Team (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
CALDWELL, Idaho — Oregon Tech likely will send two individual runners to the NAIA national championships for the second straight year after both Paul Adams and Scott Minor placed in the top nine at Saturday's Cascade Collegiate Conference championships.
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While the Hustlin' Owls, who were ranked No. 26 in the most recent national coach's poll.
Adams finished sixth and covered the men's 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes. 00.24 seconds.
Minor, who will make his fourth straight trip to the national meet, was ninth in 26:16.97.
Tech had hoped it had a chance to stun fourth-rated Southern Oregon and eighth-ranked Eastern Oregon in the battle for team honors, but finished fourth, instead. The College of Idaho, the host for the conference meet, was third in the men's race.
CofI, however, won the women's team title with a near perfect 19 points. The Coyotes had the top four individuals in the women's race, led by All-American Hilary Holt, who won the 5K race in 17:52.05.
Mary Matchett and Samantha Lindauer were 25th and 26th, respectively, in the women's race, and Matchett led OIT with her 20:09.58.
CofI's women, and the Southern Oregon men, won the league's automatic team berths to the national championships in Lawrence, Kan.
Eastern's ranking should get the Mountaineers an at-large berth in the men's national meet, as should Northwest Christian, which was second in the women's meet.
OIT's men, who were seeking their first team trip to nationals, would need a lot of help to make the trip to Kansas since at-large bids rarely go past No. 21 in the rankings.
At-large individual berths also rarely go past No. 15, which appears to mean Matchett, for the OIT women, and Kirby Garlitz, who was No. 23 in the men's race, will not head to the national meet.
Northwest Christian's Alek Angeli was 24th. The Klamath Union grad also finished too far out to qualify for the national meet, especially since the Beacons were fifth in the team race.
Adams, an OIT sophomore from Mazama, will make his first trip to nationals and join Minor, one of the two seniors on Tech's men's team. Garlitz, a Mazama grad, is the other.