Nov. 10, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championship, as announced on Saturday, Nov. 10. The men will compete at the national meet for the first time since 2009.
“I’m really excited for the guys to have an opportunity to run in the NCAA Championship,” said director of cross country/track and field Walt Drenth. “I think it’s a testament to their will and discipline. To come away from the conference meet that didn’t go so well and go to the regional meet and run like they did is a really hard thing to do. It was a complete turnaround and proves their will and determination.”
The Spartans will return to the Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17. after racing in the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 29. The women’s 6k race will begin at noon, followed by the men’s 10k competition at 1:15 p.m. A live webcast of the Championships will be broadcast from noon until 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
The men will join the women’s team, who qualified for the championship meet by placing second at the Great Lakes Regional meet yesterday in Madison, Wis. The men placed five in the top-30 to earn a fourth-place team finish at the regional meet.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.
Ranked sixth in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region poll, the Spartans surged to a fourth-place finish at Friday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.