JOPLIN, Mo.— Adams State University men’s cross country team easily captured their NCAA Division II record ninth national title Saturday afternoon on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Adams State were led by three runners who posted impressive times to finish amongst the top four runners across the finishing line.
The Grizzlies had five of the top 15 finishers and had all seven finish amongst the top 28 en-route to a team score of just 34 points.
That mark allowed them to easily out-point Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Mines, which finished with 102, to earn what was the Orediggers’ best-ever finish.
ASU’s arch-rival Western State Colorado University finished well back in sixth, the Mountaineers’ worst placing in 21 all-time NCAA Division II Championship appearances as Alaska-Anchorage took third with 147 behind the leadership of individual national champion Micah Chelimo.
Augustana (S.D.) finished fourth with 182 to edge Chico State (Calif.) by one point.
The Grizzlies, who posted the meet’s largest margin of victory since the meet was also held here in 1999, have now won four of the last five NCAA Division II titles.
They also won the 1992 title with a perfect score of 15 and claimed titles in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2003 before starting their more recent string of three straight titles in 2008.
Adams State had also won an NAIA record 12 national titles before moving up to the Division II ranks in 1992.
The Mountaineers were ranked second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Rankings coming in behind the top-ranked Grizzlies. Colorado Mines had been ranked third.