BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Nov. 19, 2021)-----Six Southeastern Conference cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.
The women's 6k race is slated for a 9:20 a.m. CT start, while the men's 10k will begin at 10:10 a.m.
Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss will compete in the men's and women's races. A total of 31 teams will compete in the championship races for each gender.
Eight SEC runners qualified individually to the NCAA Championships: Parker Valby (Florida), Sydney Seymour (Tennessee), Joyce Kimeli (Auburn), Katy-Ann McDonald (LSU), Tori Herman (Kentucky) and Perri Bockrath (Kentucky) in the women's race, and Sam Bowers (Georgia) and Karl Thiessen (Tennessee) in the men's race.
The SEC has won eight NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships with Arkansas claiming seven and Tennessee winning one. The last SEC NCAA Championship came in 2000, with Arkansas winning its third consecutive crown.
The SEC has won two NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships with Kentucky winning in 1988 and Arkansas in 2019.
Alabama's Mercy Chelangat is the defending NCAA Women's Cross Country Champion. She is the second SEC runner to win the women's title after Missouri's Karissa Schweizer won the SEC's first women's NCAA cross country title in 2016.
The SEC boasts two NCAA Cross Country men's individual titles as Godfrey Siamusiye of Arkansas won back-to-back national crowns in 1995 and 1996.
Both races Saturday will be televised live on ESPNU.