NCAA Championships Guide

Posted: 21 November by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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The NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place Monday at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., and two Heps teams and five other individuals will be hoping for the run of their lives. The women’s six-kilometer race — featuring the Princeton team as well as Cornell’s Devin McMahon and Columbia’s Caroline McDonough — will begin at 12:08 pm followed 40 minutes later by the men’s title chase. Again, the Princeton team will run in the men’s race along with Harvard’s Dan Chenoweth, Columbia’s Tom Poland and Yale’s Jeff Perrella.

Here is everything you need to know in advance:

Click here to watch the races live
Click here for a FloTrack video preview of the LaVern Gibson Course
Click here for the ‘In-Their-Own-Words” Heps men’s preview
Click here for the ‘In-Their-Own-Words” Heps women’s preview
Click here for the Heps history at the NCAA Championships

And, of course, as soon as the data is available online, it will be available here at HepsTrack.com.

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Comments
  1. Erik Roth says:

    Thanks, Brett, for posting this and thus allowing us to view the live telecast of the NCAA Cross Country Meet.
    But two aspects of that coverage compel criticism in hope that both will be corrected in the future. (Unfortunately, I tuned in too late to see all but the sprint to the finish of the exciting women’s race, so the following comment pertains only to the men’s race.)
    First, throughout the race, repeatedly the live view was blacked out to post a tally of the presumed team standings at those points. Such incessant and insufferable distraction from the live action for a projected standing cannot be excused. That general information could have been supplied verbally without the sacrifice of cutting away from the scene. Moreover, that interpretation of how the competition was unfolding would have been far more keen by showing how specific team members were jostling for position, not taking several critical seconds away from our view to put up a graphic on screen.
    Second, after the first two men crossed the finish line, incredibly the camera continued to follow them (and even failed at that), while neglecting to show us the next few finishers as they crossed the line. Hey, there was a race still going on! What was the camera operator thinking? This was truly intolerable. Whoever directed that ought to be fired, or flogged, or both.

  2. Brett says:

    Erik,

    I agree that the live stream left much to be desired. The interview with Meb in the middle of the race was unwarranted. Unlike football or baseball, cross country has a relatively short span of continuous action.

    And I was yelling at my laptop as we watch Chelanga and Sambu stand around after finishing. I knew that Leung, Cabral and Chenoweth were all in the top 30 after 8k and I wanted to see the finish.

    I do think that the high winds played a role in some of the problems with the stream, but the NCAA definitely has the resources to plan ahead and do much better presentation. I was particularly dismayed that it takes hours and hours to post results online. Heps had results posted within minutes, but the NCAA regionals and nationals both took in excess of three hours.

    It seems to me that there is a huge future market for outfits that can handle on-line event coverage for events with wide interest. I will admit, I have a growing interest in that.

    Best wishes,

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