2012 NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships: Mid-Atlantic | Northeast
PRINCETON, N.J. -- All 16 Ivy League cross country teams will be in action on Friday at the NCAA Regionals. The women's 6K races will begin at noon, followed by the men's 10K races at 1:15 p.m.
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale will compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by Yale and Fairfield at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn. Penn and Princeton will run in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa.
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.
The Princeton men hope to continue the momentum they picked up during their Ivy League Heptagonal Championship run, when juniors Chris Bendsten and Alejandro Arroyo Yamin went 1-2 to lead the 13th-ranked Tigers to their third-straight title. Princeton took third at Regionals in 2011 and has been ranked No. 1 in the region all season. Penn is No. 12 in the Mid-Atlantic and placed 13th in 2011.
In the Northeast Regional, No. 22 Columbia is coming off a second-place finish at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. The Lions are No. 3 in the region and remain the top ranked team in the Northeast for the Ivy League. Dartmouth comes in at No. 5, followed by Cornell (No. 6), Harvard (No. 7), Yale (No. 8) and Brown (No. 12). Big Green junior Will Geoghegan and senior Phil Royer placed fifth and sixth at the Ivy League Championship, respectively.
On the women's side, Cornell is ranked No. 1 in the Northeast and No. 8 in the nation. In 2011, the Big Red just missed a berth to the NCAAs by placing third out of 36 teams. Cornell hopes to replicate its dominant performance at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in which senior Katie Kellner and juniors Emily Shearer and Rachel Sorna went 1-2-3 as the Big Red won by 60 points. The other five League teams in the Northeast are also ranked among the top-10 in the region, as Harvard is No. 5, Brown is No. 6, Yale is No. 8, Columbia is No. 9 and Dartmouth is No. 10.
Princeton, which is in the receiving votes category of the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, is ranked No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while Penn comes in at No. 10. The Tigers were fifth at Regionals last year and had two individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships. Princeton has finished in the top five at Regionals every year since 2002, including wins in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
USTFCCCA REGIONAL RANKINGS
2. Penn State
4. West Virginia
6. La Salle
12. Saint Joseph's
4. Boston College
12. Stony Brook
13. New Hampshire
15. Sacred Heart
4. Penn State
5. Saint Joseph's
6. La Salle
9. Boston College
10. Boston University
11. Stony Brook
15. New Hampshire