The Grinnell College mens cross country team is preparing for the NCAA III National Meet this Saturday in Hanover, Indiana. It’s been awhile since the Pioneers qualified as a team. Coach Will Freeman believes 1991 was the last time they went as a team. This team had high hopes going into this season.

Freeman says the team has improved every meet and they saw that in their last meet as they improved, running over one minute faster in tougher conditions, which he says is "absolutely amazing."

The Grinnell men qualified as an at large team, finishing fourth at the Central Regional Meet hosted by Grinnell last Saturday. Freeman says he’s familiar with the course being run for the national meet. He says it’s a flat course with quite a few turns, so it should be a fast course, and sunny weather is projected.

The mens race takes place at 10:00 Saturday morning.