Coach Harkins of Yale has boxed up the start at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., for the NCAA Northeast Regional. Both the men’s 10k and women’s 6k courses are flat and almost entirely run on grass. Here’s the men’s course map. And here’s the women’s course.
For the men, there are three ranked teams — No. 4 Iona, No. 14 Syracuse and No. 22 Columbia — but only two earn the automatic berths to nationals. The Northeast women feature four ranked teams, starting with No. 8 Cornell, the Heps champ. The others are No. 16 UConn, No. 20 Providence and No. 27 Boston College.
Heps champion Princeton, at No. 13 nationally, is the top-ranked men’s team in the Mid-Atlantic while No. 24 Georgetown is the only other ranked squad. The Mid-Atlantic women have three ranked teams in No. 9 Georgetown, No. 15 Penn State and No. 25 Villanova.
The top two teams at each regional will earn an automatic berth to the Championship, slated for Nov. 17 at the Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Thirteen other teams (each gender) will receive ‘at-large’ spots to the national championship. Additionally, the top four runners from each region who are not on a team that qualified for nationals will run for the individual title in Louisville as well.
These two regionals share start times — the women at noon and men at 1:15 pm.