1939 NCAA Cross Country Championships

The 1939 NCAA Cross Country Championships were the second annual cross country meet to determine the team and individual national champions of men's collegiate cross country running in the United States.

1939 NCAA Cross Country Championships
DateNovember 27, 1939
Host cityEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State College
VenueForest Akers East Golf Course
Distances4 miles (6.4 km)
Participation67 athletes

Since the current multi-division format for NCAA championship did not begin until 1973, all NCAA members were eligible. In total, 19 teams and 67 individual runners contested this championship.[1]

The meet was hosted by Michigan State College at the Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan for the second consecutive time. Additionally, the distance for the race was 4 miles (6.4 kilometers).

The team national championship was won by the Michigan State Spartans, their first, while the individual championship was won by Walter Mehl from Wisconsin, with a time of 20:30.9.[2]

Men's titleEdit

  • Distance: 4 miles

Team ResultEdit

Rank Team Points
  Michigan State 51
  Wisconsin 57
  Indiana 84
4 Drake 104
5 Oklahoma A&M 114
6 Michigan State Normal 129
7 Alfred 138
8 Notre Dame 217
9 Ohio State 227


  1. ^ "1939 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships". MileSplit.com. Mile Split US. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 7–9. Retrieved December 24, 2014.