2006 National Championship Results: Men's RecapNovember 18, 2006

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Twenty-four teams and 187 runners competed in this morning's NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country National Championship Meet at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Fla. Abilene Christian posted three top ten finishers en route to the programs first-ever national championship. Junior Nicodemus Naimadu of Abilene Christian won his third individual national title in three tries.

"All the credit goes to the runners," stated Abilene Christian head coach Derek Hood. "These guys earned it with all the miles they put. They've done everything the coaches have asked them to do, and we're proud of them."

Abilene Christian adds their first men's cross country national championship to their 28 indoor and outdoor track and field national championships.

Twenty-one of the 24 teams competing were nationally ranked in the top 25. The nation's second ranked Abilene Christian finished with a combined time of 149:04.3 for 65 points in the 10K race edging No. 1 Adams State who recorded a time of 149:43.6 and 82 points. Fifth ranked Western State's 151:12.2 for 141 points was good enough for a third place finish, and No. 3 Chico State posted a time of 151:43.0 for 171 points. Fourth ranked Grand Valley State rounded out the top five with a time of 153:24.7 for 217 points.

Sixth ranked Harding's time of 153:08.6 for 241 points put the Bisons in sixth place. They were followed by No. 7 Colorado School of Mines who finished with a time of 153:41.9 and 251 points. Ninth ranked Wayne State crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 155:26.3 and 318 points. Thirteenth ranked Minnesota State at Mankato slid into the top ten with a ninth place finish with their 156:54.4 and 375 points. Eleventh ranked Stonehill closed out the top ten with a time of 156:59.9 and 392 points.

Naimadu broke the NCAA II record for individual national titles with this third championship. He recorded an impressive time of 29:17.5.

"We expect to win all of our events," said Naimadu. "This is what we've been preparing for. I feel good about what I've accomplished, but I still have more. My goal is to win every race from my freshman to my senior year."

Julius Kosgei of Harding finished in second place with a 29:19.9. Chico State's Scott Bauhs crossed the line in third place with a 29:24.5. Ryan Blood of Lock Haven cruised to a 29:27.0 time, which was good for fourth, and Kim Hogarth of Western State closed out the top five with a time of 29:32.2. Charlie Serrano of Chico State posted a sixth place finish with a time of 29:34.9. Michel Yorek led Adams State to a second place finish with his team leading time of 29:37.5. Julius Nyango (29:42.3) and Serge Gasore (29:42.6) of Abilene Christian finished eighth and ninth respectively. Adams State's Aucencio Martinez checked in at 29:45.3 for 10th place.

The top 30 overall finishers were named NCAA II All-Americans, and the top 30 time's for American runners only were also named All-Americans.

In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA region competitions.

All regions automatically qualified two teams of seven student-athletes each. Additional berths were awarded to the regions with the first eight team finishers at the 2005 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Championships.

All regions automatically qualify the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams. In addition, all individual competitors who finish in the top five overall places in their respective regional meet and are not a member of a qualifying team automatically advance to the championships.

-Courtesy Thomas Fish, West Florida