MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No. 24 West Virginia University cross country team received an at-large bid for the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Terra Haute, Ind.
This is coach Sean Cleary's sixth appearance in the NCAA Championships in his seven seasons as head coach. The Mountaineers received two bids to the NCAA Championships prior to Cleary taking over as head coach, while he served as an assistant.
“We are so excited to be chosen to represent the state of West Virginia and West Virginia University at the NCAA finals,” Cleary says. “This meet features the best collegiate cross country runners in the world, and we are grateful to be a part of it.”
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified in 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 region.
WVU finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region last weekend in Bethlehem, Pa. Five teams from the Mid-Atlantic earned bids to the championship next weekend. Villanova and No. 4 Georgetown received the automatic bid, while No. 22 Princeton, No. 30 Penn State and No. 24 West Virginia all received at-large bids.
West Virginia was one of two teams to qualify from the Big 12 Conference. No. 8 Iowa State, the 2013 Big 12 champions, received an automatic bid after winning the Midwest region.
Indiana State will host the championships on Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The women’s race beings at approximately 1:15 p.m.