SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB men's and women's cross country teams are headed to Sacramento, CA to take on the West in the 2016 NCAA West Regional. Hosted by Sacramento State, the competition will take place at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The men will step up from their conference distance of 8,000m to a 10,000m course. The women will remain at the 6,000m distance.
The UCSB men enter the competition ranked twelfth in the West Region after a breakthrough Conference performance. The UCSB women have been ranked as high as 11th during the regular season but fell out due to missing some key performances in the final week of rankings. Both teams look to make a statement and put together a complete team performance Friday morning.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL RUNDOWN
Where: Haggin Oaks Golf Course is the official name of the site.
When: Women's 6,000m Championship 11 AM, Men's 10,000m Championship 12 PM
There are 32 men's teams and 37 women's teams in the field.
How to Qualify To Nationals
The qualifying process for the NCAA Championships has many tiers. It is a complicated process but here is a breakdown of how it works:
The top-two teams from each NCAA Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship
The top four individuals not on qualifying teams will advance as long as they finish in the top-25.
Thirteen teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA Subcommittee on Saturday, November 14th for at-large selections. The Subcommittee will use a variety of data to make their picks, including regular season performances at bigger competitions.
UCSB WEST REGIONAL PREVIEW
Coming off a "complete team performance" quoted by Head Coach Pete Dolan at the 2016 Big West Championships, the Guacho men hope to carry this momentum into this meet and be contenders to finish among the top 10 teams. Frontrunners Adam Avila and George Baier plan to establish themselves up front early while key scorers Carlos Guijarro, Jackson Bright, and Austin Lay will work together to finish as high as they can in the top 1/3 of the race. Avila, Baier, and Guijarro all bring West Regional racing experience as they were part of the 8th place team last year that sent two individual qualifiers to the NCAA Championships.
The Gaucho women were not satisfied with their Big West performance last week and will race to prove they are the team they demonstrated themselves to be mid-season. Number one girl Jenna Hinkle will be mixing it up with the leaders to chase a individual bid to the NCAA Championships while her team of Kelsey O'Connell, Miranda Ross, Katie Camerena, Celeste Wilson, Isa Marshall, and Tori Yanco will rise up to help the women chase a Top 10 placing. Hinkle and O'Connell bring regional experience into this race, as they helped the women placed 20th last season. Their improvements this year indicate they are capable of leading their team to a much higher result.
Live Results: There is a link on there to follow RTSPT on twitter for more live updates
Early Entries: These will be finalized at the coaches meeting on Thursday evening.
Meet Home Page: All the info you would need will be available on the championship page here.
Course Map & Parking: Men's 10k and Women's 6k maps as well as map of the facilities and parking.