Nov. 16, 2012
BERKELEY - Sophomore Kelsey Santisteban will compete in the 33rd annual NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The 6,000-meter race is set to begin at 9 a.m. (PT).
The sophomore earned her spot in the sport's most prestigious event after she placed eighth in the NCAA Cross Country Regionals at the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. last Friday. Santisteban completed the 6,000-meter course in a season-best time of 19:15 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions for a total of 18 teams. An additional 13 teams were selected at-large.
Santisteban joins thirty-seven individuals who were selected to participate in the NCAA Championships through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top-25 in their region.
This is the first time in NCAA history that the Division I cross country championships will take place in the state of Kentucky.
The Cal women competed as a team in the NCAA Championships last season, placing 18th overall. All-Americas Deborah Maier and Chelsea Reilly led the way for the Bears in the event. Maier placed 11th overall, covering the 6000 meters on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in 19:53.3, to claim her second All-America certificate. Reilly ended the day in 24th with a time of 20:11.2. No Cal runner had finished among the top 25 since Sabrina Han was 21st in 1990, but the Bears had two on the afternoon.