Men's Cross Country

High endurance

Orphaned at age 9, Chernet Sisay lived on the streets of Ethiopia for more than a year and can't bear to summon the memories. So why can't he stop smiling?

Embraced With Every Step

When the cacophony of the world around him rattles in his brain and the thoughts of looming deadlines and dirty dishes and keeping pace with classmates pile up in his mind so high they obscure any other thought, Ryan Gehman needs a hug.

Billy Mills: Hero to Native Americans and Olympians everywhere

Billy Mills began life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His Lakota name, “Makoce Te’hila,” means “Loves His Country” or, more traditionally, “Respects the Earth.” Orphaned by age 13, he faced poverty and discrimination but drew strength from running. Nothing has stopped him since.

Ken Corigliano: Serving his country and getting down and dirty

Corigliano ran cross country at Saint Leo University from 2002-06.  He graduated magna cum laude from the institution in 2006 and now serves in the U.S. Air Force. In 2009, he was selected as the Chief of U.S. Official Government Travel Intelligence Operations for all official U.S. government international dignitary travel.

Craig Virgin: Life in the fast lane

Virgin, president and founder of his own company, is no stranger to success, but he has always worked hard for his achievements.

A Festival Atmosphere

Bring six national championships together in one weekend festival – which took place in Division II for the eighth time in December – and the impactful moments multiply.

2014 Division II Men’s Cross Country

With an impressive record of finishing first or second in every NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championship since 2003, Adams State has become the team to beat. But on a cold, gray day in Louisville on a wet, muddy course, nobody was able to do it.

2014 Division I Men’s Cross Country

One year ago, after hoisting the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships trophy above his head, University of Colorado, Boulder, runner Blake Theroux reflected on the mark his team made in the storied history of Buffs cross country. That season, he and his teammates had emerged from the shadows of successful teams before them, he explained, and showed that “Colorado is definitely going to be around for a long time.”

2014 Division III Men’s Cross Country

All season long, the North Central (Illinois) men’s cross country team was fueled by a strong sense of determination and the memories of a near-miss at last year’s NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country national championship. The Cardinals used these attributes to fight through early adversity and captured the program’s 16th national title Nov. 22, in Mason, Ohio.

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