INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in the history of Castleton University Athletics, the Spartan men's cross country team will be represented in the NCAA Division III Championship, as senior Grandon Smith has been selected to compete for the National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18, in Elsah, Ill.
Coming off an 11th place finish at the Division III New England Region Championship on Saturday, Smith was one of 56 individual qualifiers in the country, and one of seven from the New England Region selected to race for the national title.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championship, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions. 32 teams were selected to participate in the championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. 16 additional teams were selected at-large.
56 additional individuals, the first seven student-athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in the championship.
Smith is putting a stamp on his illustrious four-year career for Castleton, tallying five first-place finishes in seven races this season, including his second straight North Atlantic Conference Championship and NAC Runner of the Year honor. The four-time All-NAC senior also took first place at the Vermont State Meet, which featured No. 15 Middlebury, a team that received an at-large bid to the National Championship.
Principia College is hosting the National Championships on Saturday at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Ill. The eight-kilometer men's race of 280 runners will begin at 12 p.m. Eastern time. To view the full NCAA release, click here.