Posted 4 months ago
By John Axtell
CHADRON – The Chadron State College cross country teams will enter the South Central Regional Meet hosted by West Texas A&M at Canyon on Saturday. Six men and seven women will enter the competition.
CSC coach Ryan Baily said the women will run six kilometers beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the men, who will run 10 kilometers, will follow. The top six teams in both competitions will advance to the National Championships on Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.
A majority of the competition will come from Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, which is one of the leading Division II cross country conferences in the nation. The Lone Star and Heartland Conferences, both made up largely of Texas schools, are also in the region.
Western State is ranked first nationally among the Division II men’s teams while Adams State is second and Colorado Mines is fifth.
While Grand Valley State of Michigan is ranked first among the DII women’s teams nationally, Adams State is second, Western State is third, Metro State is seventh and Colorado-Colorado Springs is ninth.
Baily said the CSC women’s team has a chance to grab the region’s fifth or sixth slots. That would be quite a feat for a program that is in just its second season.
The top three individuals from teams that do not qualify for nationals also will advance to the national race.