SDSU Cross Country Heads to NCAA West Regional
Nov. 11, 2015
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State cross country team travels to Seattle to compete in the NCAA West Regional on Friday. The women's 6,000-meter race kicks off at noon PT on the Jefferson Park Golf Course, which consists of multiple 2K loops on flat fairways crossing some cart paths.
The top-two teams in the NCAA West Regional and the top-four individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 21 at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The west regional is one of nine regionals that will be competing on Friday as 18 teams and 36 individuals will automatically advance. Another 13 teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA subcommittee on Saturday for the additional at-large selections.
The Aztecs are one of 38 teams that have entered Friday's meet. Five of the 38 teams are nationally ranked, including No. 4 Oregon, No. 9 Boise State, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Washington and No. 30 Gonzaga.
At last year's NCAA West Regional meet, SDSU finished 27th out of 34 at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Grace Hanshaw was the Aztecs' top placer, taking 120nd out of 232 runners with a time of 22 minutes, 25.6 seconds. Other current San Diego State athletes included Elaine Ribeiro (150th, 22:48.9), Cassidy Towner (158th, 22:56.4) and Rachel Roesgen (179th, 23:16.9).
The Aztecs are coming off a ninth-place showing at the Mountain West Championships on Oct. 30 in Reno, Nev. Towner led SDSU in 35th (24:58.97), followed by Hanshaw (42nd, 25:08.80), Lily Seynaeve (67th, 26:32.95), Cali King (70th, 26:41.22), Roesgen (72nd, 26:48.97) and Hannah Sawatzki (78th, 27:20.91). Ribeiro, SDSU's top runner this season, was unable to finish the race due to complications from a fainting spell.
Scheduled to run at this Friday's championship meet include Hanshaw, King, Ribeiro, Roesgen, Sawatzki, Seynaeve and Towner.
Results will first be posted here: http://www.rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc15/ and later on GoAztecs.com.