Notre Dame Cross Country | Nov. 21, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
The University of Notre Dame cross country squads are not unfamiliar with the NCAA Championships. Both the men's and women's teams head to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend for the national event, and it will be the men's fourth consecutive appearance and the women's third.
Head coach Joe Piane explains that participation in the NCAA Championships has a long history at Notre Dame. Since 1987, the men's team has participated either as a team or by sending individuals to the meet every single year.
"Out of the last 26 years, there's been just five years where we had an individual but not the team at the NCAAs. An interesting stat--there's only one team in the country that's been to the NCAAs in cross country more than us and that's Wisconsin," Piane says of the men's team. "So we're ranked second in the number of appearances in the NCAAs in cross country since its conception. So there's a lot of history here."