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Senior Kaylin Belair led UT to its third-straight MAC Championship on Oct. 27.

No. 18 Toledo Seeks Third-Straight NCAA Championship Bid

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 11/07/2012
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Toledo, OH - Fresh off their third consecutive MAC championship title, the No. 18 Toledo women's cross country team will try to keep their momentum going as they head to Madison, WI, along with the UT men's team, for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday. The women's 6K race will start at Noon, while the men's 10K race will begin at 1:15 p.m. at Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.

The top two teams in both the men's and women's race will earn automatic bids to the NCAA championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, KY. Should the UT women earn one of the top spots, it would be their third-straight appearance as a team at the NCAA Championships. There are also 13 at-large spots, which are awarded based on regional placing and head-to-head competition throughout the season. The top four individuals in each region whose team did not earn a bid also qualify to compete.

Toledo's women's squad has earned one of the coveted at-large bids to the championship meet in each of the past two seasons, finishing third overall in both regional races. They enter Friday's race as the third-ranked team in the region behind No. 6 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State. The UT men's team finished 15th at last year's regional meet.

Both UT teams are coming off the MAC Championships that were held on Oct. 27.

The UT women claimed their fifth title in program history in historic fashion, scoring a conference-low 24 points to break their previous record of 33 points scored in last year's race. Eight of the nine Toledo runners earned All-MAC honors while Head Coach Kevin Hadsell was named the MAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career (third straight). Toledo became the first school to win three consecutive MAC titles since Ohio won five-straight crowns from 1987 to 1992.

In the men's race, Toledo tallied 186 points to finish in eighth place as a group. They faced a more challenging run with the course already worn down from the rain during the opening women's race.

The UT women's team already has a good showing at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course under its belt this season. The Rockets raced in the prestigious Wisconsin Adidas Invite a month ago on Oct. 12, finishing tied for 13th place out of 48 teams. Toledo's top-five scoring runners became the first group in MAC history to all run under 21:00 in the same race.

Follow the team's Twitter account (@UTXCTRACK) and the UT Athletics' Twitter account (@UTRocketsDotCom) for the latest updates. Also, visit www.utrockets.com for more information.

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