Heartland Cross Country squads head to National ChampionshipNovember 11, 2020
The Heartland Hawks Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will run for the Division II National Championship in their debut season.
After winning the Region 24 Meet on October 31 in Vincennes, IN, the Hawks runners will compete this Saturday for the national prize.
Heading into the Championship meet, the Hawks women are ranked number two and the men are ranked number seven by the Division II coaches’ poll.
This is quite an accomplishment for Head Coach Ty Wolf and the two Hawks XC teams that didn’t even exist last year.
Heartland added four new sports for the 2020-2021 academic year: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Volleyball. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, only the new Men’s Golf team and both Cross Country teams were allowed to compete under NJCAA rules for competition in the Fall 2020 semester.
Despite the uncertainty of college athletics in the pandemic environment the Cross Country squads were able to compile impressive records. The women posted six 1st Place finishes and the men posted five.
“After all we have gone through over the last several months this is huge for us,” said Heartland Athletics Director Ryan Knox. “Coach Wolf, his coaching staff, and our athletes deserve all the credit for the hard work that moved this team to an elite status. They’ve stayed focused, followed COVID safety measures, and set a great example for our program.”
The Hawks teams will compete for the NJCAA Championship on Saturday, November 14 at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA.
Written by: Steve Fast