NCAA Women's Division I Cross Country Championship
|Current season, competition or edition:
2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships
|Most recent champion(s)||Michigan State (1)
Kate Avery, Iona
The NCAA Women's Division I Cross Country Championship is the cross country championship held by the National Collegiate Athletic Association each autumn for individual runners and cross country teams from universities in Division I. Teams and individual runners qualify for the championship at regional competitions approximately a week before the national championships. The championship has been held annually since 1981. The reigning national champions are the Michigan State Spartans.
Teams compete in one of nine regional championships to qualify, where the top two teams automatically advance and thirteen additional teams are chosen as at-large selections. In addition to the 31 teams, 38 individual runners qualify for the national championship.
The Division I national championship race included 13 teams in 1981, 16 teams from 1982 to 1988 and 22 teams from 1989 to 1997. Beginning in 1998, the national championship race has included 31 teams.
The race distance from 1981 to 1999 was 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Since 2000 the race distance has been 6,000 meters (3.7 miles).
Cross country was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA conquered the AIAW and usurped its authority and membership.
Villanova University has won more NCAA Division I women's titles (9) than any other school, followed by Stanford University with 5. Brigham Young University and North Carolina State University have competed in the most NCAA Division I women's championships (25). Villanova has had the most individual NCAA Division I women's cross country champions (9).
- List updated through the 2014 Championships.
Most team appearances
- Best Team Score: 35
- Virginia (1981; Eileen O’Connor–3, Lesley Welch–4, Lisa Welch–6, Jill Haworth–8, Marisa Schmitt–15)
- Most Individual Titles: 3 (tie)
- Best Individual Time, 5,000 meters: 15:59.86
- Best Individual Time, 6,000 meters: 19:27.9
- Pre-NCAA Cross Country Champions
- AIAW Intercollegiate Women's Cross Country Champions
- NCAA Women's Division II Cross Country Championship (from 1981)
- NCAA Women's Division III Cross Country Championship (from 1981)
- NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship (from 1938)
- NCAA Men's Division II Cross Country Championship (from 1958)
- NCAA Men's Division III Cross Country Championship (from 1973)
- "NCAA Championship Qualifying Criteria". U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- Division I All Time Championship Records and Results. NCAA. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- NCAA Men's Cross Country All-Time Championship Records & Results . Accessed 12 February 2011.