NCAA Championship Qualifying Criteria



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CROSS COUNTRY

2016 DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY

NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships Homepage

Team Selections

A total of 31 teams compete as a team at the NCAA D-I Championships. 18 bids are automatic (top two teams in each region), 13 bids are at-large.

At-large selection: The process for selection involves a review of regular-season competition and finish at the regional championships. Regional finish is the first criterion, for example, a fourth-place team may not be selected for an at-large berth ahead of a third-place team from the same region. But, a team with a fourth-place finish, for example, could “push” both the third- and fourth-place finishing team into the championships if the fourth-place team has enough “wins” to be the next at-large team. Wins from the regular-season are only counted if squads beat another’s “A” team, defined by having competed four or more individuals in that regular-season meet that competed at the regional championships. Official designations of “A” and “B” teams can only be accomplished after the results of the NCAA regional meets have been completed. Also, only competitions starting September 26 through regional meet weekend are included in the analysis.

Additional Individual Selections

After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. From those teams NOT selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected (but must have finished within the top 25 of the region).

At-large selection: Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.

2016 DIVISION II CROSS COUNTRY

NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships Homepage

Team Selections

The number of teams that will participate in the NCAA DII Championships is 32 per gender. The top three teams from each region will automatically advance to the national meet. Additional automatic team advancement allotments will remain the same: previous-year results from the national championships will determine the field make-up.

NCAA Division II Cross Country – 2016 Team Advancement by Region

MEN Region WOMEN
4 Atlantic 3
4 Central 4
3 East 3
5 Midwest 5
3 South 3
5 South Central 5
3 Southeast 3
5 West 6

Each region receives minimum of three teams per region automatically into national finals.

The remaining at-large bids are based on the previous year NCAA Championship finish — a region gains an additional at-large bid if a team from the same region finished in the NCAA’s top eight the year prior.

The allotment of qualifiers per region for men and women for the 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships is listed to the right.

Additional Individual Selections

Individual auto qualifiers are 24 per gender (3 per region of athletes NOT on already qualified teams). Total participation in the national championships per gender in the NCAA meet is 248.

2016 DIVISION III CROSS COUNTRY

NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships Homepage

Team Selections

A total of 32 teams compete as a team at the NCAA DIII Championships. 16 bids are automatic (top two teams in each region), 16 bids are at-large.

At-large selection: The NCAA DIII track & field subcommittee is tasked with selecting the 16 at-large teams for the national championships. Regional finish is the primary piece of at-large qualifying criteria (starting with the 2013 season, there is no longer a cap of how many at-large teams may be selected from the same region). A team cannot be selected to the national meet over a team it finished behind at its respective regional.

According to the NCAA Pre-Championships Manual, the following are the criteria used by the committee to select at-large teams (no preferential order): regional place/performance, late-season performance (using last three regular-season meets), head-to-head competition versus teams already qualified, common opponents using late-season comparisons, regional-meet point gap, late-season meet point gaps.

Additional Individual Selections

After teams have been determined, 56 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. From those teams NOT selected in the above process, the top seven finishers at each regional are automatically selected.