This Weekend in Cross Country - November 19
Of the nine CIF sections in California, three section finals are left to qualify teams and individuals to the California State Meet in Fresno the following Saturday. CIF North Coast is on Saturday, November 19 at Hayward High School in Hayward, CA. Los Angeles City Championship is on Saturday at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA. CIF Southern Section will have their finals at Mt. SAC in Walnut, CA on Saturday.
NW Elite High School Showcase - November 19
Lakewood High School - Marysville, WA
Athletes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington meet up on the Hole in the Wall course at Lakewood High School. This is an opportunity for athletes to conclude their cross country season or tune up for Champs Sports Cross Country Meet (formerly Footlocker) or NXN. The top girls in the elite race include Tali Braester of Lincoln (WA), Rebecca O'Keefe of Skyline, Alexis Leone of Seton Catholic, Ella McGillis of Central Catholic, Katherine Yahn of Issaquah and Katelyn Galloway of Stadium.
The boy's elite race have a number of NW stars like Matthew Thomas of Blackfoot (ID), Zack Munson, who qualified last week for NXN, of Sehome, Caden Swanson of Jesuit, Ethan Pedersen of Eastlake, Brady Hartley of Walla Walla and Conner Wirth of Emerald Ridge.
Look for a photo gallery of the meet!
NCAA Division 1 Championship - November 19
Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course, Stillwater, OK
Women (7:20am PT). Men (8:10am PT). Watch on ESPNU or the ESPN App.
North Carolina State will attempt to defend their title with a number of contenders in their way. Oklahoma State women will be racing at home and can win the meet and New Mexico had a 12 second spread at Nuttycombe earlier this season. Individually, North Carolina State's Katelyn Touhy and Kelsey Chimiel went 1-2 in their regional and are factors. Taylor Roe, Natalie Cook and Billah Jepkirui of Oklahoma State will have the home course advantage. Parker Valby of Florida is running fast times this year and Mercy Chelangat of Alabama and Ceili McCabe of West Virginia will be going for the win on Saturday.
Stanford's talented men's team is favored to win on Saturday. NAU has won five of the last six NCAA championships and have the experience to push Stanford. Home team Oklahoma State is another threat to win and BYU has depth to challenge. Individually, Stanford trio of Charles Hicks, Ky Robinson and Cole Sprout will be up front. Nico Young of NAU, Alex Maier of Oklahoma State, Victor Kiprop of Alabama and Dylan Jacobs of Tennessee will also be in position to win.