Cross Country & Football Set for National Postseason

Posted November 18, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 18, 2016)- Two Missouri Valley College athletic programs are set to compete in their respective National postseason competitions Saturday.  The No. 11 Viking football team returns to the NAIA Football Championship Series, while the No. 9 men’s cross country team is set to compete at the 2016 NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

 

The Missouri Valley football team travels to Fort Wayne, Ind., for a meeting with No. 4 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) in the first round of the NAIA FCS.  The Vikings are appearing in the NAIA FCS for the fifth time in the past six years, and eighth time overall under Head Coach Paul Troth.  The program is 8-7 under Troth in the postseason, including three semifinal appearances.  Missouri Valley last played Saint Francis in the first round of the 2011 NAIA FCS, and lost at home, 28-14.

 

Saturday’s game features a pair of top ten defenses.  Missouri Valley ranks sixth in the NAIA in scoring defense, giving up just 17 points per game.  Saint Francis ranks fifth, giving up just 16.1 points per game.  The two teams also are among the leaders in total sacks.  The Vikings rank eighth with 32 sacks, while the Cougars rank sixth with 34 sacks so far this season.  On offense, Freshman Quarterback Jake Bridges (Park Hills, Mo.) ranks sixth in the NAIA in pass efficiency (174.6) while Saint Francis is ranked ninth in the NAIA (164.7).

 

Saturday’s game is set for an 11 a.m., CST, kickoff at Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium in Fort Wayne.

 

The Viking men’s cross country team heads into the 2016 NAIA Cross Country National Championships ranked in the top 10 for the first time in program-history.  Missouri Valley captured the program’s third Heart of America Athletic Conference championship, and first since 2013, earlier this month.  The Vikings are looking to top the team finish from the 2013 National competition.  Missouri Valley finished No. 23 overall that year. 

 

Leading the team into the National competition is Junior Ulysses Orozco (Lake Forest, Calif.) who finished second at the conference championship meet, with a time of 25:53.  He was followed by Junior Victor Reveles (Los Angeles, Calif.) who finished third in a time of 26:13.  The top five scorers for Missouri Valley finished in the top 13 and earned all-conference selections.

 

The 2016 NAIA Cross Country National Championships take place at the North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.  The men’s 8k race is scheduled to start Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

 

Live coverage for both National postseason events can be found by going to moval.edu/athletics and going to the Game Day Page link.

 

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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