BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The cross country programs of the Southeastern Conference will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships Friday at various sites around the country.
Eighteen teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships by finishing as one of the top two teams at any of the nine regional races. The remaining 13 at-large teams for the final site are selected by the NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify for the championships races by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team.
Two additional individuals are selected at large by the committee. The NCAA Championships will be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt will compete in the South Region Championship in Tallahassee, Fla. The women's 6K race is schedule to start at 7:30 a.m. CT, while the men's 10K follows at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Arkansas will serve as host of the South Central Region Championship in Fayetteville. LSU and Texas A&M will join the Razorbacks for the women's race at 11 a.m. CT and the men's race at 12 p.m. CT.
Kentucky and South Carolina will compete in the Southeast Region Championship in Charlottesville, Va. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. CT, followed by the men's race at 10:30 a.m. CT.
Missouri will run in the Midwest Region Championship in Stillwater, Okla., with the women's race slated for a 10:30 a.m. CT start time, followed by the men's race at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Ole Miss is the highest ranked men's team at No. 11, while Alabama is ranked 28th. Arkansas remains the nation's No. 1-ranked women's team, while Ole Miss is No. 27.