INDIANAPOLIS, Sporting Alert — The respective fields for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships are now confirmed, following the announcement from the national office over the weekend.
The NCAA DI Track and Field and Cross Country Committee released the teams and individual qualifiers for the 2015 Championships which will take place at Tom Sawyer State Park located in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, Nov. 21.
On the men’s side, defending national champions and No. 1 Colorado leads a field of 31 teams that will go head-to-head in the battle for the crown.
Among the top teams looking to upset Colorado are, Syracuse, a fast and improving Stanford, BYU, which earned an At-Large bid, Michigan and Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys have been staying low-key for the most part this season, and could saving their best performances for the big event.
The likes of Oregon, Arkansas, Iona, NC State, UTEP and Virginia are also expected to be in the mix.
However, if Colorado runs to its true potential, if would be difficult to see anyone beating them on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on the women’s side, New Mexico remains the front-runner, with Michigan, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon joining them in the field.
Virginia, Oklahoma State, Stanford and North Carolina State have all earned places as well in this year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Besides the teams, a total of 38 individuals were also selected to participate in each championship.
The individual runners earned their places via an automatic qualifier route, as well as picking up At-large selections. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their respective regions.
Shaun Thompson of Duke and Maggie Montoya of Baylor are among the men’s and women’s individual qualifiers.
Below are the teams and individual qualifiers announced for the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships:
Men’s automatic qualifying teams
Arkansas, Colorado, Florida State, Georgetown, Iona, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, UTEP, Virginia, Washington
Men’s At-large teams
Boise State, Brigham Young, California, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Southern Utah, Tulsa, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Washington State
Women’s automatic qualifying teams
Arkansas, Boise State, Colorado, Georgetown, Iowa State, Michigan, Mississippi State, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Providence, Syracuse, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Women’s At-large teams
Brigham Young, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Princeton, San Francisco, Stanford, Tulsa, Utah, Villanova, Washington, Weber State
Men’s individual qualifiers
Erik Peterson, Butler
Nicholas Raymond, Eastern Michigan
John Mascari, Indiana State
Joseph Stewart, Miami (Ohio)
Michael Clevenger, Notre Dame
Matt McClintock, Purdue
Antibahs Kosgei, Alabama
Jimmy Clark, Florida
Eddie Garcia, Florida
Arse’ne Guillorel, Samford
Hassan Omar, UMBC
Patrick Tiernan Villanova
Robert Denault Villanova
Jordan Williamsz, Villanova
Isaac Lalang, Arkansas-Little Rock
Brian Barraza, Houston
Iliass Aouani, Lamar
Charles Mathenge, Stephen F. Austin
Dylan Lafond, Illinois
Evan Landes, Kansas
Trent Lusignan, South Dakota State
Joel Reichow, South Dakota State
Lawrence Kipkoech, Campbell
Shaun Thompson, Duke
Jacob Thomson, Kentucky
Stephen Mulherin, North Carolina
Kyle Eller, Air Force
Patrick Corona, Air Force
Jefferson Abbey, Colorado State
Jerrell Mock, Colorado State
Matthew Crichlow, Gonzaga
Alex Short, San Francisco
Bryan Guijarro, UC Santa Barbara
Anthony Ortolan, UC Santa Barbara
Tait Rutherford, Columbia
Ben Rainero, Cornell
Brian Eimstad, Cornell
Kevin Dooney, Yale
Women’s individual qualifiers
Shaelyn Sorensen, Wisconsin
Olivia Pratt, Butler
Hope Schmelzle, Purdue
Maria McDaniel, Western Michigan
Maggie Montoya, Baylor
Verity Ockenden, Lamar
Cali Roper, Rice
Karis Jochen, Texas A&M
Morgan Szekely, La Salle
Ashley Montgomery, Penn
Blanca Fernandez, Temple
Millie Paladino, West Virginia
Letitia Saayman, Coastal Carolina
Allie Buchalski, Furman
Ednah Kurgat, Liberty
Samantha Jones, Wake Forest
Regan Rome, William and Mary
Kristen Busch, Bradley
Alyssa Schneider, Illinois
Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State
Amber Eichkorn, South Dakota
Peyton Bilo, Cal Poly
Sarah Reiter, Eastern Washington
Danielle Shanahan, Loyola Marymount
Carolina Johnson, UCLA
Hannah Everson, Air Force
Darby Gilfillan, Colorado St.
Makena Morley, Montana
Melanie Townsend, Northern Arizona
Natalie Schudrowitz, Brown
Dana Giordano, Dartmouth
Courtney Smith, Harvard
Laura Rose Donegan, New Hampshire
Christina Melian, Stony Brook
Katelyn Greenleaf, Alabama
Brenda Kigen, Auburn
Hannah Wittman, Belmont
Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee