The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced Sunday, March 7, the qualifiers for the 2020-21 Cross Country National Championships. The cross country championships, usually held in the Fall in late November, were postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The championships will be hosted by Oklahoma State University at their recently updated OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater on Monday, March 15. The meet will be held two days after the indoor track and field championship meet wraps up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a three-hour drive from Stillwater.
Division I National cross country championships qualifying spots are usually handed out automatically to the top-2 team finishers and top-4 individual finishers per gender at nine regional meets, and an additional 13 team and a handful of individuals are selected as at-large qualifiers based on their regional and the season’s other meet performances. Things are much different this school year as some schools were able to compete in a few races in the Fall while focusing on the indoor track season this Winter, while others didn’t compete in cross country races until this Winter as cross country meets were held to give teams and athletes the chance to compete and show-off their ability. The spread of Covid and precautions forced some schools and conferences not to compete at all. Covid precautions allowed for some conference meets, but not regional meets, and qualification was left to the selection committee with weight given to top conference finishers and individuals and teams with victories over other strong runners and teams.
A total of 31 teams and an additional 38 individuals were selected for the championships per gender and Missouri natives, former prep athletes, or current Missouri collegians are well represented.
Name Year School
Hometown High School Previous School Individual or Team qualifier
Devin Meyrer RSSr Michigan Wildwood, MO Lafayette High School Baylor, Individual
Kieran Wood RSSr Mizzou Cambridge, England, Road Hills Sixth Form College Individual
Ben Naeger Sr Belmont Ste. Genevieve, MO Ste. Genevieve High School Saint Louis Un Individual
Wes Porter Fr Virginia Kansas City, MO Rockhurst High School Team
Reed Sahadevan RSSR Tulsa St. Charles, MO. Christian Brothers College (CBC HS) Team
Blake Selm RSSo Purdue Ballwin, MO Parkway West High School Team
Sarah Chapman SR Mizzou Maidenhead, England Newland’s Girls School, Previous College? Individual
Caitlin Klopfer RSSR Tulsa Ballwin, MO Parkway South High School Team
Maddie Hill So Iowa State Liberty, MO Liberty High School Team