Release: 2017 Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship Qualifiers Announced

NEW YORK—Columbia Women's Cross Country is headed back to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time since 2005 after receiving an at-large selection from the NCAA on Saturday. 

Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship.  The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams.  Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.

University of Louisville will host the championships, Saturday, November 18, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park located in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Columbia finished fourth in the Northeast Regional on Friday in Buffalo, and had to wait until Saturday to find out if the team would receive an at-large selection. 

This season, the Ivy League Champion Lions finished in third place at the Sam Bell Invite on September 30, behind Michigan and Indiana, who were ranked No. 4 and No. 14 respectively at the time. On October 13, Columbia placed 12th at the Wisconsin Invitational behind 11 top-25 ranked teams. The Lions won the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on October 27 at Van Cortlandt Park. 

Columbia joins Dartmouth as the two Ivy League schools to represent the league in the women's race at the NCAA Championships.

Follow @ColumbiaXCTF on Twitter all week long as the team gets ready for Louisville.