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    FIGHTING IRISH Senior Patrick Smyth will look to earn his third cross country All-America honor next week.
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    Senior Patrick Smyth will look to earn his third cross country All-America honor next week.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Nov. 17, 2008

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -

    The Notre Dame men's and women's cross country teams each received at-large bids to the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships, announced today by the NCAA.

    This will be the fifth consecutive trip to the national championships for the Irish men.

    Both teams are coming off fourth-place finishes at the Great Lakes Regional meet last weekend.

    Senior Patrick Smyth won his second consecutive men's individual title with a time of 31:06.

    Junior Lindsey Ferguson led the Irish women, finishing 10th in 21:29.

    The NCAA Championships will be held Nov. 24 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. (EST) followed by the men's race at 12:48 p.m. Both championship races will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports Network and streamed online at NCAA.com.

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    2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships Field
    Men's Automatic Qualifying Teams
    Arkansas - South Central Region
    Auburn - South Region
    Colorado - Mountain Region
    Georgetown - Mid-Atlantic Region
    Iona - Northeast Region
    Michigan - Great Lakes Region
    Minnesota - Midwest Region
    Northern Arizona - Mountain Region
    Oklahoma State - Midwest Region
    Oregon - West Region
    Penn State - Mid-Atlantic Region
    Providence - Northeast Region
    Stanford - West Region
    Texas A&M - South Central Region
    Virginia - Southeast Region
    Wisconsin - Great Lakes Region
    William and Mary - Southeast Region
    
    Men's At-Large Teams
    Brigham Young Butler Cal Poly California Florida State Iowa State North Carolina State Notre Dame Portland Tulsa UCLA Villanova Washington

    Women's Automatic Qualifying Teams
    Arkansas - South Central Region Florida - South Region Florida State - South Region Illinois - Midwest Region Kentucky - Southeast Region Michigan - Great Lakes Region Minnesota - Midwest Region New Mexico - Mountain Region Oregon - West Region Princeton - Mid-Atlantic Region Providence - Northeast Region Rice - South Central Region Syracuse - Northeast Region Texas Tech - Mountain Region Virginia - Southeast Region Washington - West Region West Virginia - Mid-Atlantic Region Wisconsin - Great Lakes Region

    Women's At-Large Teams
    Arizona State Baylor Boston College Georgetown Iowa Michigan State Nebraska Northern Arizona Notre Dame SMU Stanford Stony Brook Villanova


     

     

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