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November 12, 2011

Princeton's Donn Cabral Wins Individual Title at NCAA Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton senior Donn Cabral won the individual title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships, Saturday at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) Golf Range XC Course in Princess Anne, Md. He automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., as one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team.

Cabral crossed the finish line in 30:30.3, eight seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Thanks to his efforts, the Princeton men's cross country team took third in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with 97 points, behind Georgetown (47) and Villanova (63). Penn also competed in the race and took 13th with 377 points.

Sophomore Chris Bendtsen was the second Tigers runner to cross the line, posting a time of 30:51.8 to place 12th.

In Amherst, N.Y., the other six Ivy teams ran in the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships at the Audubon Golf Course. Brown senior Dan Lowry will join Cabral at the 2011 NCAA Championship thanks to a third-place finish on Saturday. Dartmouth senior Ethan Shaw placed sixth in the race, which was hosted by the University of Buffalo.

The six League schools competing in the Northeast Regional all finished in the top-15 out of 33 teams, led by Columbia, which took third with a team score of 96.

All five of the Lions' runners were among the top-25 as Columbia finished behind Syracuse (54 points) and Iona (72). Brown (fifth; 178), Dartmouth (sixth; 182) and Cornell (eighth; 216) each finished in the top ten. Yale and Harvard took 11th and 15th with 386 and 425 points, respectively.

Lowry recorded a time of 31:21.1 while Shaw was close behind with a time of 31:31.2. Columbia junior Mike Murphy posted the 14th-best time (31:40.9) and junior Leighton Spencer was next with a time of 31:49.1 to place 18th. Senior Kyle Merber took 20th with a time of 31:55.3.

The top two teams from each regional will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. In addition, 13 at-large teams will be selected. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals chosen by the committee.

Complete Mid-Atlantic Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Men)
Princeton - 3rd - 90 points
Penn - 13th -377 points

Complete Northeast Region Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Men)
Columbia - 5th - 206 points
Cornell - 6th - 209 points
Brown - 7th - 226 points
Dartmouth - 8th - 271 points
Yale - 11th - 323 points
Harvard - 14th - 425 points