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    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.

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