Westfield State's Cardin Qualifies for the NCAA DIII Women's Cross Country Championships

Westfield State's Cardin Qualifies for the NCAA DIII Women's Cross Country Championships

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State University senior Jessie Cardin (Sutton, Mass. / Sutton Memorial) qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championship meet in Elsah, Illinois next Saturday after placing 15th individually at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships this weekend.
 
Cardin was also named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference women's cross country runner of the week award Monday. This is her sixth time she has been named the MASCAC cross country runner of the week this season and the 22nd time in her career.

The NCAA announced the selections via press release on Sunday afternoon.  In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions. 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. Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Sixteen additional teams were selected at-large.

Cardin will be running in the championship meet for the third consecutive year. She earned All-America honors in 2015 by finishing 20th in the nation.
 
Principia College is hosting the championships Nov. 18th at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois. The men's race will begin at 12 p.m. Eastern time followed by the women's race at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.
 
Cardin covered the 6k course at the New England Regional in Gorham, Maine, on Saturday in a time of 21:38. Her top 35 finish at the regional meet earned her All-Region Honors, which were announced today by the USTFCCCA.

Release courtesy of Westfield State Sports Information