Husky Women Added to NCAA Championships Field

Nov. 14, 2004

SEATTLE - Washington's women's cross country squad saw the nation's seventh-longest active streak of NCAA Championships appearances extended to eight Sunday when the NCAA awarded the Huskies an at-large berth to the field of 31 which will compete for an NCAA title Mon., Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind. Washington's men were not among the teams selected.

The Husky women placed fifth at Saturday's NCAA West Regional, at which the top-two teams were granted automatic berths to the NCAA meet. Eighteen teams qualified at the nine regionals nationwide, with Washington one of 13 granted at-large berths Sunday, based largely upon performances at the regional, and at major meets throughout the season.

'These ladies are a special group,' said head coach Greg Metcalf, who has guided the Huskies to the NCAA Championships in each of his eight seasons at the helm of the UW program. 'They never doubted themselves all season, even when things didn't go their way. This is a team that expects every year to be at the NCAA Championships. When you hold yourself to that kind of standard, you find a way to get it done.'

While Washington's streak of consecutive NCAA Championships appearances was extended Sunday, the nation's longest such streak was snapped when Georgetown was not among the teams selected to compete. The Hoyas had qualified for 16-consecutive NCAA meets, dating back to 1988. Brigham Young and Providence, both of whom earned automatic bids Saturday, now share the longest active streaks at 16 years each, followed by Colorado (13), Stanford (12), N.C. State (10) and Washington (8).

Stanford will seek to defend its 2003 NCAA championships on both the men's and women's sides next Monday, Nov. 22, on the campus of Indiana State University. The 6,000-meter women's race begins at 11 a.m. Eastern, with the men's 10,000-meter competition to follow at 12:15 p.m.

2004 NCAA Division-I Cross Country Championships Qualifiers
Automatic Bids
Arizona St. - West Region
Arkansas - South Central Region
Brigham Young - Mountain Region
Colorado - Mountain Region
Columbia University - Northeast
Duke - Southeast Region
Georgia - South Region
Illinois - Midwest Region
Michigan - Great Lakes Region
Missouri - Midwest Region
North Carolina St. - Southeast Region
Notre Dame - Great Lakes Region
Providence - Northeast Region
Southern Methodist - South Central
Stanford - West Region
Tennessee - South Region
Villanova - Mid-Atlantic Region
West Virginia - Mid-Atlantic Region

At-Large Selections
Baylor
Butler
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara
Colorado St.
Idaho
Indiana
Marquette
Michigan St.
North Carolina
Princeton
Wake Forest
Washington

Men's Automatic Qualifying Teams
American - Mid-Atlantic Region
Arizona St. - West Region
Arkansas - South Central Region
Brigham Young - Mountain Region
Colorado - Mountain Region
Florida - South Region
Florida St. - South Region
Georgetown - Mid-Atlantic Region
Iona - Northeast Region
Minnesota - Midwest Region
North Carolina St. - Southeast Region
Notre Dame - Great Lakes Region
Oklahoma St. - Midwest Region
Providence - Northeast Region
Stanford - West Region
Texas - South Central Region
William & Mary - Southeast Region
Wisconsin - Great Lakes Region

Men's At-Large Teams
Air Force
Butler
Cal Poly
Central Mich.
Colorado St.
Georgia
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan St.
New Mexico
Northern Ariz.
Ohio St.

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