One Team, 7 Individuals to XC Nationals

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And the Ivy League representation at the NCAA Cross Country championships continues.

The Ivy League will be sending 1 team and four seven individuals to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. that will take place on November 22nd.

In the Northeast Region, the Dartmouth women did not secure an auto-team bid like m any pundits predicted, but their 3rd place team finish helped them still get a ticket to Terre Haute for NCAAs.  Iona and Providence earned the automatic berths, going 1 and 2 respectively.  Dartmouth’s third place showing was boosted by having two in the top 10 – Dana Giordano (8th) and Sarah Delozier (9th).

Columbia was the 2nd best Ivy team for the day, finishing in 7th place, followed by Brown (8th), Cornell (9th), Yale (10th), and Harvard (11th).

Yale’s Kira Garry is the lone individual Ivy qualifier we have from the Northeast Region – she finished 11th overall and as the #2 individual qualifier from the region.

The Ivy women finishers in the top 30 of the Northeast Region:

8th – Giordano, 20:24.09
9th – Delozier, 20:26.47
11th – Garry, 20:30.04
16th – Caroline Kellner (Cornell), 20:48.75
18th – Molly Renfer (Harvard), 20:54.81
21st – Lucy Van Kleunen (Brown), 20:57.07
22nd – Taylor Spillane (Cornell), 20:57.28
27th – Natalie Schudrowitz (Brown), 21:05.99
29th – Reid Watson (Dartmouth), 21:11.38
For the Northeast men races, Yale’s Kevin Dooney finished 3rd overall and as the top Ivy finisher.  This high finish let Dooney head back to Terre Haute for his second consecutive NCAA XC appearance.  He will be the lone Ivy male from this Region going to NCAAs  CORRECTION: Dooney will be joined in Terre Haute by Columbia’s Jack Boyle (13th) and Daniel Everett (16th), and Harvard’s Tom Purnell (17th).  All of the individual male qualifiers from the Northeast Region will be Ivy Leaguers and all competed at the 2013 National XC race.
The top Ivy team was Columbia, which finished in 4th place, followed by Cornell (5th), Harvard (6th), Yale (7th), Brown (8th), and Dartmouth (9th).  Syracuse and Providence claimed the two automatic team berths.
The Ivy men that finished in the top 30 at the Northeast Regional:
3rd – Dooney (Yale), 30:30.12
13th – Boyle (Columbia), 30:39.91
16th – Everett (Columbia), 30:44.13
17th – Purnell (Harvard), 30:46.12
19th – Dominic DeLuca (Cornell), 30:52.24
20th – Jordan Mann (Brown), 30:54.65
21st – Tait Rutherford (Columbia), 30:57.98
22nd – Brian Eimstad (Cornell), 30:58.57
24th – David Melly (Cornell), 31:00.61
25th – Will Geiken (Harvard), 31:01.75
27th – James Randon (Yale), 31:06.19
30th – Casey Adams (Columbia), 31:12.34

In the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Princeton women were in contention for an auto-berth at the 2-mile mark, but Georgetown and West Virginia surged in the final miles to claim the top 2 team spots.  Princeton finished 3rd, led by Megan Curham‘s 4th place finish.  The Penn women finished 6th in the team standings, led by their twins Cleo and Clarissa Whiting in 19th and 20th places.

Curham will be be the lone Ivy woman from the Mid-Atlantic Region making the trip to NCAAs.

The Ivy women finishers in the top 30 of the Mid-Atlantic Region:

4th – Curham (Princeton), 20:28
19th – Cleo Whiting (Penn), 21:10
20th – Clarissa Whiting (Penn), 21:12
25th – Natalie Rathjen (Princeton), 21:17
For the men, Penn’s Thomas Awad earned another top-5 Regional finish, finishing in 3rd place and as the top Ivy.  He will return to NCAAs for the second straight year and be the lone Ivy representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The Princeton men needed a top 2 finish to make it to NCAAs, but they finished in 4th today, behind Villanova, Georgetown, and Penn State.  The Penn men finished in 6th place.
The Ivy men finishers in the top 30 of the Mid-Atlantic Region:
3rd – Awad (Penn), 30:21
10th – Sam Pons (Princeton), 30:25
11th – Michael Sublette (Princeton), 30:26
18th – Matt McDonald (Princeton), 30:39
23rd – Connor Paez (Penn), 30:47
24th – William Bertrand (Princeton), 30:48
25th – Eddie Owens (Princeton), 30:50

But that is not all – we have a number of Ivy graduates who have also qualified for NCAAs, but for their graduate school.

Harvard alum Maksim Korolev, now running for Stanford, made history out in the West Region by managing to outkick defending NCAA XC champion Edward Cheserek (Oregon) to hand Cheserek his first cross country loss since 2013 Pre-Nationals.  Korolev might be the first runner to have ever won two different Regional titles as he won the Northeast Regional last year.  Stanford would finish 3rd as a team at the West Regional and earned an at-large bid to NCAAs.

In the South region, Princeton alum Tyler Udland finished 2nd in the men’s race, helping Florida State finish 2nd as a team and booking their ticket for NCAAs.

In the Mountain Region, Harvard alum Emily Reese finished in 40th place for New Mexico, acting as their 7th runner for the meet.  New Mexico finished 2nd in the team standings and will be going to NCAAs.

Another Harvard alum, Morgan Kelly, helped Virginia finish 2nd in the Southeast region to earn a team bid to NCAAs.  Kelly would have earned an individual spot as she finished 4th in the Southeast region race.

While Waverly Neer (Columbia-Oregon) and Margaret Connolly (Brown-Iowa State) ran at their respective conference meets, neither one competed at their respective Regional races today, although their team secured Regional team titles.  Could they race at NCAAs? Not sure.

Congrats to all of the athletes who competed today!

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