BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Five Southeastern Conference cross country teams and individuals from six other SEC programs will compete in the NCAA Championships Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Arkansas and Ole Miss men's and women's teams earned automatic bids by finishing in the top-two of their respective NCAA Regionals last week, while the Alabama men's team earned an at-large bid by placing third in its regional.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in the men's and women's championships.
Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their regions. Runners from the SEC who will compete as individuals include Joyce Kimeli (Auburn), Jessica Pascoe (Florida), Jessica Drop (Georgia), Samantha Drop (Georgia), Stephen Jones (Mississippi State), Thomas George (Missouri) and Eric Casarez (Texas A&M).
An SEC men's team has won the NCAA Championship eight times, most recently Arkansas in 2000. The SEC has one NCAA women's team title: Kentucky in 1988.
The women's race will begin at 10:15 a.m. CT on Saturday, followed by the men's race at 11:15 a.m.
SEC in the NCAA Cross Country Championships
Ole Miss Men
Ole Miss Women
Joyce Kimeli, Auburn
Jessica Pascoe, Florida
Jessica Drop, Georgia
Samantha Drop, Georgia
Stephen Jones, Mississippi State
Thomas George, Missouri
Eric Casarez, Texas A&M