Nov. 8, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The UT Arlington men's and women's cross country teams will be participating in the 2012 NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championships on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. The UTA men's team enters the meet ranked sixth in the region, while the women are 15th in the poll.
"We're excited to compete at the regional meet," head coach John Sauerhage said. "Both teams have prepared well, trained well and are ready to run their best races of the season."
The regional meet serves as a gateway event to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships, which will be contested Saturday, Nov. 17, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The top two teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team receive an automatic berth into the national meet. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process.
Three nationally-ranked teams are featured in the men's race - No. 5 Texas, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 29 Texas A&M. Along with the three ranked teams, the top-five poll in the South Central region includes McNeese State at fourth and Lamar at fifth.
The women's field includes two nationally-ranked schools, No. 12 Arkansas and No. 22 Texas. The remainder of the top five teams in the regional rankings are SMU, LSU and Texas A&M.
The South Central region is comprised of teams from three states--Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas--and consists of programs from eight different conferences in the Big 12, Conference USA, Great West, Southeastern Conference, Southland, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference.
Including Fayetteville, there are nine NCAA Division I regional sites. The other host sites this season are Madison, Wis. (Great Lakes); University Park, Pa. (Mid-Atlantic); Springfield, Mo. (Midwest); Fort Collins, Colo. (Mountain); Madison, Conn. (Northeast); Tallahassee, Fla. (South); Charlotte, N.C. (Southeast); and Seattle, Wash. (West). All nine regional meets will be contested Friday.
The Mavericks are familiar with Arkansas' Agri Park course after competing at the Chile Pepper Festival last month. The women's 6K race will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) while the men's 10K competition is set for a 12:15 p.m. start.
Race results will be posted to BranchSportsTech.com.
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