Enriquez Selected For NCAA Cross Country Championships
Nov. 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Long Beach State junior Chris Enriquez was selected to participate for the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track & Field Committee announced on Saturday.
Enriquez finished in 10th place on Friday at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, covering the 10,000-meter course at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in a time 29:55, finishing the same time behind Big West Conference men's champion Chris Frias of Cal Poly.
The Downey, Calif., native finished 20 seconds behind individual champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon as he led the group of 187 runners to a time of 29:35. Enriquez finished behind four runners from the Pacific-12 Conference as Stanford had runners place second and third and Oregon came away with the champion Cheserek and fifth.
Enriquez became the first 49er in over 25 years to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.
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 in their region.
"Chris prepares as well as any athlete I have been around," 49er distance coach Patrick Wales-Dinan said. "We made this race the primary goal for the season and geared all of his preparation toward being ready for the 10K. On race day, he executed a flawless race plan and finished ahead of some of the best athletes in the nation. He's ready to compete with anyone."
The NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships hosted by Indiana State, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's race is slated for a 9 a.m. (PST) start.
Men's Individual Qualifiers
South Central Region
Men's Automatic Qualifying Teams
Men's At-Large Teams