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SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 will enter a total of 10 teams with one individual for the 2022 Oklahoma State NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships this Saturday morning at the Cross Country Course OSU from the Greiner family in Stillwater, Okla.

The Pac-12 enters the first NCAA Championships of the 2022-23 season with a national record 544 all-time team national championships, including a record 29 combined men’s and 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

SCHEDULE OF RACES
Women’s 6K Run: 7:20 a.m. PT/10:20 a.m. ET
Men’s 10,000m race: 8:10 a.m. PT/11:10 a.m. ET

LIVE
TV: ESPNU
Results: Prime time
Meet Central

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Unveiled in 2019, the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course is fully grassed and consists of just under one million square feet of Astro Bermuda grass. Carved into wooded areas and grasslands with varying elevations, the course is over 10 meters wide and the start is 850 meters away. The direct access finish area is designed with mounds on either side of the course to provide a view from above, as well as views across multiple race areas.

COLLEGE COURSE RECORDS
6K women: 20:01.1 – Mercy Chelangat, Alabama, 2020 NCAA Championships
10,000 men: 29:48.2 — Connor Mantz, BYU, 2020 NCAA Championships
Course files (PDF)

NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – PAC-12 PREVIEW
PAC-12 TEAM AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATIONS
No. 1 Stanford – Western Regional Champions (31st NCAA appearance, 29th in a row)

AT-LARGE PAC-12 TEAM QUALIFICATIONS (Regional Finish)
Colorado No. 7 – 3rd at Mountain Regional (52nd NCAA appearance, 31st straight)
No. 17 Washington – 3rd at West Regional (20th NCAA appearance, 6th in a row)
No. 21 Oregon – 4th at West Regional (46th NCAA appearance, 2nd straight)

PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS
Vincent MauriArizona State – 11th West Regional

For the eighth time in nine seasons, the Pac-12 will have at least four team representatives at the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The foursome will race for the league’s 17th all-time national title and first since Colorado contested in 2013 and 2014.

The league’s four programs, all in the top 25 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, are led by the nation’s top-ranked team at Stanford, which has been in the top three all season and No. last three polls. The Pac-12 champion Cardinal, along with the rest of the 31 teams, will be looking to end the Northern Arizona No. 2’s reign. Last season, the Lumberjacks became the first program to win five national championships in six years since Arkansas (1990-95).

Led by two-time All-American Charles Hicks, the Cardinal is aiming for his first team title since 2003 and fifth overall (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003). Stanford has never had an NCAA individual cross-country champion (men’s or women’s). from oregon Edward Cheserek is the latest individual Pac-12 titlist, completing his hat-trick in 2015.

After a third-place finish in the NCAA Mountain Region, Colorado is No. 7 in the nation and will be aiming for its first podium since 2018 (fourth), as well as a sixth all-time NCAA crown. CU’s 31 consecutive NCAA appearances is the longest active streak in the nation.

No. 12 Washington enters the court as an overall qualifier following his third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional last weekend, where All-American Brian Fay became the Huskies’ third consecutive regional champion, after Kieran Lumb last season and Andrew Jordan in 2019. Regional meetings were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Huskies were No. 8 in the first three polls of the season, fell to No. 23 on Sept. 27 and are now No. 17 after their Pac-12 championships (third) and NCAA West regional performances.

Six-time NCAA champion No. 21 Oregon is on the court via wide selection after a regional fourth-place finish. The Ducks are seeking their first national cross country championship since 2008.

Led by the two-time defending Pac-12 champion Charles Hicksfive former Conference All-Americans are set to run in the NCAA field:
Aaron BienenfeldOregon (2021, 2020 in Cincinnati)
Brian FayWashington (2021)
Charles HicksStanford (2021, 2020)
Ky RobinsonStanford (2021)
Cabbage sproutStanford (2020)

NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – PAC-12 PREVIEW
PAC-12 TEAM AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATIONS
No. 7 Utah – Mountain Regional Finalist (5th NCAA appearance, 2nd straight)
No. 8 Stanford – Western Regional Champions (35th NCAA appearance, 30th straight)
No. 9 Oregon – Western Regional Runner-up (33rd NCAA appearance, 2nd straight)

AT-LARGE PAC-12 TEAM QUALIFICATIONS (Regional Finish)
No. 11 Colorado – 5th at Mountain Regional (32nd NCAA appearance, 14th straight)
No. 15 Washington – 3rd at West Regional (29th NCAA appearance, 16th straight)
No. 23 Oregon State – 4th at West Regional (3rd NCAA appearance)

Utah, No. 7 nationally, is the headliner of the field of six women’s Pac-12 teams entered to compete for the NCAA cross country championship this weekend. This is the fifth time overall, and the first since 2016, that six women’s Pac-12 programs have qualified to compete in the NCAA championships. In addition to 2016, six schools earned berths in 1998 and 1999, and a conference record seven were on the field in 2011. At least five women’s Pac-12 programs have qualified for NCAA championships over the course of 13 of the last 14 seasons.

Each of the six Pac-12 NCAA entrants appear in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings. Following Utah are Stanford’s No. 8, Oregon’s No. 9, Colorado’s No. 11, Washington’s No. 15 and Oregon State’s No. 23. The Conference’s five ranked teams in the top 15 and six in the top 25 are both the best among all leagues.

The Utes are making their fifth all-time NCAA appearance in the last eight seasons and their second straight appearance for only the second time in program history (2015-16). Utah clinched its first-ever automatic berth thanks to its best second-place finish in the NCAA Mountain Regional program. The Utes will have their entire squad available with the return of Ariel Keklakwho missed the regional race.

No. 8 Stanford was one of the biggest movers in the polls, moving up three spots after his NCAA West regional title, 18th overall in the program and third in a row. Stanford’s five NCAA women’s championships are tied for second all-time with her last coming in 2007. The Cardinal has finished in the top six in each of the past six national championship races.

Oregon, which started the year ranked 19th and has been as low as 22nd, is a season-best 9th place after last weekend’s second-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, the best Ducks performance since 2018 (first). Making its 33rd all-time NCAA appearance, UO is in the hunt for its fifth NCAA title and first since 2016.

Colorado has the most recent NCAA team (2018) and individual champions (Dani Jones – 2018). The Buffs, two-time defending Pac-12 champions, finished fourth in last season’s NCAA meet, their best finish since the last time they won it all and one that also extended the streak of the Conference in seven consecutive years with at least one women’s team on the podium.

The NCAA West Region No. 3 and No. 15 Huskies will make their 16th consecutive appearance and 29th all-time in the NCAA. UW placed 11th at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships and surpassed its ranking (No. 23) more than any other team in this area.

The No. 23 Oregon State is on the court for the third time (2018, 2020) after a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, the best performance in school history. The Beavers are led by All-American Kaylee Mitchellwhose 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 an Individual Pac-12 Champion Bailey Hertensteinfour former Pac-12 All-Americans are set to run in the NCAA field:
Secret EmilyColorado (2021)
Bailey HertensteinColorado (2020 to Indiana, 2019 to Indiana)
Kaylee MitchellOregon State (2020)
Emilie VentersUtah (2018 at Boise State)

The Pac-12 is the winningest conference in NCAA Cross Country history, as current league members boast:

  • A national record 29 NCAA cross-country team titles (16 men, second-best among conferences / 13 women, most among conferences)
  • A national record 29 NCAA cross country individual titles (25 men, most of all conferences / 4 women)
  • 34 NCAA Cross Country Team finalists (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 nation, highlighted by:

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • 2 NCAA Men’s National Tag Team Champions, the second most of any conference.
  • 17 men’s teams in the top five in the NCAA championship, the most of any conference.
  • 4 NCAA Men’s Individual National Champions, the most of any conference.
  • 82 male All-Americans, the most of any conference.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • 3 NCAA women’s team national champions, most of any conference.
  • 20 women’s teams in the top five in the NCAA championship, the most of any conference.
  • 95 female All-Americans, the most of any conference.