Sunday, November 16, 2008

Selection Sunday: Paul Limpf, Brie Felnagle & Husky men's team earn at-large berths...

The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced today the team and individual qualifiers for the 2008 Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.

In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified in their respective NCAA regions.

Among those selected as individuals were Eastern Washington's Paul Limpf (left/photo by Paul Merca), who finished 11th in the West Regional championships at Stanford on Saturday; North Carolina's Brie Felnagle, the Bellarmine Prep product, who finished second in the Southeast Regionals in Clemmons, North Carolina; and, the University of Washington men's team, which finished fifth in what was the country's toughest region, the West Region.

The top seven teams from the West Region all advanced to the national championships, including auto qualifiers Oregon & Stanford, along with Portland, California, the Huskies, UCLA, and Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo.

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.

Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.

Indiana State University will host the Championships, November 24, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women’s race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. (9:08 am on the west coast) Eastern time, followed by the men’s race at 12:48 p.m (9:48 am on the west coast). Both championship races will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports Network (channel 412 on Comcast in Seattle area) and streamed online via NCAA.com.

To read the complete NCAA release, you can click here...

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