Nov. 4, 2000
Men's Cross Country Qualifies for NCAA Division II Championships
At Saturday's NCAA Division II South Central Regional Cross Country Championships, the Truman State University men scored 81 points and placed third, earning a spot in the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held Nov. 18 in Pomona, Calif.
Truman narrowly missed a second-place finish at Saturday's regional, falling to Missouri Southern by one point. Abilene Christian (Texas) had all five runners in the top seven and won with a score of 19 points at the meet, held in Commerce, Texas.
The Bulldogs will be making their first team appearance at nationals since 1996, when the squad placed 11th.
Juniors Andy Doering (Florissant, Mo./McCluer North) and Ben Rosario (St. Louis, Mo./SLUH) led Truman with eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively. Doering toured the 10,000-meter course in 34:08.33, while Rosario finished in 34:21.79.
The 'Dogs finished with four runners in the top 17, as freshman Alan Heincker (Dittmer, Mo./Grandview) and junior Matt Helbig (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit) finished 15th and 17th, respectively. Heincker ran a time of 34:39.67, while Helbig was about seven seconds back, in 34:46.71.
Junior Brian McQueary (St. Louis, Mo./St. Mary's) rounded out Truman's top five, finishing 32nd in 35:58.70.
It will be the Bulldogs' 19th appearance at the NCAA Division II Championships and their eighth under head coach Ed Schneider. Schneider will also be inducted into the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association will be well-represented at the national meet, as Central Missouri State picked up the fourth and final qualifying spot at the regional by finishing fourth with 86 points.
Here are the Bulldogs' complete results from the regional meet:
FINAL TEAM SCORING NCAA Division II South Central Regional Commerce, Texas, Nov. 4, 2000 1. Abilene Christian 19 2. Missouri Southern 80 3. Truman 81 4. Central Missouri 86 5. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 121 6. Emporia State (Kan.) 189 7. Northwest Missouri 220 8. Angelo State (Texas) 224 9. Missouri-Rolla 264 10. Southwest Baptist 274 11. Texas A&M-Commerce 280 12. Central Oklahoma 299 TRUMAN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Rank, Name Time 8. Andy Doering 34:08.33 9. Ben Rosario 34:21.79 15. Alan Heincker 34:39.67 17. Matt Helbig 34:46.71 32. Brian McQueary 35:58.70 34. Mark DeBold (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit) 36:06.51 36. Nick Blackburn (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell) 36:19.11