Doan to Race in NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, Saturday
Liberty’s Calli Doan will cap off an impressive season by racing at the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, Saturday morning at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.
The women’s 6K is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. during the meet’s first time ever to be contested in Florida.
How to Follow Doan’s Progress
The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be televised live on ESPNU, with coverage set to begin at 10 a.m.
Live results, featuring in-progress splits and team scores, will be provided by PrimeTime Timing.
Saturday’s weather in Tallahassee calls for a high in the low-70s under partly cloudy skies. At race time, it should be in the low-60s.
Checking Out the Course
Although Saturday will mark the first time the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships have been contested at Apalachee Regional Park, the course regularly hosts championship competitions.
Last Friday, the FHSAA Cross Country Championships took place at Apalachee Regional Park. The 2021 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships will be held at the venue on Dec. 11.
This will be Doan’s third and final race at Apalachee Regional Park in 2021. During both previous visits, she has set a new 6K personal best.
Doan clocked a then personal-best time of 20:38.9 for 13th place at the FSU Winter Cross Country Classic on Feb. 5.
Most recently, Doan posted the second-fastest 6K clocking in program history (20:05.0), earning a seventh-place finish at the FSU XC Invite/Pre-Nationals on Oct. 15.
How She Got Here
Doan earned individual qualification to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships by virtue of her fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, last Friday in Louisville, Ky.
She became the Lady Flames’ first individual qualifier to this meet since 2015 (Ednah Kurgat). Kurgat (second place) is the only Liberty women’s runner ever to finish higher than Doan’s fourth-place showing at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships.
An Apex, N.C., native, Doan has placed inside the top seven at all five of her races this fall. Prior to the regional meet, she came in second at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational (Sept. 10), seventh at the Roy Griak Invitational (Sept. 24), seventh at the FSU XC Invite/Pre-Nationals (Oct. 15) and first at the ASUN Cross Country Championships (Oct. 30).
Doan’s first individual victory at the ASUN Cross Country Championships led Liberty to its second consecutive team title. Her winning 5K time of 16:57.4 set a new program record and ranks No. 2 in meet history.
Doan will compete at her second NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships of 2021. She was part of Liberty’s first-ever team appearance at the event during the 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. That meet took place on March 15 in Stillwater, Okla.
Doan was Liberty’s No. 2 finisher that day, placing 85th with a 6K time of 21:25.3. Her efforts helped the Lady Flames place 26th nationally as a team.
Doan will become just the second Lady Flame ever to make multiple appearances at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Her coach, Heather (Sagan) Zealand, competed as an individual in 2000 and 2001.
What’s at Stake
A top-40 finish on Saturday would net the first All-America honor of Doan’s collegiate career.
Kurgat is the Lady Flames’ lone NCAA Division I All-American in women’s cross country to date, thanks to her 12th-place finish in 2015.
The second-highest finish by a Lady Flame by this meet was 59th place by Zealand in 2000.
The Liberty women’s cross country 6K record stands at 20:04.9, as set by Adelyn Ackley at the FSU XC Invite/Pre-Nationals on Oct. 15.