JEFFERSON CITY – The Columbia College men's cross-country team won the American Midwest Conference Championship meet Friday in Jefferson City. This year is the program's inaugural season.
Four male runners had Top 10 performances to edge Park University for first place in the team event. Freshman Cody Gorham placed fourth with a time of 27.10 and earned AMC Freshman of the Year. Freshmen Cameron Schmitz (27:25), Devin Sander (27:29), and Michael McCulloch (27:46) finished fifth, sixth, and eighth, respectively.
With the victory, the men's team qualifies for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship held in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17.
The men will not be the only representatives of Columbia College at the NAIA Championship meet. Freshman Julia Montgomery will represent the women's team as an individual after the team placed fourth in the AMC meet. She qualified by placing eighth overall in the conference meet with a time of 20:08.