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Cross country preview: CSU men set to compete at NCAA championship

Jefferson Abbey and Christian Meyer

Jefferson Abbey and Christian Meyer

Nov. 21, 2013

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The No. 27 Colorado State men’s cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 75th annual NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday. The Rams will run the 10-Kilometer race with the nation’s top talent at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at 10 a.m. MT.

CSU, which has been ranked in the USTFCCCA’s top 30 coaches’ poll for five consecutive weeks, will look to all-Mountain Region runners Alex Muntefering and Christian Meyer to pace the squad. Although, the Rams’ success has been very much a team effort this season, with four different athletes taking top honors for CSU throughout the year.

The Rams may be a little unfamiliar with the course, having not run at Pre-Nationals earlier this season, but seniors Ben Larson, Meyer and Muntefering each ran the course two years ago at Pre-Nationals in 2011. As a sophomore Meyer was the top finisher for the Rams in that race, clocking 25:18. He placed 60th overall.

The top 40 individual finishers will be awarded All-America honors. The last men’s All-American was Mike Nicks, who finished 36th overall in 2004.

Men’s Championship History

Colorado State is making its 11th appearance at the championships since the NCAA meet was first recognized in 1938. In 10 appearances, the Rams have finished as high as fifth place, with three top 10 finishes overall.

Year Place  Team Score
2004 29th 574
2003 18th 434
2002 27th 592
2001 22nd 491
2000 21st 520
1979 23rd 540
1978 9th 255
1975 8th 300
1966 13th 339
1960 5th 118



Broadcast Information

Both the men’s and women’s races will be streamed live via beginning at 10 a.m. Click here for the live video link.


2013 Information

• CSU Open Collegiate 5K Cross Country Race Open PDF
• Citizen's 5K Cross Country Race Open PDF
• Media Guide
• CSU Top Times Open PDF
• MW Top Times

Fan Information

• Cross country camps
• Rams Cross Country on Twitter

Prospective Student Athletes

• Prospective Student-Athlete Questionnaire