November 8, 2023
By 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, we should have a good idea of who will be the schools competing at the 2023 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia on Nov. 18. This weekend, nine regional championships will be held on Friday, Nov. 10. Women will race a 6K and men will race a 10K.
CITIUS MAG's cross-country guru Isaac Wood joins the show to preview all of the action and share his predictions on which teams will make it to The Big Dance.
How do teams qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships?
– The top two teams in each regional secure automatic bids for the NCAA Championships. That makes 18 men’s and women’s teams will know by the final results.
– The top four individual finishers who do not attend a school that advances to the NCAA Championships via an auto-bid or an at-large big, will get to compete individually. They have to finish within the top 25 of their respective region.
– If a team finishes outside of the top three, 13 at-large teams are determined by the NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee via the Kolas Calculator, which takes into account “points” via wins from the regular season over the teams that auto-qualified.
– You may read or hear about references to a “push.” That means, a team that finishes in a good position at the NCAA Regional Championships but doesn’t have enough points for an at-large bid, can get in if the team that finishes behind them has enough points to be the next at-large team to qualify.
Host: Chris Chavez | @chris_j_chavez
Guest: Isaac Wood | @isaacew
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Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.