STILLWATER, Okla. – The Virginia men’s and women’s cross country programs are set to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Nov. 19) as both teams have qualified for the first time since the 2015 season. The women’s 6k will begin at 9:20 a.m. followed by the men’s 10k at 10:10 at the Griner Family Cross Country Course.
How to Watch
The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be broadcast on ESPNU and will also be streamed through the ESPN app and at WatchESPN.com for customers who have ESPN as part of their television subscription. Live results are also available and links to both the live broadcast and live results are available at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAtfcc).
The Virginia men secured automatic qualification for the NCAA Championships as a result of their second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky. on Friday (Nov. 11). The men bested the ACC Champion Wake Forest, edging the Demon Deacons by just five points to land qualification.
The Virginia women finished third in their regional behind reigning NCAA Champions NC State, as well as ACC rivals North Carolina. Despite missing the automatic qualifier, Virginia earned an at-large bid based on its regular season results.
Virginia in the Rankings
In the most recent USTFCCCA cross country poll, Virginia’s men and women both check in at No. 16 nationally. The women’s highest ranking this season was No. 12 while the men have climbed as high as No. 13.
- The Virginia men return to the NCAA Championship meet for the first time since the 2019 season
- The women’s last appearance in the NCAA Championships came in the 2015 season
- The last time UVA’s men’s and women’s teams both qualified for the NCAA Championships was in 2015 – The men finished 22nd while the women finished 15th
- The highest-ever combined finish for the UVA Cross Country program came in 2013 when the teams combined for 23rd. (Men 13th, Women 9th)
- Virginia’s women have won two cross country titles (1981, 1982) in the first two seasons of the women’s program
- The Cavalier men’s highest NCAA finish came in 1984 when UVA finished fifth marking the only time the UVA men have placed in the nation’s top 10
- The Virginia women have cracked the top 10 on four occasions
- The Virginia men have not had an All-American since the 2018 season while the last All-American honor for the UVA women came in 2013
- Head Coach Vin Lananna has won five NCAA Cross Country Championships during his time at Stanford and Oregon
- His last title came with the Oregon men in 2008