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NCAA West Regional Championships
Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Sacramento, Calif. | Haggin Oaks Golf Course
Women's 6k - 10 am
Men's 10k - 11 am
SEATTLE – Friday morning the Huskies will look to polish up their NCAA Championships résumé with a race against the west's best. Washington takes on the NCAA West Regional Championships at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif., the final race to determine the fields for the fast-approaching national championships.
Nine Regional Championships take place on Friday, with the top-two teams per gender at each meet automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships, held on Nov. 20 in Tallahassee Fla. After those eighteen teams are determined, the at-large process picks another thirteen teams per gender, based on a combination of Regional Championship finish and head-to-head results during the course of the season.
The women's race will go first on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by the men's race at 11 a.m. The women run 6,000-meters while the men step up to 10,000-meters for the first time this season.
The West Region traditionally is one of the strongest in the NCAA in terms of qualifying teams to the national meet. Six men's teams and four women's teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA national top-30 heading into the race, including both UW squads.
Both the Husky men and women enter the meet second among the ranked teams in the region. On the men's side, No. 5 Stanford is the favorite, followed by the Huskies at No. 13, then No. 15 Gonzaga, No. 16 Oregon, No. 20 Boise State, and No. 30 Portland.
The Oregon women are ranked 20th, with the Huskies right behind at No. 21. Stanford will also be in the thick of things at No. 26, as will Gonzaga at No. 29.
Only seven runners per team are able to race at Regionals and Nationals. The UW women traveled nine athletes to Sacramento and will choose their seven from this group: Sophie Cantine, Julia David-Smith, Anna Gibson, Madison Heisterman, Haley Herberg, Andrea Markezich, Sophie O'Sullivan, Allie Schadler, Naomi Smith.
Eight men are ready to represent on Friday, with the lineup chosen from Leo Daschbach, Brian Fay, Isaac Green, Luke Houser, Kieran Lumb, Tibebu Proctor, Ryan Renken, and Joe Waskom.
It's been two weeks since UW last raced at the Pac-12 Championships up at altitude in Salt Lake City. The men finished third and the women took fourth, with All-Pac-12 performances from Herberg on the women's side, and Fay, Lumb and Daschbach on the men's side, all earning Second Team honors.