TUCSON – The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 1 women’s cross country teams will compete in the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, Calif. The meet will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The men’s 10K will be starting at 10:30 a.m. PST and the women’s 6,000-meter race is set to start at 11:45 a.m. The teams that finish in first or second place automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Arizona will compete against Oregon (M: No. 1 in the West region, W: 3), Washington (M: 5, W: 2), San Francisco (M: NR, W: 3), Stanford (M: 2, W: 5), Boise State (M: 6, W: 6), Arizona State (M: 4, W: 7) and many others.
In the latest USTFCCCA national poll, the Arizona women remained No. 1 the country. Five other Pac-12 schools join Arizona in the national poll. Colorado moved up six spots to No. 10 in the country. Washington is No. 13 and Oregon is No. 15. Stanford sits at the No. 18 spot and Arizona is No. 26.
On the men’s side, the Pac-12 has five schools in the national poll. Colorado remained No. 1 in the country. Oregon remained fourth in the country. Stanford climbed seven spots to No. 6. Arizona State is 28th and Washington is 30th. The Arizona men are No. 14 in the NCAA West Region.
On the women’s side, the Wildcats will run sophomore Kayla Beattie, junior Stephanie Bulder, sophomore Molly Callahan (alternate), junior Nicci Corbin, junior Hanna Peterson, senior Elvin Kibet, freshman Maria Larsson and senior Erin Menefee.
At the 2013 Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 2, the UA women continued their undefeated season by winning the first conference title in program history. The Wildcats won with 69 points while Colorado earned a runner-up finish with 75 points. Elvin Kibet (second place), Beattie (fifth place), Corbin (sixth place), Larsson (24th place) and Peterson (32nd place were the five scorers for the Wildcats. The UA women also earned a point in the annual Territorial Cup Series by finishing ahead of Arizona State. The men’s team took eighth place overall and were led by Collins Kibet (17th place) and Macaluso (24th place). They conceded a point to Arizona State on the men’s side.
The top two teams from each of the nine NCAA Regional Championships held on Friday automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. An additional 13 men’s and 13 women’s teams will be extended at-large bids on Saturday. Also, the top four individuals not on the top two regional teams will be guaranteed selection to the NCAA Championships, provided that they have finished in the Regional top 25. Two additional individuals will receive at-large bids on Saturday.
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