Kentucky will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional, hosted by Winthrop on Friday. The name of Friday’s game will be qualifying for the NCAA Championships, to be run on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The women’s 6,000-meter race is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, and the men’s 10k will go off at noon.
The top-two teams at each regional championship punch an automatic bid to NCAAs.
In addition to the 18 automatic bids coming from the nine regional meets to be held around the nation on Friday, another 13 at-large bids will be extended Saturday based on 2018 competition résumés – based largely on head-to-head.
The top-four individual regional finishers not on advancing teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Individual at-large bids can also be extended. Those at-large bids will be announced with the full NCAA Championships field on Saturday.
The southeast region includes all Division I universities in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
On the men’s side and No. 16 Eastern Kentucky, No. 20 Furman are the teams ranked in the USTCCCA Coaches top-25.
In the women’s competition, No. 11 NC State and No. 16 Furman are ranked.
The Furman men’s team and NC State women’s team were Southeast Region Champion in 2017.
The UK men’s cross country team placed third at the Southeastern Conference Championships two weeks ago.
The UK men’s squad is ranked No. 7 in the Southeast Region entering Friday’s competition.
The UK men’s team placed eighth at the 2017 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The UK women’s cross country team placed eighth at the Southeastern Conference Championships two weeks ago.
The UK women’s squad is ranked No. 9 in the Southeast Region going into Regionals.
The Kentucky women’s team placed 11th at NCAA Southeast Regionals in 2017.
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