Pac-12 programs primed for runs at 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 will enter a total of 10 teams along with one individual for the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships hosted by Oklahoma State this Saturday morning at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla.
The Pac-12 enters the first NCAA Championships of the 2022-23 season with a national-best 544 all-time team national championships, including a record 29 combined men’s & women’s cross country crowns.
2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Stillwater, Okla.
Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course
Women's 6k race: 7:20 a.m. PT/10:20 a.m. ET
Men's 10k race: 8:10 a.m. PT/11:10 a.m. ET
Unveiled in 2019, the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course is completely sodded and consists of just under one million square feet of Astro Bermuda grass. Carved throughout wooded areas and prairie with varying elevations, the course is 10-plus meters wide throughout and the starting straightaway is 850 meters. The straightaway to the finish box is designed with mounds on each side of the course to offer a view from above, as well as views of multiple race areas.
COLLEGIATE COURSE RECORDS
Women’s 6K: 20:01.1 - Mercy Chelangat, Alabama, 2020 NCAA Championships
Men’s 10K: 29:48.2 - Connor Mantz, BYU, 2020 NCAA Championships
Course Records (PDF)
NCAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - PAC-12 PREVIEW
PAC-12 TEAM AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
No. 1 Stanford - West Regional Champions (31st NCAA appearance, 29th consecutive)
PAC-12 TEAM AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS (Regional finish)
No. 7 Colorado - 3rd at Mountain Regional (52nd NCAA appearance, 31st consecutive)
No. 17 Washington - 3rd at West Regional (20th NCAA appearance, 6th consecutive)
No. 21 Oregon - 4th at West Regional (46th NCAA appearance, 2nd consecutive)
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS
Vincent Mauri, Arizona State – 11th West Regional
For the eighth time in nine seasons, the Pac-12 will boast at least four team representatives at the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The quartet will be racing for the league’s 17th all-time national title and first since Colorado went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.
The four league programs, all in the top 25 in latest USTFCCCA poll, are led by the nation's top-ranked team in Stanford, which has been in the top three all season and No. 1 in the past three polls. The Pac-12 champion Cardinal, as well as the rest of the 31-team field, will be aiming to end No. 2 Northern Arizona's reign. Last season, the Lumberjacks became the first program to win five national championships in a six-year span since Arkansas (1990-95).
Led by two-time All-American Charles Hicks, the Cardinal is seeking its first team title since 2003 and fifth overall (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003). Stanford has never had an individual NCAA cross country champion (men or women). Oregon's Edward Cheserek is the last individual titlist from the Pac-12, finishing off his three-peat in 2015.
Coming off a third-place NCAA Mountain Regional finish, Colorado is No. 7 in the country and will be seeking its first podium finish since 2018 (fourth), as well as a sixth all-time NCAA crown. CU's 31 consecutive NCAA appearances are the longest active streak in the country.
No. 12 Washington enters the field as an at-large qualifier following its third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional last weekend, where All-American Brian Fay became the Huskies' third consecutive regional champion, following Kieran Lumb last season and Andrew Jordan in 2019. Regional meets were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Huskies were No. 8 in the season's first three polls, dropped to No. 23 on Sept. 27 and are now at No. 17 following its Pac-12 Championships (third) and NCAA West Regional performances.
Six-time NCAA champion No. 21 Oregon is in the field via an at-large selection after a fourth-place regional finish. The Ducks are in search of their first cross country national championship since 2008.
Led by two-time defending Pac-12 champion Charles Hicks, five former All-Americans from the Conference are set to race in the NCAA field:
Aaron Bienenfeld, Oregon (2021, 2020 at Cincinnati)
Brian Fay, Washington (2021)
Charles Hicks, Stanford (2021, 2020)
Ky Robinson, Stanford (2021)
Cole Sprout, Stanford (2020)
NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - PAC-12 PREVIEW
PAC-12 TEAM AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
No. 7 Utah - Mountain Regional Runners-up (5th NCAA appearance, 2nd consecutive)
No. 8 Stanford - West Regional Champions (35th NCAA appearance, 30th consecutive)
No. 9 Oregon - West Regional Runners-up (33rd NCAA appearance, 2nd consecutive)
PAC-12 TEAM AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS (Regional finish)
No. 11 Colorado - 5th at Mountain Regional (32nd NCAA appearance, 14th consecutive)
No. 15 Washington - 3rd at West Regional (29th NCAA appearance, 16th consecutive)
No. 23 Oregon State - 4th at West Regional (3rd NCAA appearance)
No. 7 nationally ranked Utah headlines the Pac-12's pack of six women's teams entered to compete for the NCAA Cross Country Championship this weekend. It's the fifth time overall, and first since 2016, that six Pac-12 women's programs advanced to compete at the NCAA Championships. In addition to 2016, six schools earned berths in 1998 and 1999, and a Conference-record seven were in the field in 2011. At least five Pac-12 women’s programs have advanced to the NCAA Championships in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
Each of the Pac-12’s six NCAA entrants appear in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings. Following Utah are No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon, No. 11 Colorado, No. 15 Washington and No. 23 Oregon State. The Conference's five ranked teams in the top 15 and six in the top 25 are both the most among all leagues.
The Utes are making their fifth all-time NCAA appearance in the past eight seasons and second consecutive for just the second time in program history (2015-16). Utah nabbed its first-ever automatic berth by virtue of its program-best, second-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional. The Utes will have their full team available with the return of Ariel Keklak, who sat out the regional race.
No. 8 Stanford was one of the polls biggest movers, jumping three spots following its NCAA West Regional title, the program's 18th overall and third in a row. Stanford's five women's NCAA championships are tied for the second-most all-time with its last coming in 2007. The Cardinal has finished in the top six of each of the past six national championship races.
Oregon, which began the year ranked 19th and has been as low as 22nd, is up to a season-best No. 9 following last weekend's runner-up performance at the NCAA West Regional, the Ducks' best performance since 2018 (first). Making its 33rd all-time NCAA appearance, UO is looking for its fifth NCAA title and first since 2016.
Colorado boasts the Conference's most recent NCAA team (2018) and individual (Dani Jones - 2018) champions. The two-time defending Pac-12 champion Buffs were fourth at last season's NCAA meet, their best finish since they last won it all and one that also extended the Conference's streak to seven consecutive years with at least one women's team on the podium.
The NCAA West Regional third-place finishers and No. 15 Huskies will be making their 16th consecutive and 29th all-time NCAA appearance. UW placed 11th at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships and outperformed its ranking (No. 23) more than any other team in that field.
No. 23 Oregon State is in the field for the third time (2018, 2020) following a fourth-place showing at the NCAA West Regional, the best performance in school history. The Beavers are led by All-American Kaylee Mitchell, whose individual regional title was the first in program history.
The Pac-12 quartet of Stanford (five), Oregon (four), Colorado (three) and Washington (one) have combined for 13 national titles, the most of any conference in the country.
Led by individual Pac-12 champion Bailey Hertenstein, four former All-Americans from the Pac-12 are set to race in the NCAA field:
Emily Covert, Colorado (2021)
Bailey Hertenstein, Colorado (2020 at Indiana, 2019 at Indiana)
Kaylee Mitchell, Oregon State (2020)
Emily Venters, Utah (2018 at Boise State)
The Pac-12 is the winningest conference in NCAA Cross Country history, as current league members boast:
- A national-best 29 NCAA Cross Country team titles (16 men, second-best among conferences/13 women, most among conferences)
- A national-best 29 NCAA Cross Country individual titles (25 men, most of any conference/4 women)
- 34 NCAA Cross Country runner-up team finishes (19 men/15 women)
Since expanding to the Pac-12 in 2011, the league has produced the most competitive and successful NCAA teams and individuals in the country, highlighted by:
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 2 NCAA men’s team national champions, the second-most of any conference.
- 17 top-five men’s team finishes at NCAA Championship, the most of any conference.
- 4 NCAA men’s individual national champions, the most of any conference.
- 82 men’s All-Americans, the most of any conference.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 3 NCAA women’s team national champions, the most of any conference.
- 20 top-five women’s team finishes at NCAA Championship, the most of any conference.
- 95 women’s All-Americans, the most of any conference.