1969 NCAA University Division Cross Country Championships

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1969 NCAA University Division Cross Country Championships
DateNovember 24, 1969
Host cityNew York (state) Bronx, New York City, NY
Manhattan College
LocationVan Cortlandt Park
Athletes participating254
Distances6 miles (9.7 km)

The 1969 NCAA University Division Men's Cross Country Championships were the 31st annual cross country meet to determine the team and individual national champions of men's collegiate cross country running in the United States. Held on November 24, 1969, the meet was hosted by Manhattan College at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York City, New York. The distance for this race was 6 miles (9.7 kilometers).

All NCAA University Division members were eligible to qualify for the meet. In total, 29 teams and 254 individual runners contested this championship.[1]

The team national championship was again retained by the UTEP Miners, their first title. The individual championship was won by Gerry Lindgren, from Washington State, his third title, with a time of 28:59.20.[2] As of 2016, Lindgren remains one of four runners (Steve Prefontaine, Henry Rono, and Edward Cheserek are the others) to win three individual cross country national championships. Prefontaine finished third in 1969 and would go on to win the following three years.

Men's title[edit]

  • Distance: 6 miles (9.7 kilometers)

Team Result (Top 10)[edit]

Rank Team Points
1st, gold medalist(s) UTEP 74
2nd, silver medalist(s) Villanova 88
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Oregon 112
4 Washington State 183
5 Illinois 200
6 Western Michigan 220
7 Minnesota 287
8 Penn 292
9 Bowling Green State 325
10 Penn State

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1969 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships". MileSplit.com. Mile Split US. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 7–9. Retrieved January 12, 2015.