The 1979 men's cross country team placed 14th at the NAIA national championships after winning the Northwest Conference and NAIA District II titles in convincing fashion. The team was led by the trio of David Fleming, Kelly Sullivan, and David Johnson. That group placed 1-2-3, respectively, in both the conference and district championship meets to earn all-conference and all-district honors. Fleming led the Bearcats at nationals, placing 28th overall. Tim Rutledge and Rick LaGriede placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the conference meet to earn all-conference honors.