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November 10, 2011

Cross Country Teams Ready for NCAA Regionals

2011 NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships: Mid-Atlantic | Northeast

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League's eight men's and women's cross country teams return to action with their respective NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, with the men racing at noon and the women at 1:15 p.m.

Penn and Princeton will compete in the Mid-Atlantic race on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Golf Range Cross Country Course in Princess Anne, Md., while Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale will head to the Audubon Golf Course in Amherst, N.Y., to run in the Northeast Regional hosted by Buffalo.

The top two teams from each regional will automatically qualify for the 2011 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.

The Ivy men's and women's teams are coming off a tough race in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton's West Windsor Fields on Oct. 29, as Princeton and Cornell fought through snow and rain to win the men's and women's races, respectively. Dartmouth swept the individual titles as sophomore Abbey D'Agostino and senior Ethan Shaw each took first.

Princeton won its second consecutive men's team title and its fifth in the last six seasons as Donn Cabral (third) led four Tigers to top-ten finishes. The Big Red women held off Columbia by a final score of 49-51, placing five in the top 20, including juniors Katie Kellner (fourth) and Genna Hartung (fifth).  

On the men's side, Princeton is the defending Mid-Atlantic Regional champion and currently ranked tied for ninth in the country and first in the region. Penn looks to improve from its sixth-place race last season and comes in to 2011 ranked 14th in the Mid-Atlantic. Dartmouth was the League leader in the 2010 Northeast Regional with a fourth-place finish while Columbia comes in to this year's competition ranked 22nd in the country and second in the region. Dartmouth (fifth), Brown (sixth), Cornell (seventh), Yale (10th) and Harvard (11th) are also ranked in the Northeast.

One the women's side, the Tigers took fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Regional last year to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships while Columbia led the Northeast contingent by taking fifth. Princeton is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic while Penn is listed as the 10th-best team in the region. Coming off its win at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, Cornell is ranked 29th in the country and fourth in the Northeast as it looks to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships. All six Ivy schools in the Northeast are ranked regionally as Columbia is fifth, Yale is seventh, Dartmouth is eighth, Harvard is 10th and Brown is 12th.

RANKINGS
MID-ATLANTIC Region (Women)
1. Villanova, Big East     
2. Georgetown, Big East     
3. West Virginia, Big East     
4. Penn State, Big Ten     
5. Princeton, Ivy     
6. La Salle, Atlantic 10     
7. Navy, Patriot     
8. Bucknell, Patriot     
9. Maryland, ACC     
10. Penn, Ivy     
11. Saint Joseph's, Atlantic 10     
12. Duquesne, Atlantic 10     
13. Lehigh, Patriot     
14. Loyola (Md.), Metro Atlantic     
15. Towson, Colonial     

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

MID-ATLANTIC Region (Men)
1. Princeton, Ivy     
2. Villanova, Big East     
3. Georgetown, Big East     
4. Penn State, Big Ten     
5. Navy, Patriot     
6. La Salle, Atlantic 10     
7. American, Patriot     
8. Duquesne, Atlantic 10     
9. Saint Joseph's, Atlantic 10     
10. Lehigh, Patriot     
11. Maryland, ACC     
12. Bucknell, Patriot     
13. Saint Francis (Pa.), Northeast     
14. Penn, Ivy     
15. Mount St. Mary's, Northeast     

NORTHEAST Region (Men)
1. Iona, Metro Atlantic     
2. Columbia, Ivy     
3. Syracuse, Big East     
4. Providence, Big East     
5. Dartmouth, Ivy     
6. Brown, Ivy     
7. Cornell, Ivy     
8. Boston University, America East     
9. Albany, America East     
10. Yale, Ivy     
11. Harvard, Ivy     
12. Maine, America East     
13. Northeastern, Colonial     
14. Buffalo, Mid-American     
15. Marist , Metro Atlantic