Mountain West Cross Country Teams Gear Up For NCAA Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mountain West men’s and women’s cross country teams will toe the start line in a pair of 2014 NCAA Regional Championship meets on Friday, Nov. 14, looking to punch their ticket to the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The top two teams from the nine regional meets earn automatic bids into the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which take place Nov. 22 in Terra Haute, Indiana. Thirteen at-large berths across the nine regional sites are also at stake, rounding out the national field at 31 teams. In addition, the top four individuals at each regional not on a qualifying team will advance to nationals, provided the runner finishes in the top-25 of their respective race.
New Mexico, fresh off its sixth straight sweep of the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, will host the Mountain Regional Championships at the UNM North Golf Course. The Lobos have the ninth-ranked women’s team in the nation, while the men check in at No. 13 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches’ Poll. The women’s 6K race begins at 12 p.m. MT, and the men’s 10K race is set for 1 p.m. MT.
The Mountain Regional Championships features one of the deepest fields on the men’s side with six ranked teams competing, including top-ranked Colorado and No. 29 Air Force. On the women’s side, Colorado is the lone team outside of the host Lobos to enter with a national ranking, as the Buffaloes are currently No. 12 in the nation. Other Mountain West teams competing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be Colorado State, Nevada, Utah State and Wyoming. For results from the Mountain Regional Championships, visit GoLobos.com
Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV head out to Palo Alto, California, for the West Regional Championships at the Stanford Golf Course. The women’s 6K race begins at 11 a.m. PT and action concludes with the men’s 10K at 12 p.m. PT.
The No. 25 Broncos are one of six ranked teams competing in the women’s field. Led by seniors Emma Bates and Marisa Howard, the Broncos finished second to the Lobos at the 2014 MW Cross Country Championships. Bates and Howard finished one-two at the Conference meet, with Bates earning her second straight MW title. She was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championship and won last year’s West Regional Championship in Sacramento, California.
Boise State's David Elliott, winner of the men’s 8K at the 2014 MW Cross Country Championship, looks to keep his strong season going in the men’s 8K race, as he leads the Boise State men’s team into action. The host and ninth-ranked Cardinal have won three straight NCAA West Regional Championships. The men’s race also features No. 2 Oregon and No. 8 Portland. Live results for the West Regional Championships can be found here: http://www.rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc14/?DB_OEM_ID=30600.
Fans can follow all of Friday’s action from the USTFCCCA’s Regional Championship Central page http://www.ustfccca.org/infozone/regional-championship-central.php?year=2014&divno=35&submit=Submit.