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Cross Country travels to Great Lakes Regional

Ben Yavitt

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Sports
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The CWRU men's and women's cross country teams better pack their warm clothes as they head north to compete in the 2010 NCAA division three Great Lakes regional championships tomorrow. On Saturday, Nov. 13, Hope College in Holland, Michigan will be hosting dozens of schools in the Great Lakes region to compete for a chance to go to the national championships.

The regional championships occur every year before the national meet and is used as a qualifier race. One of eight regions in the nation, the Great Lakes region is comprised of all the Division III schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

There are two ways to gain a berth at Nationals: an automatic bid and an at-large bid. A team can get an auto bid by finishing in the top two in the regional championships. This makes for 16 teams out of the 32 teams. The other half is chosen through an at-large selection process. By finishing in the top five at Regionals, a team can earn consideration for an at-large bid. The NCAA then makes selections the next day on who will be competing at nationals.

This year, both the men's and women's teams have a shot at making it to the national meet in Waverly, Iowa. The U.S. Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association ranks both the teams at No. 4 in the region. The men's team trails No.1 Calvin College, No. 2 Albion College, and No. 3 Wabash College. The women are ranked behind No. 1 Calvin College, No.2 Hope College, and No. 3 Ohio Northern University.

The Calvin men's team is ranked No. 4 in the nation and is the consensus favorite to win the Great Lakes regional. That leaves open one more automatic ticket. Albion, Wabash, and CWRU all have a clean shot at the last bid.

"The goal before we even set our feet on XC turf is always continuous: gain a national berth, head coach Kathy Lanese said "Some years we are closer than others, but we are so close I can taste the turf in Waverly, IA. That is the kind of race it will be at Hope.

The Spartans raced against Albion and Wabash earlier in the season, at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 16. Both schools came out of nowhere to defeat the Spartans. Albion scored 188 and Wabash scored 193, compared to CWRU's total of 199 points.
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