Nov. 18, 2002
Washington's women's cross-country team was given one of 12 at-large invitations to the 2002 NCAA Cross-Country Championships, the NCAA announced Monday. The Huskies, ranked 21st in last week's FinishLynx women's cross-country rankings, will be making their sixth-consecutive trip to the national meet.
The Husky women placed fourth at last weekend's NCAA West Regional Championships, at which the top two teams received automatic invitations to the NCAA Championships, Nov. 25 in Terre Haute, Ind. At-large selections were then awarded based on a combination of several components, including regional finish, strength of schedule and quality wins.
"Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to toe the line at the national meet," said cross-country coach Greg Metcalf, who has guided Washington's women to NCAA appearances in each of his six years with the program. "It's always an honor to be able to run at the NCAA's, against the nation's elite teams. Our team has worked extremely hard this year, and will be ready to go come Nov. 25."
The Huskies have competed on the NCAA course in Terre Haute once already this season, placing 11th in the Pre-National Meet on Oct. 19. Washington placed 14th at last year's NCAA meet in Greenville, S.C., and boasts a best-ever finish of ninth at the 1998 NCAA Championships.