CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The NCAA announced Saturday (Nov. 12) that the Virginia women’s cross country team has earned an at-large bid to the 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Nov. 19) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The selection comes following an impressive postseason performance from the Cavaliers. On Friday, Virginia placed third at the southeast regional behind NC State and North Carolina as they missed out on the automatic qualifying spots by just once position. The performance comes just two weeks after the ACC Championships in which Virginia again finished third, beating North Carolina in a head-to-head race.
The NCAA Championships will be held Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday, Nov. 19. It will be streamed live on ESPNU beginning at 10 a.m.
- With the women’s at-large selection, this season becomes the first since 2015 that both the Virginia men’s and women’s teams will compete at the national championships
- The 2015 season also marks the last time that the Virginia women made an appearance in the national championships – The Cavaliers finished 15th that season
- The UVA women have won two national championships in the program’s history (1981, 1982)
- Head Coach Vin Lananna’s last NCAA Cross Country title came in 2008 with the Oregon men’s program
- Lananna has won five NCAA cross country titles in his time with Stanford and Oregon
- The Virginia men qualified automatically with a second-place finish at their regional championship on Friday (Nov. 11)
Panorama Farms & XC23
After serving as the host site for the 2022 ACC Championships, the next major championship meet set to be run at Panorama Farms will be the 2023 NCAA Championships in November of next year.