INDIANAPOLIS - Fort Hays State distance runner Regan Hodsden has qualified to compete in the 2022 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championships, announced Monday. Hodsden earned her spot after placing 15th at the Central Region Championships on Saturday, finishing as the second-highest individual not on a national-qualifying team.
Hodsden will compete with 264 other runners in the 6-kilometer race at Chamber's Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. on Friday, December 2 beginning at 1:15 p.m. CT (11:15 a.m. PT). The full field is made up of 34 teams and 27 individuals. Fort Hays State is one of four MIAA programs represented in the women's race, with Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State all selected as a team.
This is the eighth time Fort Hays State has sent a competitor to the national cross country meet during Dr. Jason McCullough's tenure, while Hodsden is the sixth individual to qualify for nationals during that time.
Hodsden has been a strong performer all fall, finishing in the top 15 at every race so far this season. The sophomore from Mitchell, Neb. earned All-MIAA honors after finishing sixth at the league championships before picking up All-Region honors thanks to her 15th-place finish over the weekend.
The Colby CC transfer is no stranger to competition at the national level after earning second team All-American status with a ninth-place finish at the NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 2021.