Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to appear at the annual NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11 in Iowa City, Iowa. Story Links Midwest Regional Central Junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) leads Drake’s woman’s team in the Regional meet. Cofer recently finished 28th at the MVC Championship in the 5-kilometer course. For the bulk of the women’s team, this will be their first NCAA Regional competition as Cofer has helped lead a roster that features seven underclassmen. Last year at the NCAA Regionals, Cofer was the fifth Bulldog across the finish line on a veteran-laden team. Drake senior, Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has led the men’s team this season and recently won the 2016 MVC Championships. With the conference title, Fischer became the 13th Bulldog to become an MVC Cross Country Champion and earned the MVC Elite 18 award. Last year, Fischer finished 20th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in the men’s 10-kilometer event with a time of 24:31.8. The Midwest Regionals, along with other regional championships conducted throughout the country, will determine which teams athletes will qualify to compete in the NCAA Championships set to take place in Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend. The top two teams from each region and top four individuals not on qualifying teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships.The women’s 6k is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s 10k race following at noon as the Ashton Cross Country Course. The race will be the first 10k of the season for the Drake men’s team. With nine states making up the Midwest Region, Drake will see plenty of competition and a deep field vying for a potential spot in the NCAA field.