JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2021) – It’s not often many collegiate athletes get to compete at the NCAA Championship once, but for ETSU’s Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) she will get to experience it twice in the same calendar year.
After making her NCAA Cross Country Championship debut back in March, the Buccaneer All-American is back at it yet again, as Stallworth is set to make her second straight appearance at nationals this Saturday.
Stallworth will run the 6K course at the Appalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla., starting at 10:20 a.m. The race will be televised live on ESPNU and streamed online through the ESPN App. In addition to watching the race live, fans can also access live results here.
The 2020 Southern Conference Runner of the Year earned a qualifying spot in this NCAA Championship after finishing eighth at last Friday’s NCAA South Regional with a personal best time of 19:59.84. Stallworth, who earned all-regional honors following the meet, had to wait an extra day to see if she qualified as the top four runners ahead of her were from a non-qualifying team until the entire field was set on Saturday evening. Fortunately, then-No. 11 Alabama – who had three runners place in the top seven spots – earned an at-large bid, opening the door for Stallworth to become the first Buccaneer female cross country runner to make back-to-back appearances at the National Championship.
In March, Stallworth placed 38th with an overall time of 20:58.5 at the 2020 championships held in Stillwater, Okla. The race was pushed to the spring due to COVID protocols. Stallworth became the first ETSU female cross country runner to earn All-American honors as she sprinted past 34 runners in the final 1000m to earn the accolade.
Stallworth has experience running on this course as the 2018 South Regional meet was held in Tallahassee. The Knoxville, Tenn. native finished 52nd overall with a time of 21:43.8.
This season, Stallworth has led the Bucs in all six meets, posting one win and four top-10 finishes. Stallworth also set her fastest 5K and 6K times as a collegiate runner in the fall of 2021. To go with her mark at the regional meet last weekend, Stallworth ran 16:59.8 on the 5K course at the Louisville Classic on Oct. 2. Stallworth’s win came at the Golden Eagle Invitational back on Oct. 15 where she crushed the field by over 46 seconds for her third collegiate win.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in the women’s championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large. Thirty-eight individuals were 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 regions.
For more information on ETSU women’s cross country, visit ETSUBucs.com.