Women's Cross Country
No. 27 Men's and No. 4 Women's Cross Country Headed To NCAA Championships
Nov. 13, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's cross country team will join the women's squad at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20, after receiving at at-large bid. The women automatically qualified for the national meet, clinching the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Nov. 11. The win catapulted the women to a No. 4 ranking in the nation.
"We are extremely proud of being chosen as an at-large team to the NCAA Championships," MSU Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth stated. "The guys have done an unbelievable job of progressing as a team throughout the season. They have raced their best during the championship season, making advancement well earned. I could not be more proud of this team and look forward to next Monday's meet."
The selection marks the men's fourth trip to the national stage since 2000, and 38th in school history. Historically, the Spartans have had great success at the meet, capturing eight National Championships. Michigan State's highest finish in the past 10 years was a seventh-place showing in 1997. The men enter the race ranked No. 27 in the nation.
The Regional Championship on the women's side was the third title in school history and the first since 2001. The win had a drastic effect on the national polls, as Michigan State jumped from No. 11 to No. 4 in the nation.
The Spartan women return to the NCAA Championships for the sixth-straight year, and eighth time in school history. The Green and White had its highest placing in the inaugural season, as the women's race was not sanctioned by the NCAA until 1981. The Spartans finished fourth that season. The Green and White's best finish during its current streak was an 11th-place performance in 2001.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions. 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.
Indiana State University will host the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The women's race will begin at noon Eastern time followed by the men's race at 1:15 p.m.
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