Every autumn, the U.S. collegiate cross country season culminates in the NCAA Division I National Championship meet. Weeks of regular-season, conference and regional meets build to a pinnacle as an elite group vies for national team and individual titles.
The men’s NCAA Division I meet began in 1938, and the women’s meet began in 1981. In 2012 the meet was moved to the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. The 2012 meet was held on November 17, the earliest date the meet had ever been held (it was held on November 19 six times). From 1968 to 2011, the race was held on the Monday preceding Thanksgiving. The race was held on the Monday after Thanksgiving in the years of ‘38, ‘40, ‘41, ‘49, ‘50, ‘51, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘56, ‘61, ‘62 & ‘67. Prior to 2012, the race was held on a Saturday only three times: before Thanksgiving in '42; after in '44 & '45. In '63 the race was delayed a day until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in the wake of the Kennedy Assassination the previous Friday.
Formal qualification to the NCAA through a series of District (eventually Regional) meets began in 1972.
This archive (follow links below) encompasses the entire spectrum of the Division I meet, including full results of every competition, photo galleries of individual winners, and a collection of statistics.
Kirk Reynolds of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and T&FN’s Managing Editor Sieg Lindstrom compiled the archive. Questions or corrections may be directed to Kirk Reynolds, who also keeps the Div. III history and archive.
Thanks go to myriad Sports Information/Media Communications departments nationwide for providing results and/or photos.