TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The chase for qualifying spots in the NCAA Cross Country Championships field begins Friday at Apalachee Regional Park, where representatives from 36 women’s and 31 men’s teams will toe the starting line at the NCAA South Region Championships. Florida State, the host for the third time in the last five years, is among those teams contending.
The top two teams for each gender, and the top four individuals not on those teams, automatically qualify for the Nov. 19 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Mississippi enters the meet as the favorite in both races by virtue of its top ranking in the most recent USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Cross Country Rankings. The Rebel women, ranked No. 14 nationally, are vying for their first trip to the NCAA Championships. The men, ranked No. 11 nationally, are hunting their third consecutive NCAA berth. The Rebels qualified for the first time when they won the 2014 title in Tallahassee.
In order, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Lipscomb round out the top five in the most recent women’s South Region rankings.
On the men’s side, Middle Tennessee, host Florida State, Georgia and Alabama make up the top five. Following a strong runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championships, the Middle Tennessee men are the only other nationally-ranked team in the field, checking in at No. 26.
The 6,000-meter women’s championship race is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (ET), with the men’s 10,000-meter championship set for a 9:30 a.m. start. There are no admission or parking fees.
This marks the third time in five years that the South Region Championships have been contested at Apalachee Regional Park, which is located at 7550 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Fla.
Live results with splits timing and scoring will be available at: http://live.pttiming.com/xc-ptt.html?DB_OEM_ID=32900&mid=104
Host Florida State will provide a Facebook Live feed of both races at: https://www.facebook.com/FSUSeminolesCrossCountry/.
NCAA SOUTH REGION WOMEN’S FIELD
Alabama State, Alabama, Belmont, Chattanooga, ETSU, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Southern ,Georgia State , Georgia Tech, Georgia, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Memphis, Mercer, Miami, Mississippi State, Mississippi, North Florida, Samford, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee, UAB, UCF, Vanderbilt
Incomplete Teams (4 schools/11 athletes)
Auburn , Florida Gulf Coast, Middle Tennessee , Stetson
NCAA SOUTH REGION MEN’S FIELD
Alabama, Belmont, Chattanooga, East Tennessee, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Lipscomb, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Mississippi, North Florida, Samford, South Alabama, South Florida, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee, Troy, Vanderbilt
Incomplete Teams (7 schools/14 athletes)
Auburn, Austin Peay, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Stetson