Nov. 13, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS - The Washington State men's cross country team was one of the 13 at-large men's teams selected Sunday to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 at Terre Haute, Ind.
Eighteen teams advanced to the field of 31 as automatic qualifiers, having finished in the top two at the nine regions. Another 13 at-large teams were selected from around the country based on wins and points scored against teams that reached automatic qualifying. The Cougar men finished an impressive fourth at the NCAA West Regional Championships Nov. 12 at Stanford, with Andrew Kimpel and Jono Lafler taking 14th and 16th places respectively. WSU also captured a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 30.
This is the first Pete Julian-coached Cougar team to advance to the national championships, in his three seasons directing the WSU program. Washington State and Cal Poly were at-large men's teams selected from the West Region with Stanford and Portland taking the automatic bids.
The WSU men were an at-large team at the 2006 NCAA Championships where the Cougars finished 29th.
Additional information regarding the Cougar men's cross country team and the NCAA Championships meet will be released Tuesday, Nov. 15.