NCAA XC Champs Confidence Picks: NAU Three-Peats, McDonald Edges Fisher

The stakes are clear and the storylines are well established. 

Saturday's DI NCAA XC Championships in Madison, Wisconsin will provide answers to the questions that we've been wondering since the first meets of the fall. 

Can Grant Fisher get his first NCAA cross country title? Will the NAU men and New Mexico women extend their winning streaks against stout opposition? Who emerges from a crowded women's field to get on the podium?

All will be answered this weekend. And while NCAA cross country is known for its unpredictability, it is possible to feel confident about a few things that will happen when the pressure is turned up to its highest this weekend in Madison.  

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  • NAU puts four men in the top 25 to win their third straight men’s title, holding back strong challenges from BYU and Portland.   

  • Both Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald and Stanford’s Grant Fisher bring it on Saturday. McDonald has just enough to get past Fisher in the homestretch to the delight of the home crowd. 

  • Weini Kelati and Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico push the pace in the women’s race. Both have trouble maintaining the tempo in the second half, but Kelati is still able to win her first NCAA title. 

  • The deep women’s battle is as advertised with New Mexico, Oregon, Villanova, Colorado, Boise State and Arkansas all finishing within shouting distance of each other. Oregon, on their strength of their third, fourth and fifth runners, prevails.  

  • Three freshmen finish in the top 20 of the women’s race led by Arkansas’ Katrina Robinson.  

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How To Watch The 2019 DIII NCAA Cross Country Championships Live

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FloTrack will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Division III NCAA Cross Country National Championships. The DIII NCAA Championships will take place on Nov. 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. The broadcast will begin with the men's race at 10:45am EST, followed by the women's race at 11:45am. Sign up today to watch all three NCAA XC Championships live and get access to all of FloTrack's pre and post-race coverage. A subscription also gives users access to MileSplit and all of the events and premium content across the network of 25 FloSports sites.

How To Watch The 2019 DII NCAA Cross Country Championships Live

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FloTrack will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Division II NCAA Cross Country National Championships. The DII NCAA Championships will take place on Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California. The broadcast will begin with the women's race at 1:00pm (EST) and the men's race at 2:15pm. Sign up today to watch all three NCAA XC Championships live and get access to all of FloTrack's pre and post-race coverage. A subscription also gives users access to MileSplit and all of the events and premium content across the network of 25 FloSports sites.

Seven Lingering Questions Ahead Of NCAAs

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The NCAA fields are set and for the most part we have a good idea of who will be contending for the team and individual titles in Terre Haute. But several crucial questions still remain.

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2019 DIII NCAA XC Championship Qualifiers

Below are the team and individual qualifiers for the 2019 DIII NCAA XC Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, per NCAA:

2019 DI NCAA XC Individual Qualifiers

Here are the individual qualifiers for the 2019 DI NCAA XC Championships per the NCAA:

Great Lakes Champ Aaron Bienenfeld To Skip NCAAs In Favor Of German Champs

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University of Cincinnati senior and 2019 DI NCAA Great Lakes XC Regional champion Aaron Bienenfeld has elected to skip next Saturday’s NCAA XC Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, in favor of the German U23 Cross Country Trials, according to his school’s athletic website.

2019 DI NCAA XC Official Team Qualifiers

Here are the official 2019 DI NCAA XC Championship team qualifiers: