INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore Patrick Watson and junior Langston Gash of the Stevenson University men's cross country team were officially selected to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship, the NCAA announced Sunday afternoon. The pair are the first two Mustang cross country runners to compete at the NCAA national championship.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship is slated for Saturday, November 18 at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois and hosted by Principia College. The men's 8K championship race is slated for a noon Eastern start.
A total of 32 teams and 56 individuals were selected to compete at the championship. The top two teams in each of eight NCAA regionals held Saturday were automatically selected, while the remainder of the field was selected across the eight regions by the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country committee.
Watson finished 11th at Saturday's NCAA Mideast Regional meet held in Newville, Pennsylvania, while Gash finished 13th overall. Watson knew following Saturday's meet that he would advance, as the sixth-best finisher among non-advancing teams, while Gash was eighth. With Johns Hopkins selected as an at-large team from the regional, Gash moved to seventh as one Blue Jay runner finished ahead of him.
As a team, the Mustangs placed seventh at the Mideast Regional, their highest-ever finish.
NCAA cross country fans can watch the live stream of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships as FloTrack Pro subscribers for a monthly price of $19.99 or an annual price of $150. The subscription will include access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video ondemand from all events, documentaries, technique videos and more. Coverage of the championships will be available starting at 12 p.m. Eastern time until the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Saturday, Nov. 18, and can be accessed at www.FloTrack.com.