Tasmin Fanning qualifies for NCAA Championships
Junior placed third in southeast regional
November 12, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Tasmin Fanning qualified for her second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced.

Fanning earned All-Southeast Region honors for the third cosecutive year by finishing third out of 225 runners in last Saturday's regional, and led the Hokies to a fifth-place finish among a 31-team field with a personal-best 6k time of 20:05.05.

At last season's national meet, Fanning placed 77th overall and 61st in the team scoring with a 21:55 6k time to lead the Hokies to 18th place in the school's first-ever team appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Thirty-eight individuals, the first four athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team and two additional qualifiers, were selected to participate in each championship. All individual qualifiers must finish in the top 25 in their region.

In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions.

Indiana State University will host the national meet next Monday on Terre Haute, Ind.'s LaVern Gibson Championship Course. The race will begin at 12:55 p.m., and coverage will be provided live on CSTV.