Madden advances to NCAA Championships

Madden finished first at the Big West Conference Championships (Oct. 28), and 16th at the NCAA West Regional Championships on Friday (Nov. 10).
Nov. 13, 2017

2017 NCAA Championships 
Hosted by Louisville
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
Louisville, Kent.
Women's 6K: 10:45 a.m. E.T.
Men's 10K: 11:45 a.m. E.T.
Meet Information: 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships

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DAVIS, Calif. -- From winning the individual title at the Big West Conference Championships to earning the 2017 Men's Athlete of the Year award, graduate student Thomas Madden continues to add to his list of accomplishments in his debut season on the UC Davis cross country team as he is one of the four individual qualifiers from the West Region to advance on to the postseason NCAA Championships on Nov. 18, hosted by the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kent.

The Front Royal, Va., native has paced the UC Davis men's squad in every meet he's raced in during the 2017 season, but it was his strong regional finish last Friday (Nov. 10) at the NCAA West Regionals, finishing his 10K race in 16th place with a time of 29:52.2 at Washington's Jefferson Park Golf Course, that secured his spot in the postseason competition.

The course hosting the 79th annual NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championships will be Louisville's E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The day will begin with the women's race at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by the men's race at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time. A live stream of the event will be broadcasted, starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time until the conclusion of the awards ceremony, through FloSports, but a monthly subscription ($19.99) or an annual subscription ($150) is required.

To be eligible to participate in the championships as an individual, a runner on a non-qualifying team must place within the top 25 in their respective region. With the UC Davis graduate student's 16th place finish at the NCAA West Regionals, he had the opportunity to be one of the 38 individuals selected to participate at this postseason event. From the West Region in specific, the four individual qualifiers, aside from Madden, were Cal Poly's Swarnjit Boyal, and California's Trent Brendel and Garret Corcoran.

Along with the 38 individual qualifiers scheduled to race at the NCAA Championships, 31 teams in total are scheduled to participate at the NCAA Championships (253 individuals in total), with 18 of those teams being the top two, seven-person teams that automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, while the remaining 13 teams were selected via an at-large selection process.

Madden has become the second Aggie male to advance to this Division I national meet, with the first being Jonathan Peterson, who was a qualifier in both his 2010 and 2011 season.

As the Front Royal, Va., native prepares for the NCAA Championships, the rest of the Aggie cross country runners from both the men's squad and the women's squad have concluded their 2017 competition season. 

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