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.
2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships Field
Men's Automatic Qualifying TeamsArkansas - 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