Cameron Avilez and Russell Brown from the University of Saint Mary cross country team recently qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.
At the NAIA half marathon qualifier, Avilez earned a spot with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 11 seconds while Brown finished at 1:14.58. Ricardo Cortez and Samantha Winter also ran, but failed to qualify.
"All four runners ran great," USM coach David Dominguez said."This kind of distance tests your mental and physical toughness. They showed me that they can deal with the pain and showed others that the University of Saint Mary runners can run with anyone."