Welcome To Cross Country Championships Weekend!
It all comes down to this!
Welcome to Cross Country Championships Weekend!
Four collegiate divisions will hold their championships over the next two days: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA.
From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: National Championships Central
Eight teams will toe the starting line this weekend with a No. 1 next to their names in their respective division’s most recent National Coaches’ Polls.
- NCAA Division I – Northern Arizona (M), Arkansas (W)
- NCAA Division II – Colorado School of Mines (M), Adams State (W)
- NCAA Division III – Williams (M), Washington (Mo.) (W)
- NAIA – Oklahoma City (M), SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) (W)
From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Rankings & Polls Central
How many of those eight teams will stand atop the podium at the conclusion of their respective championship meets and hoist the championship trophy? That’s the big question.
History is at stake at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday where the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held for the 13th time. Northern Arizona is looking to become just the third program in NCAA DI history to win four men’s team titles in a row, while Arkansas could win its first cross country title in program history.
The Women’s 6K goes off at 11:15 am ET with the Men’s 10K scheduled to start an hour later.
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Colorado School of Mines and Adams State have been on absolute rampages this year in NCAA DII, rolling through the competition at every turn. If both teams continue their strong efforts on Saturday at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, California, it would be the 11th time that teams from the RMAC have swept the team titles since 2000.
The Women’s 6K goes off at 1 pm ET with the Men’s 10K scheduled to start at 2:15 pm ET.
Williams and Washington (Mo.) recently unseated perennial favorites North Central (Ill.) and Johns Hopkins in the National Coaches’ Polls heading into the biggest meet of the NCAA DIII season on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. The Ephs ended a 29-week streak by the Cardinals atop the National Coaches’ Poll, while the defending national champion Bears usurped the Blue Jays and earned just their third No. 1 billing in program history.
The Men’s 8K goes off at 10:45 am ET with the Women’s 6K scheduled to start an hour later.
The NAIA kicks things off on Friday in Vancouver, Washington, as Oklahoma City looks to repeat as national champion and SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) hopes to win its first title in program history. The Stars won by 27 points last year over Indiana Wesleyan, while the Bees continue to improve at the national meet – 16th in 2016, eighth in 2017 and fifth last year.
The Men’s 8K goes off at 1:30 pm ET with the Women’s 5K scheduled to start an hour later.
Be sure to check back later this weekend for much more on these meets, including analysis and results that you can only get from the USTFCCCA.