CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s cross country team will once again compete against some of the best in the nation when it runs at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country West Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 15 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, Calif. The women’s 6K begins at 11:45 a.m. as every top team in the West will be vying for a spot on the starting line of the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
The meet, which is being hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission, will feature student-athletes from 37 universities in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle.
Oregon State, which is ranked 15th in the West Region, last ran at the Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 22, coming in 11th. Kinsey Gomez was the Beavers’ top finisher in that race, crossing in 23rd with a time of 22:27. She was OSU’s highest finisher at the Pac-10/12 Championships since 2005, when Ashley Younce came in 22nd overall.
Oregon State’s seven entries have some familiarity with the course, as they all competed at the NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree hosted by Sacramento State in early October. That race was also held at Haggin Oaks, but was only 5K and not the championship 6K they will run tomorrow. Gomez, Weber, Cavalluzzo, Width and Martinez were the Beavers’ scorers in that race, all finishing in the top 50 individually and helping OSU to a fifth-place tie out of 19 teams.
OSU will start from box 10 between Portland and UC Riverside. The field features six women’s teams that are among the top 25 in the country, including four Pac-12 teams in the top 20 (Arizona – No. 1; Washington – No. 12; Oregon – No. 15; Stanford – No. 18).
The West Region is one of nine regional races held on Friday across the country. The first- and second-place teams at every Regional earn automatic advancement to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23. After those 18 teams are identified on both the men’s and women’s sides, an additional 13 teams will earn at-large bids.