NCAA XC Update - Weekend of 1st October - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA XC Update – Weekend of 1st October


This week sees the NCAA XC season begin in earnest. There are four quality meets peppered across the country and between them they will host some of the big names for the first time this season. Oklahoma State are looking for the ‘three-peat’ of national titles while the New Mexico ladies will be looking to topple reigning champions Villanova.

Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree

The oldest annual collegiate cross country event in the US sees its 75th running this weekend. Number one ranked, and defending National Champions, Oklahoma State will be looking for a win on home soil to kick start their 2011 season. The Cowboys comfortably won the meet last year and are expected to do so again. Competition will likely come from an improving Indiana team, who are now up to 6th in the latest National rankings. 2010 D2 runners up Western State will also be looking to cause an upset in against their D1 counterparts. Oklahoma State and in state rivals Tulsa are the teams known to have British athletes.

On the women’s side Oklahoma State start as favourites and are the only ranked team in the field, sitting at 23 in the most recent poll. Tulsa is the only team with any known British or Irish representation.

A full race preview and list of teams competing can be found here

Notre Dame Invitational

No. 2 New Mexico, No. 7 Florida State, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 22 Princeton, No. 28 Penn State and No. 29 BYU all will do battle in the Women’s race. Joe Franklin’s New Mexico women’s team features a strong British contingent. Ruth Senior will look to lead the Lobos to a good finish, who are without Natalie Gray.

The men’s race will feature eight ranked teams with Brit Irish interest coming from FSU (Brendan O’Neill and David Forrestor) and the Lobos of New Mexico. Stanford remain favourites for the race which is renowned for producing a quick time for the 8k course. The meet schedule can be found here.

Paul Short Run

Hosted by Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, a whole host of ranked men’s teams will be going head to head including: #4Oklahoma, #5Iona, #12Princeton, #15 Syracuse, #18 Villanova, #19 Virginia, and #22 Georgetown. Iona and Providence should be represented by British athletes.

The women’s race is equally loaded with 3 of the top 5 teams locking horns. The field is headlined by #1 Georgetown, #3 Providence, and #5 Villanova. Other ranked teams looking to be in the mix include #9 Duke, #12 Syracuse and #16 Virginia

The amount of depth at this meet ensures that performing well here will be crucial for teams looking to gain valuable at large NCAA qualifying points. For more information see here.

Bill Dellinger Invitational

The Oregon Ducks home meet should be a straight up confrontation between hosts Oregon and Wisconsin. Both teams are winners of the Men’s NCAA Cross Country Championships in recent years and currently sit 8th and 2nd in the latest rankings. The Women’s race should be very much about Oregon, though as with the men Wisconsin will look to upset the show.

 An excellent in depth preview of the race can be found on the Oregon website

Whilst there is no British or Irish interest Eugene this weekend, the meet is none the less worth mentioning as the results will no doubt contribute towards the points system and qualification for the’ big dance’ in November

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