(INDIANAPOLIS) - Walsh had a lot to be excited about on Selection Monday as both men's and women's cross country teams are officially in the national championships in two weeks. Of course the women were automatic qualifiers after their third place finish at the regional championships, but the men had to wait until this afternoon after finishing fourth.
Only the top three teams in each region are guaranteed a spot in the national championships, but the men had quite the resume to punch their ticket. Not only did they win the G-MAC Championship, Walsh's first team championship in any sport since joining Division II, but they have constantly been ranked in the top 25 all season and were No. 19 as of the last national rankings.
It will be the men's second appearance in the national championship as a Division II member. Two years ago, they finished No. 23 in the national championships held in Joplin, Missouri.
The women have quite a bit to be excited about as well. The talented group was most recently ranked No. 10 in the nation and were as high as No. 9. On top of that, this will be the women's first appearance in the national championships as a team since 1982.
That year was the first season in Cavaliers' history for women's cross country. Walsh went on to finish 13th. The Maroon and Gold were members of the NAIA during that time.
The national championships will be ran on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Indiana. Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corporation will serve as hosts.