XC Qualifying System Still Makes NO Sense

The NCAA took the logical step of making meets in September actually count, but the way any regular-season meet counts toward qualifying for the NCAA Division I cross country championship continues to be very dumb.

Quick reminder: The way that Division I cross country handles at-large qualifyication for championship is ridiculous. The first teams out at regional meets are selected based on regular-season wins over teams that have already qualified (here is an explainer I wrote on the "Kolas points" system two years ago). But a win only counts as a win if the team that lost ran at least four of what will end up being its top seven runners at regionals--i.e., the winning team only gets a point if the team it beat ran its "A team."

​Fake example: ​

Albion beats Gettysburg at the Messiah Invite in October, where Gettysburg ran exactly three of its eventual top seven; Gettysburg wins its region in November; if Gettysburg ran one more of its top seven at Messiah, Albion would have had one more point.​

​Real example​:

No. 4 Arkansas held out projected No. 1 runner Jack Bruce, No. 3 Andrew Ronoh, and No. 5 Austen Dalquist today at the Battle in Beantown (they're fine, and may have done a workout post-race). Unranked Dartmouth and Providence beat the Razorbacks as a result, and may end up with an extremely generous Kolas point in November now. Projected No. 2 Frankline Tonui and No. 4 Alex George lined up and George won. So if two more Arkansas men who started today make the regional lineup, then today's Arkansas team counts as an "A team." Arkansas will almost certainly automatically qualify out of its region; if today was an A team, and Arkansas automatically qualifies, then Dartmouth and Providence will get a point.

The Division I qualifying system is silly and bad. Don't blame Arkansas, Providence, or Dartmouth.

NCAA West Preview: Stanford/Washington Battle Again

Top women's teams Stanford and Washington meet for the third time this season, while a loaded men's field features three teams in the top 10. Here's what to watch at Friday's West Regional meet in Colfax, Washington. 

NCAA Moves DI Northeast Regional To Road Course Due To Poor Conditions

Due to treacherous course conditions in Buffalo, New York, for Friday’s Division I Northeast regional, the NCAA has taken the extraordinary step to move the cross country races away from Audubon Golf Course and onto a road course.

NCAA Mountain Regional Preview: NAU Tangles With Colorado, BYU

Friday’s Mountain regional in Salt Lake City features a combined seven top ten ranked teams, the most among the nine NCAA DI qualifying meets. The men’s and women’s national champions have come out of the Mountain each of the last two years, a trend that could very well continue in 2019. As always, the sub-plot aside from the performance of the blue chip teams will be the bubble watch for the squads behind them. At-large bids figure to be in ample supply as teams outside the top two spots jostle for a trip to Terre Haute.

House Of Run: Mary Cain Speaks Out, Diamond League Changes

Kevin and Jason discuss Mary Cain’s experience being coached by Alberto Salazar, the changes to the Diamond League program and the conclusion of the Illinois state meet saga.

One Final Tune-Up For Monson: Great Lakes Preview

The Great Lakes region again looks like one of the best in all of Division I cross country with both genders expected to send multiple at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. In the individual race, Friday’s race in Madison is one final tune-up for NCAA favorite, Alicia Monson of Wisconsin. Here's what to watch for in both races. 

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with MPSF

AUSTIN, Texas — November 12, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced an extended multiyear partnership to serve as the official broadcast partner. FloSports will provide live and on-demand content and coverage of two Conference Championships exclusively on FloTrack.org and FloVolleyball.tv.

2019 DII NCAA XC Championships Field Announced

The fields for the 2019 DII NCAA XC Championships in Sacramento, California, are set. The 34 teams per gender and individual qualifiers advancing to nationals can be found below.

Which DI Runners Are Still Undefeated This Fall?

With only two meets remaining on the NCAA Division I XC schedule, there are still seven undefeated runners. Some of the names are familiar, while others are lesser-known. Let's take a look at who has yet to lose heading into regionals on Friday. 

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Salazar, Brown Appeal 4-Year Bans

As expected, Alberto Salazar and Jeffrey Brown have appealed their four-year suspensions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

DII XC Regional Recap: Mines, Adams State Strengthen Their NCAA Cases

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Eight regional meets across the country went down on Saturday in Division II to build the 2019 NCAA XC Championship field.

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