Jacob Phillips Set to Compete in NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship Meet
INDIANAPOLIS - After a solid performance at the NCAA Mideast Regionals, Swarthmore College senior Jacob Phillips qualifies to compete November 17th at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. The team and individual qualifiers was announced Sunday afternoon by the NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Track and Field Committee.
This will be Phillips second consecutive appearance in the NCAA championship; last season he finished the 8K course in 25:23.68 to place 114th out of 279 runners.
The Garnet cross country and track and field programs have been represented at the highest NCAA championship level seven times in the past four years; Phillips' journey next weekend marks the eighth time in four years.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions.
Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Sixteen additional teams were selected at-large.
Fifty-six individuals, the first seven athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in each championship.
The men's race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 17th and the women's portion will follow at noon.