UPDATE: Due to inclement weather expected for the Louisville area and after taking the safety and well-being of the student-athletes into consideration, race has been moved up to 9 a.m. from its previously scheduled start time of 10:45 a.m.
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s cross country team is headed to Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend to take part in its Ivy-League record 12th NCAA Championship Meet.
The Big Green will line up alongside 30 other Division I teams from across the nation, competing for a national title at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in the Blue Grass State’s largest city. Race time is set for 9:00 a.m.
Dartmouth earned the right to compete at the national level in the final meet of the year thanks to a second-place finish Friday morning at the NCAA Northeast Regional in suburban Buffalo. In doing so, the Green and White earned the second automatic berth, joining first-place Providence as the two regional teams to leave knowing they would be headed to Kentucky the following weekend.
The Dartmouth women and Princeton’s men were the lone two teams to punch their tickets to nationals on Friday as the Tigers qualified by winning the East Regional in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. However, the Big Green are the only Ancient Eight team from the women’s side to qualify with Princeton and Yale sending just one individual runner apiece.
Sophomore Julia Stevenson (22:04) and junior Olivia Lantz (22:17) were ninth and 13th, respectively, earning all-region honors in western New York and playing an instrumental role in the team’s success.
The team from Hanover will begin in starting box 33 between San Francisco and Iowa State.
In earning a berth to nationals and the Princeton women just missing out, Dartmouth broke the tie with the Tigers, who also had 11 all-time NCAA appearances coming into this year. The Green now stand alone atop the Ivy women’s leaderboard with 12, trailing only the Dartmouth (19) and Princeton (14) men for the most in conference history.
The NCAA will provide a free video feed stream for Saturday’s race. Live, updating results will also be available during the race.