Huskies Earn NCAA Cross-Country At-Large Bid

Nov. 12, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's women's cross-country squad today was awarded one of 13 at-large selections to the 2001 NCAA Championships in Greenville, S.C. The race will be held next Mon., Nov. 19, on the same Furman University Course where the Huskies ran to a fourth-place finish in the Silver Race at the NCAA Pre-Meet in October.

Washington, the fourth-place finisher at the NCAA West Regional meet this past Saturday, was one of three West Region teams to receive an at-large selection, joining Arizona State and UCLA. Stanford and Arizona earned the region's automatic berths with top-two regional finishes.

Washington's women's squad will be making its fifth-consecutive appearance at the NCAA meet, and eighth in the last 10 years. The Huskies have finished in the top-10 once, placing ninth in 1998.

'For such a young women's team to have accomplished what they have this season is terrific,' said fifth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. '

The Husky women will be joined at the national meet by senior men's runner Jason Fayant, who earned an automatic bid with a sixth-place finish at this weekend's NCAA West Regional meet. Fayant will be making his first NCAA appearance. The Husky team captain has led the squad at all but one meet this season, including top-10 finishes at both the Pac-10 and West Regional meets.

The 31-team field includes 18 teams which earned automatic bids on the merit of top-two placings at one of the nine regional meets this weekend, as well as the top-five individual runners at each regional from non-qualifying schools.

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