The Tennessee women’s cross country team’s streak of consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championship meet remains intact.
The Lady Vols received word Sunday night from the selection committee they were one of 13 women’s teams receiving an at-large bid to the national meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20.
The team finished third at Saturday’s NCAA South Regional at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville and will be making its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Championships. The selection marks its 10th overall appearance at the meet.
They have advanced to the NCAA Championship meet during all five years of coach J.J. Clark’s tenure at Tennessee. The program also made the NCAA cut in 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990 and 1998. Clark’s squad finished 28th a year ago in Terre Haute.
Tennessee represents one of four South Region schools making the 31-team women’s field. Region champion Georgia, runner-up Florida and fourth-place finisher Florida State are the other South Region schools drawing invitations.
Other at-large invitees include Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Providence, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Weber State.
In addition to Georgia and Florida, the automatic qualifiers include Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Georgetown, Illinois, Iona, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Princeton, Stanford, Texas Tech, UC Santa Barbara and Wisconsin.
Indiana State University will once again host the NCAA meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The women’s 6000-meter race is scheduled for noon Eastern Time, with the men’s 10,000-meter competition following at 1:15 p.m.