Ortiz and Bass Qualify for NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships
Nov 17, 2016
WOMEN – 11 am EST
MEN – 12 pm EST
Directions: E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced the team and individual qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The University of Dubuque's Fabiola Ortiz (Sr., Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North HS) and Alec Bass (Jr., Spring Green, Wis./River Valley HS) earned individual qualifying spots by where they placed at last week's cross country regional. At NCAA x-country regionals Fabiola Ortiz 6th overall in 22:14 (UD women finished 19th as a team overall); Alec Bass placed 7th overall in 25:41 (UD men finished 22nd as a team overall).
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions.
Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Sixteen additional teams were selected at-large.
Fifty-six individuals, the first seven student-athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in each championship.
Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission are hosting the championships November 19 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time followed by the men’s race at Noon Eastern time.
"I am overjoyed to finally be taking the trip to Nationals, thank you to all the ladies i have run against in the past, present, and the ones I have not yet had the honor of running against" commented Ortiz. "Thank you in advance for giving your best thus forcing me to look within myself to compete well. As for the company, I guess Bass isn't the worst to be stuck in a car with for 8 hours."
Both of UD's qualifiers had their season's best times at the Iowa Conference Championships on October 29th. Ortiz ran a 22.05, which broke her previous school record, while Bass was one second off of the school record with a time of 25.15.3.
"I'm really excited for another opportunity to race against the best in the country this upcoming weekend. I will represent UD the best I can and try to have fun with it because opportunities like this don't come around very often" said Bass. "I'm very thankful for the support group I have around me and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."
This marks the first time in NCAA history that the Division III cross country championships will take place in the state of Kentucky, as well as the first time Spalding has hosted a national championship since joining the NCAA in 2009.
Tickets/Spectator Parking: Parking will be onsite at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Spectator traffic will enter the park via the Westport Road entrance. Upon arrival, spectators will be charged $10 per person for entry.
No pets (unless service dog) or bikes are allowed at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.
12 pm – 3 pm; Practice at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
10 am – 3 pm; Practice at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
1 pm – 3 pm; Packet pickup at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Recreation Building.
3 pm – 3:30 pm; Coaches meeting in Sawyer-Hayes Community Center located at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Recreation Building.
6:30 pm; 2016 NCAA Division III Championship Banquet at the Galt House Hotel located at 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
9 am; Gates Open
11 am; Women’s 6K Race
12 pm; Men’s 8K Race
After men’s race; Awards Ceremony (will take place directly in front of video board near finish line.)
|MEN’S INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS|
|Justin Zorn||Union (New York)|
|Ryan Bugler||St. John’s (Minnesota)|
|Mark Fairley||Central (Iowa)|
|Jovan Newsum||Saint Mary’s (Minnesota)|
|Tanner Brown||Nebraska Wesleyan|
|John Sotos||Ohio Wesleyan|
|Sam Merriman||Case Western Reserve|
|Daniel Christiansen||Grove City|
|Tanner Osing||Augustana (Illinois)|
|Daniel Borash||Wisconsin-River Falls|
|Will Dudek||Wesleyan (Connecticut)|
|Jackson Goodwin||Sewanee (University of the South)|
|Robert Hiegel||Bridgewater (Virginia)|
|Brad Hodkinson||Pacific Lutheran|
|Liam Monheim||Lewis & Clark|
|Peter Callan||Colorado College|
|Blake Slattengren||Lewis & Clark|
|Paul Colosi||UC Santa Cruz|
|WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS|
|Natalie Cooper||The College of New Jersey|
|Anne Peterson||Rochester (New York)|
|Mary Baughman||SUNY Cortland|
|Lauren Perschetz||Plattsburgh State|
|Abrah Masterson||Cornell College|
|Casey Hovland||St. Scholastica|
|Rachel Moline||Cornell College|
|Sarah Fowler||Ohio Wesleyan|
|Aparna Alavilli||Carnegie Mellon|
|Erin Artz||St. Norbert|
|Morgan Marek||Wisconsin-Eau Claire|
|Callie Fischer||Wisconsin-Eau Claire|
|Taylor Domro||St. Norbert|
|Jess Cardin||Westfield State|
|Ashley Curran||Connecticut College|
|Isabella Franz||Connecticut College|
|Molly McCullough||Trinity (Texas)|
|Marissa Coombs||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Samantha Yates||Washington and Lee|
|Stephanie Spencer||Pacific (Oregon)|
|Shannon McClish||UC Santa Cruz|