Saturday, November 11, 2017

WSU men, Washington women & Vallery Korir of Cougs advance to NCAA cross country champs...

INDIANAPOLIS—-The NCAA announced the addition of the Washington State men’s cross country team (left/photo by Paul Merca), the University of Washington women’s team, and Washington State’s Vallery Korir to the field for next week’s NCAA Division I cross country championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

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 regions.

University of Louisville will host the championships, Saturday, November 18, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park located in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race will begin at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by the men’s race at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time.  Media partner Flotrack ($) will provide live streaming coverage of the meet.

The WSU men will make their third straight appearance at the NCAA championships, while the Husky women make their 11th consecutive appearance.

The WSU men were seventh at the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle Friday, while the UW women finished sixth.

Korir, the sister of US Olympian Leonard Korir, finished 19th in Friday’s regional meet, and got the fourth and final individual qualifying spot into the national championships (top 4 runners not on a qualifying team and must place in the top 25 at regionals).

NOTE: The NCAA contributed to this report.

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