No. 8 Men’s XC Earns At-Large Bid To NCAA Championship

No. 8 Men’s XC Earns At-Large Bid To NCAA Championship

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 17, 2019 –The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's cross country team was awarded an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday.

The WashU men's team will join the women's cross country team, who earned an automatic bid after a first-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The Bears' men finished third at the Midwest Regional with 98 total points on the 8K course. Senior Nick Matteucci led the Bears with a fourth-place finish at 24:48.8. 

This is the 15th Bears men's cross country team in program history to earn a trip to the NCAA Championship and the 11thconsecutive season. This also marks the 11thtime in school history that both programs will compete at the national meet.

The men's team finished second with 110 points at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship. The women's team won the 2018 national championship by one point over Johns Hopkins, 98-99, as Paige Lawler finished in first place. 

Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission are hosting the championships on Saturday, Nov. 23 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The men's race will begin at 10:45 a.m. (ET), followed by the women's race at 11:45 a.m. (ET).