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CROSS COUNTRY

2014 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.

2014 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 – 2014 Team Advancement by Region

MEN Region WOMEN
3 Atlantic 3
4 Central 4
3 East 3
4 Midwest 4
3 South 3
6 South Central 6
3 Southeast 3
6 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 2014 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.

2014 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.

 

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

2014 Division I Indoor Track & Field

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is December 1st. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is March 2nd, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern except for conference championships. The deadline for results reporting to TFRRS for conference championships is by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on March 3rd. There are no “last chance” meets in Division I Indoor Track & Field.

Standards: There are no qualifying standards for the championships season. There will be a track indexing standard to delineate the different indexing among flat, undersized, banked and oversized (log in as a member to ncaa.org, Championships, Division I Indoor Track & Field). Altitude conversions, as well as other conversions, are based on a formula and will be done as results are submitted (to TFRRS).

General Term

Conversion Term

Track Length

Track Verticality

Undersized

Undersized

Less than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat or Banked

Flat

Flat

200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

Banked^

Banked/Oversized

200 Meters/220 Yards

Banked

Oversized

Banked/Oversized

Greater than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

^ 2014 championship on a banked track. All marks submitted for impacted events on non-banked or non-oversized tracks will be converted to a banked-track equivalent.

*Download NCAA conversion calculator (.exe)

Qualifying Criteria: Qualification to the championships is based on the descending-order list for the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations/criteria published on www.ncaa.org. For each men’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties. Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Ties: See 2014 Division I Indoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual (Pg. 14, Section 2.4) or the 2014 Division I Indoor Track & Field Technical Manual (Pg. 4-5, Number 2 under heading, “Administration of the Championships”)

 

2014 Division II Indoor Track & Field

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is November 29th. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is March 2nd, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern except for conference championships. Declarations for all institutions whose student-athletes meet automatic or provisional qualifying standards, regardless of position on the descending-order lists, will be accepted between February 26th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time and March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. There are no “last chance” meets in Division II Indoor Track & Field.

Standards: The NCAA has published its qualifying standards for the 2014 season. There will be a track indexing standard to delineate the different indexing among flat, undersized, banked and oversized (log in as a member to ncaa.org, Championships, Division I Indoor Track & Field). Altitude conversions, as well as other conversions, are based on a formula and will be done as results are submitted (to TFRRS).

General Term

Conversion Term

Track Length

Track Verticality

Undersized

Undersized

Less than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat or Banked

Flat^

Flat

200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

Banked

Banked/Oversized

200 Meters/220 Yards

Banked

Oversized

Banked/Oversized

Greater than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

^ 2014 championship on a flat track. All marks submitted for impacted events on non-flat tracks will be converted to a flat-track equivalent.

*Download NCAA conversion calculator (.exe)

Qualifying Criteria: Qualifying performances are only eligible if achieved in meets that adhere to the qualifying criteria for NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field. Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Further Information: For further information on qualifying for championships and championship procedure, see the 2014 Division II Indoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual.

 

2014 Division III Indoor Track & Field

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is December 1st. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is March 8th, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern. There are “last chance” meets allowed in Division III Indoor Track & Field. Declaration forms open at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on March 9th, and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to avoid payment of a late feel. The final deadline for declaring a student athlete is 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with all undeclared student-athletes being scratched from competition.

Standards: There are no qualifying standards for the championships season. There will be a track indexing standard to delineate the different indexing among flat, undersized, banked and oversized (log in as a member to ncaa.org, Championships, Division III Indoor Track & Field). Altitude conversions, as well as other conversions, are based on a formula and will be done as results are submitted (to TFRRS).

General Term

Conversion Term

Track Length

Track Verticality

Undersized

Undersized

Less than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat or Banked

Flat

Flat

200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

Banked^

Banked/Oversized

200 Meters/220 Yards

Banked

Oversized

Banked/Oversized

Greater than 200 Meters/220 Yards

Flat

^ 2014 championship on a banked track. All marks submitted for impacted events on non-banked or non-oversized tracks will be converted to a banked-track equivalent.

*Download NCAA conversion calculator (.exe)

Qualifying Criteria: A complete listing of indoor track and field qualifying criteria is on NCAA.org. Qualification to the championships is based on the descending-order list for the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations/criteria published on NCAA.org. For each men’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 15 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each woman’s individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 17 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties. Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Ties: Any descending-order list ties, by mark, for the last position to be accepted will be resolved by examining, of those tied, the second-best valid qualifying meet performance submitted during the season and so on until there is no basis for a mark comparison. For a tie not resolved after all available mark comparisons, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the original tying mark later in the season. For a tie still not resolved, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the second-best valid qualifying meet performance later in the season and so on until there is no basis for date comparison. As a last resort, the tie for the last qualifying position will be decided by the toss of a coin. After acceptance, compliance with Rule 4-2-2a., Failure to Participate, is required. Any descending-order list ties for combined event student-athletes will be broken by using Rule 9-2.9.

Further Information: For further information on qualifying for championships and championship procedure, see the 2014 Division III Indoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual.

 

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

2014 Outdoor Track & Field — NCAA Division I Qualifying Information

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is March 1st. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is May 18th, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Permissible Event Conversions: The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors will be used to convert times for the non-championship events listed below to determine what the corresponding times would be for the respective championship events. The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors).

  • Mile to 1500 Meters
  • 4×110 Yard Relay to 4×100 Meter Relay
  • Mile Relay to 4×400 Meter Relay

Altitude adjustments are available for all running events. Information regarding altitude adjustments can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Altitude Adjustments).

Selection Criteria: Qualification to the Preliminary Championships. Competition of the championships is based on the descending-order list for the season, segregated by east and west sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations. For each individual event contested at each of the Preliminary Championships Competition sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at each of the Preliminary Championships Competition sites, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties (For information regarding ties, reference the 2014 Outdoor Technical Manual). Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Schedule of Events: The Schedule of Events for the Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Track & Field Championships can be found at the following links: East Preliminary and West Preliminary.

Further Information: See the 2014 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual, the 2014 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Technical Manual and the Division I Outdoor Track & Field page at the NCAA’s website.

NCAA Liason:
Jeff Mlynski
Assistant Director, Championships and Alliances
P.O. Box 6222 / Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
(317) 917-6503
jmlynski@ncaa.org

 

2014 Outdoor Track & Field — NCAA Division II Qualifying Information

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is February 20th. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is May 11th, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Qualifying Standards: The qualifying standards for performances in men’s and women’s Division II Track & Field competitions can be found at the following link: 2014 Division II Outdoor Track & Field Qualifying Standards

Permissible Event Conversions: The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors will be used to convert times for the non-championship events listed below to determine what the corresponding times would be for the respective championship events. The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors).

  • Mile to 1500 Meters
  • 4×110 Yard Relay to 4×100 Meter Relay
  • Mile Relay to 4×400 Meter Relay

Altitude adjustments are available for all running events. Information regarding altitude adjustments can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Altitude Adjustments).

Performance Challenge Guidelines: Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Schedule of Events: The Schedule of Events for the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Track & Field Championships can be found at the following link: Championship Schedule of Events

Further Information: See the 2014 Division II Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual and the Division II Outdoor Track & Field page at the NCAA’s website.

NCAA Liason:
TBA

 

2014 Outdoor Track & Field — NCAA Division III Qualifying Information

Qualifying Period: The first date a qualifying performance may be achieved is March 1st. The last date a qualifying performance may be achieved is May 16th, and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Final Qualifying Meets: Institutions wanting to host an outdoor meet, other than a conference meet, in the final week of the qualifying window (Monday through Friday) prior to the national championships, must petition the NCAA for sanctioning before February 1, 2014. Individual institutions may apply to host only one meet during this period. The gender of the meet must be specified. The application to host a final qualifying meet can be found at the following link: Final Qualifying Meet Application. The NCAA has produced a list of approved final qualifying meets to date.

Permissible Event Conversions: The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors will be used to convert times for the non-championship events listed below to determine what the corresponding times would be for the respective championship events. The Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Standardized Track Event Conversion Factors).

  • Mile to 1500 Meters
  • 4×110 Yard Relay to 4×100 Meter Relay
  • Mile Relay to 4×400 Meter Relay

Altitude adjustments are available for all running events. Information regarding altitude adjustments can be found online at www.NCAA.org (Altitude Adjustments).

Performance Challenge Guidelines: Coaches and student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to monitor effective meet management and officiating by following the protest process outlined in Rule 4-3.7a in the NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field Rules Book. Challenges of qualifying marks made after the completion of a meet must be made according to the Performance Challenge Guidelines.

Further Information: See the 2014 Division III Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championships Manual and the Division III Outdoor Track & Field page at the NCAA’s website.

NCAA Liason:
Tyrone Lockhart
Assistant Director, Championships and Alliances
P.O. Box 6222 / Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
(317) 917-6474
tlockhart@ncaa.org