Saturday, November 15, 2014

Both Washington squads receive at-large berths to compete in next week's NCAA championships...

INDIANAPOLIS--As expected, both University of Washington cross country squads were selected by the NCAA men's and women's cross country committees to compete in next week's NCAA Division I cross country championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The Washington men's squad (above/photo by Paul Merca) will make its first appearance as a team since 2009, when it finished 18th.  

Washington will go into Terre Haute after finishing fifth in the West Regional meet in Palo Alto Friday, behind Oregon, Portland, Stanford, and UCLA.  

The Husky women, who finished fourth in Friday's West Regional meet behind Oregon, Boise State and Stanford, will make its eighth straight appearance at the national championship meet, and its 16th in the last 18 years.

Kirkland native Tansey Lystad of the University of Portland, who finished sixth in the West Regional meet, will advance to the national championship as one of four individuals from the regional meet not on a team.  She joins Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan, Cal's Bethan Knights, and Raquel Hefflin from UC Riverside.

Notables from Washington that will run in the NCAA championships next week include Marisa Howard (Pasco HS) from Boise State, Conner Peloquin (Gig Harbor HS) from BYU, Nathan Weitz (Shadle Park HS), and Shane Moskowitz (Central Kitsap HS) of Oklahoma State.  All except Weitz ran in their respective regional meets on Friday.

Howard finished fifth in the West Regional meet.  Peloquin was 22nd in the Mountain Region meet, while Moskowitz finished 11th in the Midwest regional meet.

The NCAA cross country championships will be webcast on next Saturday beginning at 9 am, pacific time with the women's 6k, followed by the men's 10 an hour later.

NOTE:  The NCAA contributed to this report.

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