NCAA XC Regional Confidence Picks: NAU, BYU, Oregon, New Mexico Cruise

"Survive and advance" is a mantra fit for March Madness and early-November cross country. During Friday’s NCAA Regional meets, some of the nation’s top teams will race each other for the first time this season with the BYU and NAU men meeting in Provo, and the Boise State and Oregon women racing in Sacramento. But the focus will solely be on finishing in the top two to earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships on November 17. 

For the powerful teams, regionals are a dress rehearsal for the big show. The goal is more about conserving energy than running all-out. The best performances are the ones that don’t make any news--a smooth, comfortable and drama-free stepping stone to Madison. 

With that said, here are five things to be confident about on Friday.   

Confidence Picks, presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans

  • The BYU and NAU men go 1-2 in some order in the Mountain region and five other teams earn at-large qualifications. 

  • Just like at the Big Ten Championships, Morgan McDonald and Oliver Hoare sweep the top two positions in the Great Lakes region and lead Wisconsin to victory. 

  • Colorado and New Mexico women as expected take the automatic qualifying spots in the Mountain region. 

  • Out west, seven teams move on from Sacramento led by Stanford, Portland, Washington and Boise State. 

  • Oregon and Boise State finish at the top of the women’s race—a great preview for when those teams go all out at the NCAA Championships. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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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