Ortiz and Bass Qualify for NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships

Nov 17, 2016

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WOMEN – 11 am EST

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MEN – 12 pm EST

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DirectionsE.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

Course MapsMen 8K | Women 6K

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.)

Region/ Individual School
James Bailey RIT
Jeremy Hernandez Ramapo
Jonathan Pelzar RIT
Sean Phillips Ithaca
Kevin Veltre Rowan
Henry Whipple Hamilton
Justin Zorn Union (New York)
Issac Jensen Luther
Ryan Bugler St. John’s (Minnesota)
Mark Fairley Central (Iowa)
Jack Lindquist Wisconsin-Superior
Jovan Newsum Saint Mary’s (Minnesota)
Alec Bass Dubuque
Tanner Brown Nebraska Wesleyan
Great Lakes
John Sotos Ohio Wesleyan
Mason McKinney Wabash
Polo Burguete Depauw
Sam Merriman Case Western Reserve
Dominic Patacsil Wabash
Zach Batt Depauw
Andrew Bill Albion
Ernie Pitone Widener
Will McDermott Widener
Ben Taber Gettysburg
Daniel Christiansen Grove City
Jaryd Flank Muhlenberg
Benjamin Schott Messiah
Corey Mullins Muhlenberg
Iam LaMere Wisconsin-Platteville
Brett Harms Wisconsin-Whitewater
Matt Wubben Wisconsin-Platteville
Tanner Osing Augustana (Illinois)
Tyler Miletti Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Daniel Borash Wisconsin-River Falls
Devin Sauvola Wisconsin-Stout
New England
Tim Nichols Tufts
Luke O’Connor Tufts
David Chelimo Colby
Will Dudek Wesleyan (Connecticut)
Nicholas Walker Bowdoin
Ryan Stender Brandeis
Daniel McSolla Wentworth
Nathan Riggers Centre
Christopher Roberts Birmingham-Southern
Josh Shaw Lynchburg
Jackson Goodwin Sewanee (University of the South)
Robert Hiegel Bridgewater (Virginia)
Drew Smith Lynchburg
Timothy McOmber Birmingham-Southern
Brad Hodkinson Pacific Lutheran
Liam Monheim Lewis & Clark
Patrick Loftus Willamette
Peter Callan Colorado College
Blake Slattengren Lewis & Clark
Paul Colosi UC Santa Cruz
Abhinav Nagpal Redlands
Region/ Individual School
Natalie Cooper The College of New Jersey
Emma Jones RIT
Anne Peterson Rochester (New York)
Cassandra Hrusko Stockton
Alicia Belko Stockton
Mary Baughman SUNY Cortland
Lauren Perschetz Plattsburgh State
Audrey Miller Loras
Abrah Masterson Cornell College
Casey Hovland St. Scholastica
Ashlyn Bagge Wartburg
Kimber Meyer Macalester
Fabiola Ortiz Dubuque
Rachel Moline Cornell College
Great Lakes
Sarah Fowler Ohio Wesleyan
Jessica Shaw Albion
Claire Lamb Otterbein
Mariah Jordan Manchester
Kaitlyn Arnold Alma
Claudia Monnett Depauw
Linnea Halsten Oberlin
Meg Brockett Moravian
Jamie Pacilio Muhlenberg
Emily Latimer Waynesburg
Morgan Jones Wilkes
Sarah Hughes Moravian
Katie Latimer Waynesburg
Aparna Alavilli Carnegie Mellon
Erin Artz St. Norbert
Morgan Marek Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Chelsey Heiden Wisconsin-Platteville
Jackie Schane Aurora
Callie Fischer Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Natasha Zanoya Edgewood
Taylor Domro St. Norbert
New England
Katherine Treanor Amherst
Jess Cardin Westfield State
Sarah Kelley Bowdoin
Ashley Curran Connecticut College
Emily Bryson Brandeis
Isabella Franz Connecticut College
Caitlin Lawlor Colby
Serena Gale-Butto Centre
Molly McCullough Trinity (Texas)
Danielle Patterson Berry
Kerri Dalton Roanoke
Marissa Coombs Virginia Wesleyan
Annie Rodenfels Centre
Samantha Yates Washington and Lee
Maya Weigel Pomona-Pitzer
Olivia Mancl Willamette
Stephanie Spencer Pacific (Oregon)
Julissa Tobias Whittier
Shannon McClish UC Santa Cruz
Roxanne Valle Occidental
Lauren Hamilton Pomona-Pitzer