ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Park University women’s cross country team earned its sixth straight trip to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships by winning the American Midwest Conference championship race on Saturday at Forest Park in the heart of St. Louis, Mo.
Park’s Daniel Tubei also earned a spot in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship race by winning Saturday’s Men’s AMC meet in a time of 24:35.
Tubei will join Kimberly Brown, Niesha Morgan, Maria Tutu, Lindsey McDonald, Alex Harkins, Elizabeth Grubbs and Julie Munter in Fort Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships.
For his stellar performance on Saturday, Tubei was also named the AMC Men’s Cross Country runner of the year and the Newcomer of the Year.
On the women’s side, Morgan was named the AMC Freshman of the year and for the second consecutive season head coach Brian Renshaw was named the AMC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the year.
In the women’s race, Kimberly Brown ran the fastest time of any Pirate with her second-place finish in a time of 18:39. That time was also a personal best for Brown.
Morgan ran the race in a time of 18:32 and placed fourth, fellow teammate Maria Tutu placed fifth in a time of 19:14.
Park had three other runners finish in the top 10 including Lindsey McDonald who finished seventh in a time of 19:27 and Alex Harkins finished right behind her in eighth-place in a time of 19:33.
Freshman Elizabeth Grubbs took 10th and ran the 5K in a time of 19:56 and to round things out Julie Munter placed 15th with a time of 21:02.
All eight of Park’s men’s team finished in the Top 25, Will Zibers placed 12th with a time of 26:36 and teammate Trey Crawford took home 13th in the 8K race in a time of 26:40.
Freshman Christian Hoffman and Art Vollbrecht had good days for Park as well, as Hoffman finished in 15th-place and Vollbrecht came in 16th-place.
McDonald and Harkins were also named to the AMC All-Academic team.