Christian Escareno To Compete in Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships

Providence, RI- The NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Committee recently announced the team and individual qualifiers for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. Brown junior Christian Escareno was among the thirty-eight individuals selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region. The last individual qualifier for Brown was on the women’s side when Smita Gupta ‘08 placed 69th in 2007.

“We are ecstatic that Christian has made nationals as an individual,” said Head Coach Craig Lake. “It was his goal all season to do so. Escareno is the first guy to qualify from Brown since 2004 when Jeff Gaudette finished 28th in the nation to earn All-American honors and Pat Tarpy finished in 68th. Christian’s ideal goal would be to finish with All-American honors by placing amongst the top 40.”

Indiana State University will host the Championships, Nov. 23, at LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The men’s race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the women’s race at 12:58 p.m. Both championship races will be broadcast live on Versus Network and streamed online via NCAA.com.

Check out a recent interview with Christian Escareno on Windy City Running.