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. 

Watch the 2018 Great Lakes, West and Mountain region meets live on FloTrack.

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Three Events To Watch At BU: Jenkins/Tanui/NAU 5k, Engels In The Mile

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The 2020 BU John Thomas Terrier Classic is this Friday and Saturday (Jan 24-25) in Boston and will be Live on FloTrack. A fast men's 5k and the season debut of Craig Engels in the mile are among the top events to watch this weekend:

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Several of the top distance runners and sprinters in the country will be on display this weekend on FloTrack as we stream two days of action at the BU John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday. U.S. Olympic hopeful Eric Jenkins and training partner Paul Tanui will chase the 13:13.50 Olympic 5k standard along with several NAU stars on Friday at BU, while reigning 60m hurdles world champion Keni Harrison will face 2019 NCAA champion Chanel Brissett in the hurdles at New Mexico on Saturday. That, and so much more, can be seen on our live slate Jan. 24 - 25:

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The Houston Half Marathon organizers decided to award their "top U.S. male finisher" prize money ($2,000) to two athletes this year.

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Athing Mu Adds To Legacy With 500m National Record At VA Showcase

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Athing Mu added to her legacy as one of the greatest high school track and field athletes of all-time with an electrifying national record breaking performance at the Virginia Showcase on Friday night at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Teenage Sprint Star Briana Williams Signs With Nike

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Briana Williams, the 17-year-old sprinter who broke the national high school 100 meter record in June at Jamaica's Senior Track and Field Championships, has turned pro and has signed a contract with HSI International, it was announced on Friday. 

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