The Chadron State cross country runners will be competing at the South Central Regional Championships at Canyon, Texas, on Saturday. Seven men and seven women will represent the Eagles.
The eight regional meets across the country provide the only path for either teams or individuals to qualify for the national meet, which will be on Nov. 18 at Evansville, Ind.
CSC coach Brian Medigovich said the top three teams from both genders at each regional meet will automatically qualify for nationals. In addition, eight teams that have run extra well at the regionals will get at-large nods to run again at nationals.
Besides the members of the teams that earn trips to nationals, the top two runners from non-qualifying teams in each race at regionals and eight others whose times were exceptional regardless of their region will advance to the national showdown.
The South Central Region contains 36 teams. Medigovich anticipates that each of the teams that automatically qualify for nationals from the region will be Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference members.
Medigovich said in order for any of the Eagles to qualify for nationals, they “will have to run the best race of his or her life.” That happened last year when Alejandro Garcia claimed one of the at-large slots.
The coach said his main desire for the Eagles is that “we run better than we did at the RMAC Meet.” CSC hosted the conference extravaganza that drew more than 300 runners two weeks ago.