ROSEMONT, Ill. – The NCAA on Saturday announced the team and individual qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, to be held next Saturday, Nov. 18, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Six Big Ten women’s teams and two men’s squads earned automatic or at-large berths to the championships. Eleven individuals from conference institutions will also compete for national titles.
On the women’s side, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, while Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin were at-large selections. For the second year in a row, the Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship and earned the team title at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday. Penn State claimed the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Minnesota finished third at the Midwest Regional. Michigan State finished second at the Great Lakes Regional, Wisconsin finished third and Indiana finished fifth overall in the same race on Saturday.
Michigan will make its conference-best 29th appearance in the NCAA Championships, and 16th straight. Penn State secured its 21st appearance in the event, and eighth in the past nine seasons. The Spartans will appear in the NCAA Championships for the 19th time, including their 17th consecutive trip, dating back to 2001. Wisconsin returns to the NCAA Championships for the 28th time, and the Badgers’ second appearance in as many years.
Individual qualifiers from Big Ten institutions include Indiana’s Katherine Receveur, Northwestern’s Aubrey Roberts, Maryland’s Alexandra Lucki, Ohio State’s Christine Fedrick and Purdue’s Emma Benner. Receveur was named first-team All-Big Ten following a first place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Frederick, Lucki and Benner were second-team All-Big Ten honorees.
On the men’s side, Michigan and Michigan State claimed automatic berths to the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship and earned second place at Saturday’s Great Lakes Regional Championships, while Michigan State earned the Great Lakes Regional team title.
Michigan will return to the NCAA Championships after taking a one-season hiatus. The Spartans collected their 44th NCAA Championships berth and sixth straight.
Men’s individual competitors from Big Ten institutions include Indiana’s Ben Veatch, Illinois’ Jonathan David, Penn State’s Colin Abert and Timothy McGowan, and Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare and Joe Hardy. Hoare, Hardy and Veatch claimed first-team All-Big Ten honors, while Davis and Abert earned second-team plaudits.
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 regions.
University of Louisville will host the championships, Saturday, November 18, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park located in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race will begin at 10:45 a.m. ET, followed by the men’s race at 11:45 a.m. Coverage of the championships will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the awards ceremony, and can be accessed at www.FloTrack.com.