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    If you're passionate about it, have you thought about creating a spreadsheet of all these college barefoot runners and their wins/places?
     
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    Would be difficult to do because none of them have gone barefoot the entire season because of the various courses and their footing, along with ever changing weather, playing into some different decisions by the runners as to whether to run in shoes or run barefoot from one meet to the next.
     
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    Some possibilities for minimalist/barefoot racing this weekend with NCAA D1 regionals on Friday(October 10th).
    Here they are:
    South(Tuscaloosa, AL). Nicole van der Merwe South Alabama
    Southeast(Earlysville,VA). Lisha van Onselen Coastal Carolina
    Mountain(Logan,UT). Nokuthula Dlamini Texas Tech

    There could be others, depending on the conditions and footing.
    I know the NJCAA men's and women's nationals are going on in Tennessee(D3 men/women) and Iowa(D1 men/women).No D2 at that level.(Just the way they set it up.)

    Hope that there is some barefoot competition this weekend.
     
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    Forgot this,but it might be a long shot. NIRCA national meet is in East Lansing,MI. NIRCA is, TJ, a national organization of running clubs at the college level that compete just the same as normal college cross country teams. They usually don't encourage runners to compete barefooted, but they can at their own risk for possible injury legally. Very rare to see barefoot/minimalist runners at this level,but it's been done. Actually, TJ, a young lady from Pittsburgh ran one of the class level races in her socks. Yes,SOCKS! Happened last year after 3 guys representing 2 different schools competed at nationals the previous year in bare feet! As I said,it's risky with regard to possible injury depending on footing on the course.
     
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    Let me correct something I posted earlier. The national meet in Tennessee is the NCCAA nationals,not the NJCAA nationals. NJCAA D3 nationals were in New York last weekend & D1 is in Iowa as posted earlier. Want to make sure that no one gets confused and calls me out for mixing up meets and sites. Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    We have one sighting, TJ, for this weekend so far. Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen competed in her race barefooted today and finished 55th.She was the highest finisher for her team. There is a picture of Lisha w/ her bare feet on the Facebook page. It was taken from the Eastern Kentucky cross country team's Twitter feed as part of a separate post.

    Will check on others as the weekend goes along. I know that Lisha's coach (Zola Budd Pieterse) will post an album on Facebook in the next couple days,most likely. More to come later on.
     
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    Late, but...another sighting.Nicole van der Merwe of South Alabama finished 112th at the NCAA South Regional XC women's race.Oh, she ran the race in her barefoot-like toe shoes as well.
     
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    Tomorrow (November 18th) is the last chance for the possibility of any barefoot running at nationals for the season. Nobody in D1, but California Baptist's Leanda du Bruyn may run her final college race as a senior barefoot,depending on weather. Her race is starting early due to expected inclement weather in Evansville, IN. All 3 NCAA divisions have nationals along with the NAIA nationals in Vancouver, WA. Don't know if anyone in D3 is possible; only possibility in NAIA could be Jazmine Garcia of Our Lady of Lake University. She ran barefoot at last year's national meet, but has not run barefoot at all this season. It is her last meet as a senior as well. Don't know if she will go shoeless or not.
     
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    Grand Valley State's cross country SmugMug page has posted pics from NCAA D2 nationals women's race. California Baptist's Leanda du Bruyn did run her final career race in her bare feet and finished 75th overall.
     
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    I have posted the 2 pictures that were found of Leanda running barefoot on the Facebook page. Was not surprised that she competed barefoot in her last career XC race.
     
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    Our Lady of Lake's Jazmine Garcia did not go shoeless at NAIA national meet in Vancouver on Saturday.Still waiting for official photo gallery from meet from a different photography site to see if anyone else went shoeless at all.
     
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    Be sure to post some pictures.
     
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    Went through all the posted photos from the race. Unfortunately no one in the race ran shoeless at all.Can't help you out to finish out the 2017 season. Looking forward to 2018!
     

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