Utah Valley men's cross-country senior Tyson Lambert received an automatic individual bid to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 18, in Louisville, Kentucky, in the national championship selection field released Saturday afternoon.
A product of Grantsville, Utah, Lambert becomes the second runner in UVU's program history to earn a trip to the national championships. Former Wolverine Joshua McCabe made NCAA Championships appearances in the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
"I'm so excited to get this opportunity to go to nationals," said Lambert, who will complete his cross-country career in the biggest race of the year. "It's been my goal every year, and every season I've come up a little short. Last year I was 30th and the year before that I placed 41st, so I'm glad that I finally made the national championship qualifying in my final year."
The individual trip to the national championship race comes on the heel's of Lambert's All-Region selection with a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional race that featured the nation's top-ranked Northern Arizona among seven nationally ranked opponents.
"It is an amazing feat for Tyson," said Utah Valley head coach Scott Houle, who has coached Lambert throughout his career. "He came out of high school a good runner and has turned himself into a great runner for us in his time here at UVU by putting all the hard work in. It's always nice when an athlete does that work and has a goal that becomes a reality, so I'm really excited for him."
With his latest achievement, Lambert caps a history-making senior campaign where he etched his name in Utah Valley history as the school's first-ever runner to go undefeated during the regular season. Among his four regular-season victories, Lambert earned first-place finishes against some of the nation's top talent at the UC Riverside Invitational and the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.
Lambert will compete in the men's 10K championship race on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. MT, at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Louisville.