SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Seven Summit League cross country teams will represent the league at a pair of NCAA Regional Championships Friday, Nov. 15, with a berth to the NCAA Championships on the line.
The Summit League will be represented at the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis., and the Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla. The Great Lakes races start at 11:30 a.m. ET for the women and 12:30 p.m. ET for the men. The Midwest races will start at 10:30 a.m. CT for the women and 11:30 a.m. CT for the men, respectively.
There is a total of 31 teams that qualify for the NCAA Championships set for Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. In order to receive an automatic bid to the championships, a team needs to finish in the top two, leaving 13 at-large bids left. The selection process for the at-large bids looks at each team's performance throughout the season in addition to its finish at the NCAA Regional.
There are 38 additional runners per gender that can qualify individually for the NCAA Championships. To qualify the runner needs to be one of the top four finishers at each regional not on a qualifying team.
Five Things to Know for NCAA Regional Championships
- Purdue Fort Wayne men's and women's teams are the only Summit League teams competing in the Great Lakes Regional.
- Heading into the regionals on the men's side, South Dakota State ranks eighth in the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional rankings. For the women, North Dakota State sits 13th in the Midwest, while South Dakota comes in at 15th.
- South Dakota State's Chase Cayo and Joseph Minor-Williams are the top Jackrabbit returners from last season's regionals as Cayo finished 53rd (32:10.5), while Minor-Williams placed 57th (32:11.6). The Jackrabbits look to qualify their third NCAA Championship runner in the past five years.
- South Dakota State's Joseph Minor-Williams holds the league's fastest 8K time (24:32.8) which he clocked at the Under Armour Pre-National Invite. Minor-Williams also holds the second-best 8K time (24:43.6), while teammate Micah Mather, a 2019 first-team All-Summit League recipient, holds the third (24:46.5) and fourth-fastest (24:49.5) times.
- The 2019 Championship Female MVP Kelby Anderson of North Dakota State ran the 10th-fastest 6K time in Summit League history at the Summit League Cross Country Championships with a finish of 20:35.1. Anderson also holds the fifth-fastest 6K time (21:03.7), while the October Co-Female Athlete of the Month in South Dakota's Abby Ripperda holds the second (20:49.9) and eighth-fastest (21:24.7) 6K times of the season.