NCAA West Regional Meet On Tap For Cross Country Clubs
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The first step towards the National Championships takes place Friday as the league clubs take park in the NCAA West Regional meet.
The meet, one of nine regionals across the country, is the final step in determining the fields for the NCAA Championships on November 21 in Louisville, Ky. The University of Washington will play host to the West Regional at Jefferson Park Golf Course, as more than 30 men’s and women’s teams will line up looking to gain qualification to nationals.
The women’s 6,000-meter race will be first on Friday starting at 12 noon. The men will compete in a 10K with that race beginning at 1 p.m. All nine Big West schools will send teams to Seattle for the competition. The Big West will be a tough out at the West Regional three clubs are ranked in the top 15 in the men’s regional rankings (UC Santa Barbara - 9th, Cal Poly - 11th, UC Davis 15th), while two more are ranked in the women’s regional rankings (Cal Poly - 7th, UC Santa Barbara - 12th).
The top-two teams in each gender at every Regional automatically advance to NCAAs, making for 18 teams auto advancing. The next 13 “at-large” qualifiers will be determined by a process of counting up “points” that teams earned with wins over other NCAA qualifiers throughout the year, with the order of finish at Regionals also playing a large part.