INDIANAPOLIS – Bridgewater College sophomore runner Jamie Hiegel has qualified to compete as an individual in the NCAA Cross Country National Championships announced on Sunday.
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, sevenperson 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.
At the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships, Hiegel clocked a time of 26:00.09 to finish 14th overall and earn his second consecutive All-Region award.
The Richmond, Va., native has had an exceptional second-year campaign after garnering ODAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. He won an individual championship at the Hornet Harrier Invitational (Sept. 24), was named ODAC Runner of the Week and claimed first team All-Conference accolades at the ODAC Championships (Oct. 29).
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.