Gophers Secure NCAA At-Large Bid
Nov. 11, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 13 Golden Gopher women's cross country team has received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship, the NCAA announced Saturday. Minnesota is one of 13 at-large teams selected to compete at the national meet.

The Gophers return to the national championship after a one-year absence from the NCAA meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.18, at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., hosted by the University of Louisville. The women’s 6K race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. CT, followed by the men's 10K race at approximately 10:45 a.m. CT.

FloTrack will provide live coverage of the championship as part of a partnership with the NCAA and NCAA Digital — managed by Turner Sports. The partnership includes exclusive live and on-demand coverage of both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I, II and III Championships.

Minnesota finished third at the Midwest Regional on Friday. Megan Hasz, Madeline Strandemo, and Bethany Hasz led the Gophers in fifth, sixth, and seventh place, respectively, to earn all-region honors. Abby Kohut-Jackson (50th) and Bailey Ness (51st) rounded out the Gophers' scoring finishes.

Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in the NCAA Championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large. Champion Iowa State and runner-up Oklahoma State earned the automatic bids from the Gophers' Midwest Regional.

Minnesota joins Boise State, BYU, California, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Oregon, Syracuse, Utah State, Washington, and Wisconsin as at-large women's team qualifiers.

Minnesota has made 22 team appearances at the NCAA Championship since 1974. The program's highest team finish came in 2005 when the Gophers placed ninth. All-Americans Ladia Albertson-Junkans and Emily Brown led Minnesota's efforts. The ninth-place showing was the first of five-straight top-12 finishes for the Gophers.

The Gophers' most recent All-American is Stephanie Price, who finished 31st in 2010. Minnesota's all-time highest individual finisher at the NCAA championships is Megan Duwell, who took eighth overall in 2009.

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