Cross Country

Irish Men, Women Receive At-Large Berth to NCAA Championships

Nov. 17, 2008


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


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



Event Calendar


October 28
ACC Championships
Cary, NC (Wakemed Soccer Park)
November 11
NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Madison, WI (Zimmer Championship Course)
November 19
11:00 AM
NCAA Championships
Terre Haute, Ind. (Lavern Gibson CC Course)

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