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November 12, 2010

Ivy Harriers Vie for NCAA Championship Bids at Regional Meets

Official Mid-Atlantic Regional Site

Official Northeast Regional Site

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy League cross country teams head back to the race course Saturday, Nov. 13, with six squads competing in the NCAA Northeast Regional, two competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regional and all eight vying for qualification to the NCAA Championships.

The top two teams from each of the nine Regionals 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. All individual at-large qualifiers must finish in the top 25 within their region.

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale travel to Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn., for the Northeast Regional hosted by Yale and Fairfield University. The women’s 6k starts at noon, followed by the men’s 8k at 1:15 p.m.

Penn and Princeton, meanwhile, head to University Park, Pa., for the Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Penn State. The women's 6k race begins at noon, with the men's 10k following at 1:15 p.m.

On the women’s side, Princeton is ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Behind No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Georgetown. Like their male counterparts, the Tiger women are coming off of a team victory at the 2010 Ivy Heptagonal Championship two weeks ago. Alex Banfich took the individual title, crossing the finish line of the 5k course in 16:58.9. Ashley Higginson was fourth in 17:27.1, Mel Newbery was eighth in 17:45.7 and Sarah Cummings was ninth in 17:45.7. Abby Levene rounded out the Tigers' scoring five, finishing in 17:50.0.

Penn’s women hold the No 6 spot in the Mid-Atlantic poll, while the six remaining Ivy squads are listed in the Northeast poll. Columbia holds down the No. 5 position, followed by Brown at No. 6 and Cornell at No. 7. Harvard comes in at No. 9, Yale is No. 11 and Dartmouth rounds things out at No. 15.

The Lions put up a fight against Princeton at the Ivy Heps, placing second as a team behind two-three individual finishes by Caroline McDonough (17:18.9) and Jackie Drouin (17:22.3). The Bears rookie Margaret Connelly will see if her first regional appearance can lead to an NCAA Nationals berth after placing fifth overall at the Ivy Heps in 17:29.5.

All six Ivy men’s squads competing in the Northeast Region are ranked in the most recent USTFCCCA regional poll, led by Dartmouth at No. 3. The Big Green, placed second overall at the 2010 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship on Oct. 29, led by Ethan Shaw’s third-place individual finish (23:24.7).

Also ranked in the Northeast Region are No. 5 Columbia, No. 6 Cornell, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 Yale and No. 15 Brown. Iona holds the top spot in the poll, followed by Syracuse at No. 2.

Princeton’s men enter the race as the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the No. 17 ranked team in the nation. The Tigers are coming off of their fourth Ivy Heps title in the last five years, led by senior Donn Cabral who won the men’s 8k individual title in 24:03.8. All five Princeton scorers finished in the top 13 at the League championship including Cabral in first, Brian Leung in fifth (24:35.6), Kyle Soloff in sixth (24:37.8), Mark Amirault in eighth (24:41.2) and Max Kaulbach in 13th (24:56.0).

The Quakers are ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic and will look to a trio of seniors in Philip Cawkwell, Chris Baird and Luke Grau, along with freshman Connor Paez, to push them up in the team standings.

MID-ATLANTIC Region (Women)
1. Villanova, BIG EAST
2. Georgetown, BIG EAST
3. Princeton, Ivy League
4. Penn State, Big Ten
5. La Salle, Atlantic 10
6. West Virginia, BIG EAST
7. Bucknell, Patriot League
8. Penn, Ivy League
9. Maryland, ACC
10. Rutgers, BIG EAST
11. Navy, Patriot League
12. Towson, CAA
13. Duquesne, Atlantic 10
14. Saint Joseph’s, Atlantic 10
15. American, Patriot League

NORTHEAST Region (Women)
1. Syracuse, BIG EAST
2. Providence, BIG EAST
3. Stony Brook, America East
4. Boston College, ACC
5. Columbia, Ivy League
6. Brown, Ivy League
7. Cornell, Ivy League
8. Colgate, Patriot League
9. Harvard, Ivy League
10. New Hampshire, America East
11. Yale, Ivy League
12. Maine, America East
13. Connecticut, BIG EAST
14. Iona, Metro Atlantic
15. Dartmouth, Ivy League

MID-ATLANTIC Region (Men)
1. Princeton, Ivy League
2. Penn State, Big Ten
3. Villanova, BIG EAST
4. Georgetown, BIG EAST
5. Navy, Patriot League
6. Penn, Ivy League
7. American, Patriot League
8. Duquesne, Atlantic 10
9. Maryland, ACC
10. La Salle, Atlantic 10
11. Saint Francis (Pa.), NEC
12. Delaware, CAA
13. Marshall, Conference USA
14. Saint Joseph’s, Atlantic 10
15. Lehigh, Patriot League

NORTHEAST Region (Men)
1. Iona, Metro Atlantic
2. Syracuse, BIG EAST
3. Dartmouth, Ivy League
4. Providence, BIG EAST
5. Columbia, Ivy League
6. Cornell, Ivy League
7. Boston University, America East
8. Harvard, Ivy League
9. Yale, Ivy League
10. Binghamton, America East
11. Albany, America East
12. Central Connecticut State, NEC
13. Northeastern, CAA
14. Marist, Metro Atlantic
15. Brown, Ivy League