BIRMINGHAM, Ala.----- Six Southeastern Conference cross country teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships, according to an announcement Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee.
The Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss men's and women's teams will compete in the NCAA Championships Nov. 20 at Tallahassee, Fla. In addition, six SEC female runners and two male runners not on advancing teams earned bids to compete in the championships.
The Arkansas and Ole Miss men's and women's teams and the Alabama men's team earned automatic bids by placing in the top-two of their respective NCAA Regionals on Friday. The Alabama women's squad earned an at-large bid.
The eight SEC student-athletes who will compete individuals are: Parker Valby (Florida), Sydney Seymour (Tennessee), Joyce Kimeli (Auburn), Katy-Ann McDonald (LSU), Tori Herman (Kentucky) and Perri Bockrath (Kentucky) in the women's championship, and Sam Bowers (Georgia) and Karl Thiessen (Tennessee) in the men's championship.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified at their respective NCAA regional championship competitions. Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.
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.
The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will take place Saturday at Apalachee Regional Park. The women's race will begin at 9:20 a.m. CT, followed by the men's race at 10:10 a.m. The races will be televised live on ESPNU.
SEC Teams In The NCAA Cross Country Championships
Ole Miss Men
Ole Miss Women
SEC Men's Individual Qualifiers (not on advancing teams)
Sam Bowers, Georgia
Karl Thiessen, Tennessee
SEC Women's Individual Qualifiers (not on advancing teams)
Parker Valby, Florida
Sydney Seymour, Tennessee
Joyce Kimeli, Auburn
Katy-Ann McDonald, LSU
Tori Herman, Kentucky
Perri Bockrath, Kentucky