NCAA rules for Division II programs says that
all teams within a University must meet the minimum requirements
of having enough players to successfully complete a race.
Each team is allowed only so many forfeitures before penalties
are imposed, possibly affecting other sports and not just the
Penalties could result in the forfeiture of any national or
regional titles earned within that season by any and all sports
within that institution.
A Division II college must also carry no more and no less than
a total of 10 sports (five men’s sports and five women’s
sports) within any particular season.
Although three of the HPU women’s team runners ran in this
year’s first three invitationals, they were unable to
complete the race without the full five runners required by
Coach Friis scrambled to find two other runners, and a third
as a reserve, who were willing to fill the necessary positions.
Although Baron and Anderson had never been on a cross country
team before, they were no strangers to running, as softball
also carries out a “strict” workout regimen that
includes strenuous running. The two agreed to run for Friis
Baron and Anderson went with the cross country team on the
road to compete in the Montana State University Invitational,
in Billings, just one week after joining the team.
Baron, a junior from Issaquah, Washington, is used to running
a much shorter race around HPU’s softball diamond. The
5-7 business major commented that running the 5K race in Montana’s
45-degree climate was something she “wasn’t used
to.” Despite the chilly temperatures, Baron said she “still
managed to finish the race” in her usual time.
Baron’s softball teammate, Anderson, has had previous
experience in long-distance running. The 5-10 psychology major
from Santa Ana, Calif. has run in a number
of major races.
Two years ago I ran in both ‘The Bull Dog Race,’ a 30K in Malibu,
California, and ‘The Great Aloha Run’ here in Honolulu,” said
Anderson. She’s also participated in Huntington Beaches ten-mile “Distance
Durby” along side her mom, and plans to run in this years “Honolulu
Marathon,” a 26.2 mile race. “It will be one of the biggest races
I’ve run,” said Anderson. Baron jokingly refers to Anderson as “a
It is definitely a balancing act for Anderson and Baron as
they manage to play two collegiate-level sports within
the same season, while still maintaining
their GPAs, and holding up their commitment to their own team.