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A clear indicator of just how many British and Irish athletes are descending on American shores these days is that for perhaps the first year ever, we will be represented in all nine of the regional cross country regional meets taking place this Friday. Championship season started two weekends ago with the various conference meets and now we head into the final qualifier for the big dance. From 9 regional meets 31 teams and 40 individual qualifiers will advance, giving a total of 255 male and female athletes ready to battle it out in Louisville on November 21st..

Whilst qualifying should be a necessary formality for the major players, it must be taken seriously. No one gets special treatment and failure to perform at regionals will signal an early end to the cross country season. For the vast majority of mens’ teams, it will be the first race of the season held over the longer distance of 10k, as most regular season meets are only 8k in distance.

To summarize the qualifying system (Men’s and Women’s are the same):

  • Men race over 10km, women race 6km
  • The top two teams at each of the nine regions automatically qualify
  • The 13 remaining ‘at large’  qualifying teams are selected based on performances during the season against the 18 teams to have qualified automatically
  • The top 4 athletes at each region not part of a qualifying team will advance
  • Qualifying teams are allowed to run 7 athletes in the NCAA meet

In terms of where the British and Irish athletes are competing, we have listed the Flotrack predictions in terms of the teams currently looking set to qualify. We will follow regionals with a full summary of how the Brits and Irish get on and who has qualified. The eight day recovery and build up to NCAAs will then commence.

While we may not have a stand-out star this year we do have a few excellent prospects. Marc Scott and Sarah Collins dominated at their respective conferences, while the New Mexico will be looking to bring the team home, any one of them could make an individual break for it.

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