Five Big 12 teams earned automatic bids and one garnered an at-large to the NCAA Cross Country Championship after placing first or second in their respective regional race on Friday.
Iowa State claimed the Midwest Regional in both the men’s and women’s race, while the Texas men and women placed second in the South Central Regional. Oklahoma State’s women’s team also earned a trip to Madison, Wisconsin, with a second-place finish in the Midwest Regional.
Iowa State’s men’s team finished with 38 points anchored by the Big 12 men’s cross country individual champion Edwin Kurgat’s first-place 10K time of 30:41.6. The Cyclone women were paced by Big 12 women’s cross country individual champion Cailie Logue, who won the Midwest Regional race with a 20:13.5 time. The Cyclones collected 78 points for a first place finish.
OSU’s Isai Rodriguez earned second individually in the Midwest Regional race, 30:42.5, hoisting the Cowboys to a fourth-place finish with 124 points. Rodriguez’s finish granted him a spot in the national race.
Kansas (6th place, 199 points), Kansas State (17th place, 502 points) and Oklahoma (20th place, 568 points) finished the race within the top-20.
On the women’s side of the Midwest Regional, Oklahoma State (140 points) raced its way to a second-place finish, while KU grabbed seventh (229 points) as three Big 12 programs earned top-10 finishes. Kansas State (18th place, 487 points) and Oklahoma (25th, 626 points) placed in the top-25.
KU senior Sharon Lokedi placed second individually in the Midwest Regional (20.23.0), launching her into a spot at the national championship race. OU’s Haley Herberg paced the Sooners with her fifth-place finish, 20:26.7, to claim a spot at the national championship.
The Longhorn men closed out the South Central Regional race as the top Big 12 finisher. UT’s 76 points locked them in at a second place finish in the race, pushing them to nationals, while Baylor (20th place) and TCU (21st place) tallied 515 points and 630 points, respectively. Texas’ women’s cross country team paced the way for the Conference in the South Central Regional, as 99 points earned them a second-place spot. Baylor (248 points) and TCU (378 points) placed sixth and 16th, respectively.
Texas Tech men’s and women’s teams participated in the Mountain Regional (M: 17th place, 520 points; W: 19th place, 546 points), while West Virginia’s women’s team was the only Big 12 program to race in the Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Penn State. The Mountaineers scored 217 points to place 6th amongst a field of 30 teams.
The Big 12 Conference earned the second-most automatic bids to nationals. An at-large bid was granted to the OSU men after a fourth-place finish at regionals with 124 points.
The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on a Saturday, November 17, taking place at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. The women's 6K will start at 10:45 a.m. CT and the men's 10K will begin at 11:45 a.m. CT.