Three UK Runners Qualify for NCAA XC Championships

By Jacob Most

Nov. 10, 2012 -

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three University of Kentucky cross country runners have been selected to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday.

Cally Macumber, Chelsea Oswald and Luis Orta will all take part in the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

Macumber and Oswald qualified for the NCAA Championships by virtue of their first and third-place finishes respectively at the Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday.

Orta was added to the field as an at-large selection after he ran a time of 30:08.32 at Regionals.

Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 at their respective Regionals.

Macumber, the 2012 SEC Champion, and Oswald will be the first Wildcats to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Kentucky qualified as a team in 2008. They are the first individual qualifiers for the Wildcats since Allison Grace in 2005.

Kentucky has already competed in two meets at Sawyer Park this season. The women’s race will begin at noon ET, followed by the men’s race at 1:15 p.m. ET.