Pac-12 teams set for NCAA regional meets
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pac-12 men's and women's cross country teams are preparing for the NCAA Regional meets this Saturday, Nov. 9. The majority of the league teams will be competing at the NCAA West Regional, hosted by WASHINGTON at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle. The NCAA Mountain Regional will be hosted by Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
On the men's side, only two-time Pac-12 men's champion COLORADO will compete at the Mountain Regional. The Buffs are ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. The Buffs are the highest-ranked team in the race and placed second in last year's meet to earn the automatic bid.
The men's West Regional meet features eight men's team, led by STANFORD, the third-ranked team in the nation. The Cardinal are the highest-ranked team in the field. Also competing at the meet are No. 11 OREGON, No. 25 ARIZONA and No. 27 UCLA.
The women's West Regional race will be stacked, primarily because of four Pac-12 squads ranked in the top-10 in the nation. Pac-12 champion OREGON is ranked No. 3 in the nation to lead all league teams, followed by No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 5 STANFORD and No. 7 WASHINGTON. Additionally, UCLA is in the top-30, coming in at No. 29.
The UTAH women will join COLORADO at the Mountain Regional. The Buffs are ranked No. 24 and will try to keep in step with two higher-ranked teams in the field if they look to repeat as NCAA Mountain Regional Champions and earn the automatic bid.
Some individual notables competing on Friday are two-time Pac-12 Men's Champion Lawi Lalang, Oregon women's Jordan Hasay and Stanford women's Kathy Kroeger. Lalang has not been defeated in two years and he looks to maintain his streak as he claimed this title last year en route to winning the NCAA individual crown. Hasay is looking for a third-straight West Region title in her final try, while Kroeger, who took home her first-career Pac-12 individual title a couple of weeks ago, has placed in the top 10 at this meet the last two years.
Both women's meets begin at 12 p.m. local time, while the men's Mountain Regional race it set to start at 1 p.m. MT and the men's West Regional race starts at 1:15 p.m. PT.
For more information, visit the USTFCCCA's NCAA Regional Meet Central here: