ELMHURST, Ill. – Eight Summit League teams will be represented at NCAA Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11, with an opportunity to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships on the line.
Races will feature Summit League squads competing at two separate regionals, the Great Lakes in Madison, Wis., and the Midwest in Iowa City, Iowa. Great Lakes races start at noon CT for the women and 1 p.m. for the men. The Midwest races begin at 11 a.m. CT for the women and noon for the men.
The top two teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams (must have finished within the top 25 of the region) automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, set for Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large process following the regional competition.
Five Things To Know for NCAA Regional Championships
1) Fort Wayne (M/W) and IUPUI (M/W) entries compete in the Great Lakes Regional. North Dakota State (M/W), Omaha (W) Oral Roberts (M), South Dakota (M/W) and South Dakota State (M/W) have entrants in the Midwest Regional.
2) Two men's teams, Summit League Champion South Dakota State (No. 6 in the Midwest) and runner-up IUPUI (No. 9 in the Great Lakes), enter The Summit League Championships with USTFCCCA Regional Rankings.
3) Summit League Champion South Dakota is No. 13 in the women's Midwest Region rankings.
4) Summit League men's runner-up Joel Reichow of South Dakota State is seeking his second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance after finishing 36th and earning All-American status last season.
5) The Summit League looks to equal its record for most women's individual qualifiers (two) for the third consecutive year. The league set a record for individual qualifiers in 2011 when three men reached the NCAA Championship.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.