The University of the Cumberlands' (UC) Cross Country four national qualifiers traveled to Vancouver, WA to compete in NAIA Cross Country National Meet on November 17, 2012. It was the fourth-consecutive year that the NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships were held at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. It was hosted by the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Concordia University-Portland (Ore.). Even though not competing as a team, individually, each Patriot performed well.
Starting with the women's qualifiers for the 5K event, finishing first was Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) who ran a time of 18:22 finishing 18th overall. Next up was Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) who finished milliseconds behind in 19th place also with a time of 18:22. The Patriot ladies competed against a total of 328 runners total in this race.
In the men's 8K event and competing against a total of 327 runners, the first man to cross the line was Landon Hamilton (Andover, OH) who ran a time of 26:04 and finished 91st overall. Second to cross the line for the Patriots was Aundreas Lopez (Calistoga, CA) who finished in 224th place with a time of 27:21.
The previous night the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 317 women's cross country student-athletes have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. Darcy Mascotti qualified for this award and was announced a 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete.
This national championship meet was the final meet for the Patriots in their cross country season.
For more information on the cross country team or Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article provided by Danielle Hoop, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant