2013 NAIA National Championships ResultsNAIA ReleaseLAWRENCE, Kan. -
Scott King and Ethan Evans closed the doors on a memorable 2013 season for the Taylor University men's cross country program with a pair of strong showings at the 2013 NAIA National Championships on Saturday.
"Ethan and Scott came through with two solid performances on the biggest stage of their careers," remarked head coach Lance Vanderberg. "I could not be more pleased with their hard work and focus this season."
The classmates ran together throughout the race, with King pulling ahead down the stretch to finish four seconds and 12 positions ahead of Evans in the tightly packed field.
King ended his junior season with a personal-best time of 26:22 at the Rim Rock Farm course in Lawrence, Kansas, ending in 157th-position among the 313 competitors in action.
"I was very excited to run with Ethan the whole race," said King. "We pushed each other the entire time."
Evans rallied from an early fall to record the second-fastest time of his three-years at Taylor, posting a mark of 26:26 to end in 169th.
"I did not run the race that I wanted but it was a great season for this team," said Evans.
Oklahoma City won team crown in 32-team field, while Southern Oregon's Eric Avila claimed the individual championship with a time of 24:02.
King and Evans both hope to return to the NAIA National Championships in 2014 with the rest of their Taylor teammates.
"We were all very thankful for the opportunity to compete in this race," added King. "Now we look forward to trying to do it as a team next season."
Evans echoed those thoughts by saying, "We are going to take this season and build on it for next year and the years to come."
King and Evans will be among a strong group of expected returners for Taylor in 2014, as the Trojans will lose only one senior, Mark Oliver, from the 2013 team that finished just six points shy of claiming the Crossroads League Championship and an automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships.
The Trojans will enter 2014 as a top contender for the Crossroads League crown and could be a potential NAIA Top-25 team, after receiving votes for three-straight weeks this season.