The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will have their eyes set on qualifying for the NCAA Championships this weekend, when the Spartans travel to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, November 16th. The men's 8K race will start the day at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women's 6K race at 12:15 p.m.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday with live results at https://live.michianatiming.com/. More information on the meet is available at https://calvinknights.com/sports/mxc/2019-20/2019_Great_Lakes_Regional.
Performance at the NCAA regional meet is key to earning a spot in the NCAA Championships. The top two men's and women's teams on Saturday will each earn automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, November 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky. An additional 16 teams from across the eight Division III regions will be selected as 'at-large' teams to the field for the NCAA Championship, with the NCAA regional finish serving as the primary criteria. The NCAA Championship field will be filled out with 56 individuals, with the top-seven finishers in each region not part of a qualifying team also earning a chance to compete at NCAA's.
The championship fields will be posted to ncaa.com no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 17th.
In addition, the top-35 finishers in both the men's and the women's race will earn all-region selection.
The CWRU men will be looking for their second-straight NCAA Championship bid, after placing fourth at last year's regional meet and earning an at-large berth. This year's squad will enter the meet ranked 20th in Division III and fourth in the Great Lakes Region.
Currently scheduled to compete at this year's meet for the Spartan men are senior David Hall, juniors Trey Razanauskas and Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, sophomores Spencer Weigand and Logan Singer, and first-years Jack Begley and Robert St. Clair. Both Razanauskas (13th-place) and Hall (16th-place) earned all-region recognition last year, while Weigand placed 41st overall at the 2018 meet.
Case Western Reserve's women placed eighth at last year's meet, and will enter the 2019 competition ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region.
Competing for the CWRU women this year are senior Madeline Lindemann, juniors Kiera Olson and Grace Kemerer, sophomores Jana Fisher, Susanna Henry, and first-years Melissa Phung and Danielle Sarno. Lindemann will be looking for all-region honors for the second-straight season after placing 10th overall last year, while Olson finished 43rd in the 2018 race.
Results and a full recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.