NCAA Cross Country Championships Central (Live Results, Live Streaming)
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Four Big Ten women's teams and three men's squads earned automatic or at-large berths to the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, to be held next Saturday, Nov 19, in Terre Haute, Ind. Seven individuals from conference institutions will also compete for national titles, according to an announcement by the NCAA on Saturday afternoon.
On the women's side, Michigan and Penn State earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, while Michigan State and Wisconsin were at-large selections. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship last weekend and earned the team title at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday. Penn State claimed the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Wisconsin finished third at the Great Lakes Regional title, while Michigan State finished fourth in the same race on Friday.
Michigan will make its conference-best 28th appearance in the NCAA Championships, and 15th straight. Penn State secured its 20th appearance in the event, and seventh in the past eight seasons. The Spartans will appear in the NCAA Championships for the 18th time, including their 16th consecutive trip, dating back to 2001. Wisconsin returns to the NCAA Championships for the 27th time and the first since 2014.
Individual qualifiers from Big Ten institutions include Indiana's Katherine Receveur, Minnesota's Madeline Strandemo, Northwestern's Aubrey Roberts and Purdue's Emma Benner. Receveur and Benner were named first-team All-Big Ten following the Big Ten Championships, while Strandemo and Roberts were second-team All-Big Ten honorees. Benner earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
On the men's side, Michigan State and Wisconsin claimed automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, while Illinois was an at-large team selection. The Badgers won the Big Ten Championship and also earned the team title at Friday's Great Lakes Regional Championships. Michigan State finished second at the Great Lakes Regional, while Illinois placed third at the Midwest Regional Championship.
Wisconsin will make its conference-best 55th NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2014. The Spartans collected their 43rd NCAA Championships berth and fifth straight. Illinois returns to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1986 and the 15th time in program history.
Men's individual competitors from Big Ten institutions include Indiana's Jason Crist and Matthew Schwartzer and Purdue's Jaret Carpenter. Crist and Schwartzer claimed first-team All-Big Ten honors while Carpenter finished seventh at the Great Lakes Regional.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regional championships, 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.
Indiana State will host the championships next Saturday, Nov. 19 on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sport Center. The women's race will begin at 11 a.m. ET, followed by the men's race at approximately noon. A live webcast of the NCAA Championships will be broadcast on NCAA.com from 11 a.m. until the conclusion of the post-race awards ceremonies.