CWRU Cross Country to Compete at 2019 NCAA Championships in Louisville

Logan Singer & Madeline Lindemann make a final push for the finish line at the 2019 Great Lakes Regional Championships

The Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team, ranked 22nd in Division III, will travel to E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 23rd.  In addition, CWRU senior Madeline Lindemann will be representing the women's team as an individual selection to the meet.

The men's 8K race is scheduled for a 10:45 a.m. start, to be followed by the women's 6K race at 11:45 a.m.  Fans can follow the action with live video at https://www.flotrack.org/signup?redirect=%2Flive%2F8870 and live results at https://results.leonetiming.com/xc.html?mid=1885.  The live video requires a $12.95 monthly subscription to FloTrack Pro to view.

The CWRU men's cross country team received one of the 16 at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Championships after placing fourth at last weekend's Great Lakes Regionals.  This will be the 12th NCAA appearance in program history, and the first time that the team has qualified in back-to-back years since a stretch of five-straight appearances in the Division III national meet from 1973-77 (prior to 1973, there was no Division III Championship meet, but instead a 'college division' championship which included non-Division III programs).  Last year, the Spartans placed 21st overall, the team's highest national finish since placing 20th in 2003.  CWRU's highest finish ever was a seventh-place showing as a team in 1986.

The best-ever individual finish at the NCAA Championships by a Spartan was a third-place finish by Peter Kummant in 1975.

Scheduled to compete for the CWRU men are senior David Hall, juniors Trey Razanauskas and Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, sophomores Logan Singer and Alex Loeper, and first-years Robert St. Clair and Jack Begley.  Senior Tim Andrews will serve as the Spartans' alternate for the meet.

Razanauskas (4th), St. Clair (14th) and Pinal-Alfaro (17th) are each coming off all-region performances at last weekend's Great Lakes Championships.  This will be the second appearance at the NCAA meet for both Razanauskas and Hall, who were the top two finishers for the Spartans at last year's meet, placing 64th and 87th, respectively.

Lindemann earned one of the 56 individual selections to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year, after placing seventh at last week's NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.  Lindemann finished 98th overall at last year's NCAA Division III Championships.

The highest-ever finish in the women's race by a Spartan was Justine Jeroski's 11th-place finish in 2010, which was also the last time that a CWRU woman has claimed All-America honors at the meet.

A total of 32 men's and 32 women's teams will be competing at the meet, along with 56 individual qualifiers for each gender, totaling fields of 280 runners each.  The top-40 finishers in each race will earn All-America honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

This is the second time that E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville has served as the host of the NCAA Division III Championships.  The facility previously hosted the event in 2016, when former Spartan Sam Merriman placed 21st overall in the men's race to claim All-America honors.

A full recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet and results will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.