#16 W&M Men's Cross Country to Race at NCAA Championships Monday
WILLIAMSBURG - The 16th-ranked William and Mary men's cross country team will take on the nation's best Monday afternoon at the NCAA Championships. The national meet is being hosted once again by Terre Haute, Indiana, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The Tribe is one of just five teams to make the NCAA meet each of the past 14 years, and ranks 18th in NCAA history with 25 team appearances. Race time is scheduled for 12:48 p.m. Eastern.
William and Mary rose to No. 16 in the final USTFCCCA poll of the season, rising three spots on the strength of its win in the region championships.
This Goes to 11
William and Mary won its 11th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title on October 30th, as seven runners placed in the top-12 for all-conference honors. Zach Gates was the individual medalist, and led a Tribe sweep of the top three spots.
CAA Runner of the Week
Chas Gillespie won two Runner of the Week accolades this season, after leading the Tribe at both the Paul Short Invitational and Pre-National Invitational.
Last Saturday, W&M won its third consecutive Southeast Region title with an 85-116 effort over Duke and the field. It marked the first-time that the College has ever won three district/regional titles in a row, after posting back-to-back efforts in 1966-67 and 1970-71.
The Tribe placed all five scoring runners on the all-region team, and the sixth runner was one spot away from joining them. It marked the fifth time in the last six years taht at least five runners were named all-region.
Region Coach of the Year
Stephen Walsh was named Coach of the Year for the Southeast Region, after leading the Tribe to the region title last weekend. He is the fourth W&M head coach to earn regional honors, and the first to do so in his first season.
In Good Company
The College is one of just five schools to attend every NCAA Championship since 1997, sharing the honor with national powerhouses Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. Overall, the Tribe has been represented either by a team or individuals in 33 of the 46 years since 1963.
The Tribe has won 33 conference titles in the past 55 years, 15 in the Southern Conference and 18 in the CAA. In the same era, 33 athletes have claimed individual crowns, 17 in the Southern Conference and 16 in the CAA.
18, and Counting
W&Mís 18 CAA titles is the second-most league championships in a single-sport ever in the CAA. The Tribeís womenís tennis team currently holds the record with 20 of 26 conference titles contested.
Conference Triple-Crown Winner
The CAA doesnít sponsor indoor track, but W&M still leads the nation in conference triple-crowns with eight in a row. From February 1966 until October 1975, a stretch of 27-straight championship meets, the Tribe never lost a Southern Conference title. Included in that run were eight consecutive years of winning the crown in cross country, indoors, and outdoors, as well as the 1966 indoor and outdoor track titles, and the 1975 cross country championship.