SJU’s long-awaited cross-country opening set for Saturday morning

The Saint John’s Cross Country Team kicks off their 2021 season with a Triangle match against the St. Cloud State Division II Club team and Trinity Bible (ND) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 4 at Boulder Ridge GC in St. Cloud.

LONG TO COME: Saturday’s season opener is the Johnnies’ first cross-country competition since the 2019 NCAA Central Regional, where SJU placed ninth out of 28 teams. It is a period of 658 days.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Each team, including Saint John’s, entered seven runners for the 2019 NCAA Regional Championship held Nov. 16 at the Wartburg campus in Waverly, Iowa. The Johnnies are dismissing five of the seven, which were all subclasses (freshmen or sophomores), as of this day. Junior Tom nemanich (Red Wing, Minn.) Finished 50th, followed by seniors Dillon Diekmann (Lake Elmo, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) in 56th and senior Andy Goldsmith (Tulsa, Okla./Cascia Hall) in 64th. Junior Mitch Great (Hutchinson, Minn.) And senior Justus Fast (Reno, Nev./Galena) completed the seven Johnnies in 111th and 112th, respectively. Absent from this team was junior Lloyd young (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy), who was All-Region indoor in the 5,000-meter and placed second in that event at the Elite Division III Indoor Championships last winter / spring. He finished fifth in the 5k and sixth in the 10k at the MIAC Outdoor Championships in May.

NEW REGION: The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Track and Field Committee, as well as the Division III Championships Committee, approved a new 10-region realignment model for cross-country on July 8. . The new northern region includes SJU and MIAC, as well as such as UMAC, WIAC and Wisconsin private schools.

REGIONAL RANKS: SJU was ranked # 9 out of 10 teams in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaching Association’s North Region Rankings released on August 24.

1. Wisconsin-La Crosse
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater
3. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
4. Saint-Olaf
5. Wisconsin-Oshkosh
6. Wisconsin-Stout
7. Carleton
8. Gustave Adolphe
9. SJU
10. Carthage (Wisdom)

SEASON NO. 43: The 2021 cross country season is the 43rd for Tim miles as the Johnnies Cross Country Head Coach. Miles’ cross country program has finished among the top two MIAC teams in 24 of the past 41 seasons, including nine MIAC titles (1981, 1982, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2006 and 2007). He had 22 cross-country teams qualified for the national competition, with 17 top-15 finishes. The Johnnies have 36 top-eight rankings in their last 39 NCAA Central Regional Championships (dating back to 1982), including five titles and 25 top-five rankings.

THE REST OF THE SCHEDULE: The Johnnies return to action in two weeks (September 18) at the St. Olaf Invitational and continue a sort of MIAC tour with the Hamline Invitational two weeks later (October 1). SJU will split into two games in mid-October, the Crown Invitational (October 15) and the Lewis and Clark (Ore.) Invitational (October 16), before the MIAC Championship on October 30 in St. Olaf. The Johnnies host the annual Fall Finals on Nov. 5 at the new NCAA North Regional Competition on Nov. 13 in Colfax, Wisconsin. The 2021 NCAA Division III Championship takes place on November 20 in Louisville, Ky.

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