KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 36-team, 98 individual championship field has been announced for the 41st annual NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship that will be held on April 9. The national cross-country meet will be held at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hosted by Mount Mercy (Iowa).
This is the second year that the championship will be hosted in Cedar Rapids. The field is made up of 27 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 8 at-large berths. A team can automatically qualify by winning the conference championship meet or by being the meet runner-up (for a conference with more than one automatic qualifier).
Dakota State (S.D.) will be sending two runners to the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships. Senior Jacia Christiansen and Watertown native, sophomore Jada Anderson will make their second straight trip to the national cross-country meet (DSU women’s cross-country team ran in the national cross country meet in 2019, representing the North Star Athletic Association).
Christiansen won the North Star Athletic Association women’s cross-country individual title last November at the Madison Country Club. Anderson was third in the conference meet for the Trojans.
The NAIA women’s 5K race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. The race will be broadcast for the first time on the NAIA Network on https://portal.stretchinternet.com/naia/.