Nov. 17, 1997
Notre Dame Men's Cross Country Qualifies For Sixth Straight NCAA Bid
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Notre Dame's ninth-ranked men's
cross earned one of just four at-large selections to the
22-team NCAA men's cross country championship to be held Nov.
24 at Furman University. The BIG EAST Conference champion
Irish earned their sixth straight spot in the national meet
after a fourth-place finish at the Great Lakes regional meet on
Sat., Nov. 15, at Indiana.
Each of the nine regions top-two finishers received automatic
bids into the field with four other at-large selections awarded
based on head-to-head competition with automatic qualifiers
from the other regions to make up the 22-team field. Notre
Dame posted wins over regional automatic qualifiers Providence,
Iona and Texas-San Antonio to earn its at-large spot.
Since 1987, Notre Dame has posted seven top 10 finishes,
including five since 1990. The Irish finished ninth a year
ago. All-American Jason Rexing and junior Antonio Arce will
lead Notre Dame in its bid for yet another top 10 finish.