For the second year in a row, Tommie Men's Cross Country has received one of 16 at-large berths into next Saturday's NCAA Championships, this year in Louisville. The 32-team race starts at noon Minnesota time on Nov. 23.
Coach Pete Wareham's squad, ranked No. 25 nationally, was MIAC runner-up two weeks ago and placed fourth out of 28 teams at regionals on Saturday.
The Tommies have a team in the NCAA field for the third time in six seasons and the 27th time in program history.
Last season, the Toms placed 30th at nationals. They will have four returners from that seven-man lineup, led by senior Karl Wachter, 76th last year in the national race at Oshkosh, Wis. So far this month, Wachter placed third in the MIAC race and sixth out of 201 runners in the regionals.
It will mark the first national meet for senior George McGivern, the first alternate on the 2018 national team. McGivern has moved up from the team's No. 8 runner last year to No. 2 this season. He has placed ninth at the MIAC meet and 15th at regionals so far in November.
Freshman Zach Haire of Breckenridge, Minn., also will make his NCAA meet debut. He has given Wareham's team a huge lift in his first fall of college racing. Haire placed 16th at MIACs and 32nd at the regional.
Sophomore Biel Wiel has placed 13th at MIACs and 33rd at regional.
Sophomore Mac Karrick was the team's No. 5 runner at the MIAC meet but missed the regional with an injury. Senior Collin Kiley, junior Carl Kozlowski and sophomore Keegan Sansone round out the Tommies' current top seven.