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Juarez, Rodriguez heading to the 'ship

Juarez, Rodriguez heading to the 'ship

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Steven Juarez (Gering, Neb.) and Alberto Rodriguez (San Jacinto, Calif.) have qualified for the 61st Annual NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships.

Juarez is making his second consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championships and Rodriguez will step onto the national stage for the first time. Both qualified based on their performances at the 2016 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championships the past weekend in Boulder. Juarez finished in 9th place with a time of 28:56 in the 8K course and Rodriguez came in 14th at 29:41.

The NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship will take place at 11:30am CST on Saturday, November 19 at North Farms Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.