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IU cross-country teams qualify for NCAA Championships



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Then-junior, now senior, Maggie Allen runs in the Sam Bell Invitational on Sept. 30, 2017, at the IU Championship Cross-Country Course. Allen and the Hoosiers qualified for the NCAA Championships.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The IU men’s and women’s cross-country teams earned at-large bids to the NCAA National Championships, announced Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross-Country Committee. 

Thirty-one teams were selected to compete in the national meet. Eligibility was automatically awarded to the top two teams in each of the nine regional competitions, making up the first 18 teams. The additional 13 teams were selected by the committee to round out the field. 

The IU men and women both placed fifth in the Great Lakes Regional, and their performances in a competitive race were strong enough to qualify.

It's the first time since 2013 that both teams qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the same year. 

Leading the IU teams were senior Maggie Allen and junior Kyle Mau, who both finished first for the Hoosiers. Allen took eighth place in the women's 6K, and Mau placed fourth in the men's 10K.

The University of Wisconsin will play host to the championships Nov. 17 at the Thomas Zimmer Championship cross-country course in Madison, Wisconsin. The women’s race will begin at 11:45 a.m. followed by the men’s race at 12:45 p.m. 

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