Big 12 men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at NCAA Regionals Friday, Nov. 11, with the chance to run in the 2016 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on the line.
In the latest USTFCCCA poll, No. 9 Oklahoma State leads the league on the men’s side after winning its ninth-consecutive Big 12 Championship title. The Cowboys are trailed by No. 13 Iowa State, as well Texas, who is receiving votes.
No. 12 Iowa State is the Big 12’s top-ranked women’s squad fresh off its fifth Big 12 crown in the last six years. Oklahoma State is close behind at No. 17, followed by No. 25 Baylor, No. 27 West Virginia and Oklahoma who is currently recieving votes.
The Midwest Regional will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, and will feature both the men’s and women’s teams from five Big 12 programs: Iowa State, Kansas, K-State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The women’s 6k race will begin at 11 a.m. CT, with the men’s 10k race to follow at noon CT. OSU’s men sit at No. 1 in the Midwest Region followed by ISU. The Cyclones lead the region on the women’s side while the Cowgirls are ranked second.
Baylor, TCU and Texas all travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the South Central Regional. The Texas men enter Friday’s meet ranked second in the region, behind host school Arkansas and just ahead of Texas A&M at No. 3. The women’s race will kick off the day at 11 a.m. CT, followed by the men’s event at noon CT.
Texas Tech heads west to Logan, Utah for the Mountain Regional (noon CT start for the women’s 6K and 1:00 p.m. CT start for the men’s 10K) and the West Virginia women will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Princeton, New Jersey. The WVU women will race at noon ET.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, and will be hosted by Indiana State University. The top two teams from each regional earn automatic bids to the event, and the top four runners not associated with qualifying teams will advance as individuals. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process.