Cross Country Teams Return to Louisville for NCAA Championships
Nov. 14, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's cross country teams will conclude the 2012 season as they return to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17. The meet will be held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The women's race is slated to begin at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the men's at 1:15 p.m. ET.
"I'm really excited to have an opportunity for both teams to run in the NCAA Championship," said director of cross country/track and field Walt Drenth. "We did what we needed to do in order to qualify. Now it's just putting all of the pieces together and all of the pieces are prepared to run well at the national championships, so we'll have a good chance to do some damage and that's really exciting"
The women will be making their 12th straight NCAA Cross Country Championships appearance as a team, the longest active streak in the Big Ten Conference. This is also the 14th-consecutive year MSU has had at least one individual competing in the race.
The women qualified as a team after placing second at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, Nov. 9. The men's team earned an at-large bid to the meet after placing fourth at the Regionals.
Individually, the top-40 runners in each race will receive All-America honors.
NCAA Championships History - Men
NCAA Championships History - Women
Last year, the Spartans placed 16th with a team total of 386 points. Junior Sara Kroll recorded the Spartans' top individual finish when she crossed the line in 20:38, earning All-America honors with a 34th-place finish.
Where We Rank
After their fourth-place finish at the NCAA Regional meet, the men broke into the national rankings for the first time this season as they sit at No. 30.
Finishing in the top-25 in the women's race, junior Sara Kroll, redshirt sophomore Leah O'Connor, junior Julia Otwell, redshirt freshman Lindsey Clark and redshirt senior Olivia Sydow each earned all-region honors.
Last Time Out
In the men's 10Krace, Alex Wilson led the Spartans with a career-best time of 31:30, good for 17th place. Classmate Caleb Rhynard was next to cross the finish line, placing 21st with a time of 31:40. Close behind was senior Josh McAlary who finished in 31:42 for 22nd place.
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