DSU Cross Country to National Championships
After a tough DAC conference meet, the men and women’s cross country team sent four individual qualifiers to the NAIA National Cross Country meet in Vancouver, Washington on November 20th. The meet was held at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, hosted by Cascade Collegiate conference and Concordia (Ore.) University.The men’s team, were represented by Senior Devon Berkness, Junior Matt Fideler, and Sophmore Andy Coy. The women’s team was represented by lone junior Steph Warnke. All four mentioned that the course was extremely tough this year than last year’s course, because it was muddy and made it difficult to run on.On the men’s side, Andy Coy was the first Trojan to cross the line and placed 92nd with a time of 26:31. Devon Berkness was 118th in 26:44 and Matt Fideler finished 136th with a time of 26:56. Stephanie Warnke was back in Vancouver and looking to take some revenge, becuase she did not run last year. She qualified, but an Achilles injury allowed her to sit out in last year’s meet. This year she took on the course and finished 105th out of 331 runners in the women’s race. She ran a time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds.