ELMHURST, Ill. – All seven Summit League teams will be represented across a pair of NCAA Regional Championships Friday, Nov. 10, with NCAA Championship berths on the line.
Races will feature Summit League squads competing at two separate regionals, the Great Lakes in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Midwest in Ames, Iowa. Great Lakes races start at 11:15 a.m. ET for the women and 12:15 p.m. for the men. The Midwest races begin at 10:45 a.m. CT for the women and 11:45 for the men.
The top two teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams (must have finished within the top 25 of the region) automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, set for Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large process following the regional competition.
Five Things To Know for NCAA Regional Championships
1) Fort Wayne (M/W) entries compete in the Great Lakes Regional. North Dakota State (M/W), Omaha (W) Oral Roberts (M), South Dakota (M/W) and South Dakota State (M/W) have entrants in the Midwest Regional.
2) Two men's teams, Summit League Champion South Dakota State (No. 10 in the Midwest) and runner-up North Dakota State (No. 13 in the Midwest), enter The Summit League Championships with USTFCCCA Regional Rankings. Summit League Champion South Dakota is No. 7 in the women's Midwest Region rankings.
3) South Dakota State's Chase Cayo and Kyle Burdick own the league's top two times and also finished 1-2 at The Summit League Championship. SDSU's Rachel King owns the league's top two women's times this season, including her winning performance at The Summit League Championship, while Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse has the next two spots on the list.
4) South Dakota State will look to qualify its fourth NCAA Championship participant in three years, including a No. 20 finish by Joel Reichow a season ago. The league set a record for individual qualifiers in 2011 when three men reached the NCAA Championship.
5) Erin Teschuk (North Dakota State) recorded the league's only NCAA Regional title in 2015. No current competing runner, male or female, has reached the NCAA Championships.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.