NCAA Regionals Arrive Friday At Chambers Creek
NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, Nov. 11
University Place, Wash. | Chambers Creek Regional Park
Women's 6,000m -- 10:00 am
Men's 10,000m -- 11:00 am
Driving Directions (View PDF):
- From 64th St. SW, head south on Chambers Creek Road W
- In 0.8 miles, turn right onto a private road
- Keep left, then continue straight for 0.2 miles
- Turn left, and you will arrive at parking to your right
SEATTLE – For the first time in over a year and a half, the Huskies will get to race a cross country meet at home. Friday, Washington hosts the NCAA West Regional Championships as more than thirty teams converge on Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place, Wash. to try and earn tickets to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Washington, ranked 14th nationally on the men's side and 16th nationally on the women's side, is hosting the West Regional meet for the first time since 2017, and for the first time at Chambers Creek Regional Park. It will be the second championship meet at the course for the Huskies, as UW last hosted the spring 2021 Pac-12 Championships at the site. That was the team's most recent home appearance, aside from one dual meet with Seattle U. at Magnuson Park last fall.
Spectators were not permitted during the 2021 Pac-12 Championships, but fans are welcomed back on Friday. Admission and parking are free and directions to the course can be found here.
The women's 6,000-meters championship will go off at 10 a.m. followed by the men's 10,000-meters at 11 a.m.
The West Region includes 10 of the 12 Pac-12 teams, plus many members from the Mountain West Conference, the West Coast Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, the Big Sky Conference, and the Big West Conference.
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. 19 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 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, for a total of 31 teams in each race.
Last season, both Husky teams placed second at West Regionals in Sacramento to both earn auto bids to NCAAs and avoid waiting for the at-large math to sort itself out. Husky Kieran Lumb won the individual men's title, becoming the second-straight Husky to win following Andrew Jordan's 2019 victory.
Ranked 14th on the men's side, the Huskies are one of six West Region men's teams ranked in the national top-30 by the USTFCCCA. Stanford comes in ranked No. 1 and won the Pac-12 title two weeks ago. The Huskies are seeded second at 14th, then Oregon comes in ranked 18th, Portland is 24th, California Baptist is No. 25, and Gonzaga is No. 26. The Cal Poly men are also receiving votes.
In the women's polls, Oregon at No. 10 is the top-ranked team in the region, then Stanford at No. 11, California Baptist at No. 14, and Washington at No. 16 as the fourth seed. No other West teams are in the top-30, but Oregon State and Boise State are receiving votes. Washington finished just one point behind Stanford at Pac-12s two weeks ago and eight points behind Oregon.
Teams are permitted to run seven athletes in each race. Washington has entered 10 runners and will have to decide which seven to line up on Friday.
The 10 entries for the UW men include Sam Affolder, James Crabtree, Leo Daschbach, Sam Ellis, Brian Fay, Isaac Green, Luke Houser, Evan Jenkins, Ed Trippas, and Joe Waskom.
The women's 10 entries include Ella Borsheim, Chloe Foerster, Anna Gibson, Madison Heisterman, Haley Herberg, Andrea Markezich, Sophia Nordenholz, Sophie O'Sullivan, Naomi Smith, and Carley Thomas.
At Pac-12s two weeks back, Fay and Green for the men, and Markezich and O'Sullivan for the women all earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors.