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Ivy Cross Country Teams Shine at NCAA Regionals

Princeton's Donn Cabral
Princeton's Donn Cabral

Complete list of NCAA Championships qualifiers

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton's men's cross country team lived up to its ranking Saturday, taking top team honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in State College, Pa., and earning an automatic team bid to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22.

Led by Brian Leung in fourth place at 30:11 (8k) and Donn Cabral in fifth place at 30:11, the Tigers finished with 53 points, eight points ahead of second-place Villanova with 61 points. Mark Amirault was ninth in 30:22, Joe Stilin was 16th in 30:37 and Max Kaulbach was 19th in 30:50.

Also competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regional was Penn, who placed sixth as a team. Senior Chris Baird led the Quakers with a 30:59, 20th-place finish.

The six remaining Ivy squads competed in the Northeast Regional Saturday with Dartmouth earning the League's top team finish -- 138 points for fourth place. A trio of Big Green runners placed in the top 25, including Ethan Shaw in 18th place (30:25.6), Phil Royer in 19th place (30:31.2) and Tom Robbins in 21st place (30:42.5).

The trio from Dartmouth were be joined by five additional Ivy individuals who placed in the top 25. Harvard's Dan Chenoweth was the top overall Ivy finisher, placing third in a time of 29:51.2. Yale's Jeff Perella was eighth (30:04.2), Columbia's Tom Poland was ninth (30:04.6), Cornell's Nate Edelman was 13th (30:17.4), Cornell's Adrien Dannemiller was 17th (30:24.2) and Brown's Matt Duffy was 22nd (30:38.4).

On Sunday, Chenoweth, Perella and Poland were chosen as at-large selections for the NCAA Championships.

In the women's Mid-Atlantic Regional, Princeton finished fourth as a team with 102 points behind Villanova (29 points), Georgetown (40 points) and Penn State (91 points). The Tigers, who found out Sunday whey were chosen as an at-large team, were led by Ivy Heptagonal champ Alex Banfich, who placed fourth overall in 20:04 onthe 6k course. Sarah Cummings was 13th in 20:34 and Ashley Higginson was 16th in 20:45, rounding out the Tiger finishers in the top 25.

Penn also competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region, placing eight as a team and earning one top-25 finisher in Leslie Kovach who was 22nd overall in 21:11.

Four Ivy women placed in the top 25 out of the Northeast Region, led by Columbia's Caroline Donough. The sophomore placed fifth overall, finishing in 20:12.6. Brown's Margaret Connelly continues a stellar rookie campaign, finishing 18th overall in 20:41.0. The final female Ivy runners to earn an NCAA bid were Cornell freshman Devin McMahon who placed 11th in 20:23.9 and sophomore Kelsey Karys who placed 23rd in 20:54.4.

On Sunday, Donouth and McMahon were chosen as at-large selections for the NCAA Championships.

The top two teams from each of the nine Regionals automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. In addition, 13 at-large teams were selected on Sunday. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualified by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals chosen by the committee. All individual at-large qualifiers must have finished in the top 25 within their region.

Complete Mid-Atlantic Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Men)
Princeton - 1st - 53 points
Penn - 6th -199 points

Complete Mid-Atlantic Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Women)
Princeton - 4th - 102 points
Penn - 8th - 308 points

Complete Northeast Region Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Men)
Dartmouth - 4th - 138 points
Columbia - 5th - 146 points
Cornell - 6th - 232 points
Brown - 8th - 240 points
Yale - 11th - 304 points
Harvard - 12th - 327 points

Complete Northeast Region Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Women)
Columbia - 5th - 206 points
Cornell - 6th - 209 points
Brown - 7th - 226 points
Dartmouth - 8th - 271 points
Yale - 11th - 323 points
Harvard - 14th - 389 points