Army's Lisa Junta
Nov. 8, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League cross country runners are heading back to the course as individuals and teams try to make the NCAA Championships when they compete at the Regional races on Friday.
American, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy will all head to the Mid-Atlantic Regional, hosted by Penn State University in University Park, Pa.
The Army, Colgate and Holy Cross men and women's teams will compete at the Northeast Regional, hosted by Yale and Fairfield University at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.
Both regionals will feature a women's 6K race at Noon followed by a Men's 10K at 1:15 p.m.
In the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) regional rankings, Patriot League champion Lehigh is seventh on the men's side in the Mid-Atlantic while Navy is ninth, American 11th and Bucknell 13th. In the women's Mid-Atlantic rankings, the Patriot League champion Mids stand seventh with Bucknell ninth. None of the Patriot League teams are ranked in the top 15 on the men or women's side in the Northeast region.
While no Patriot League teams have qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 2006, individual runners have made it consistently over the years. Colgate's Chris Johnson, who won the Patriot League Men's Cross Country race for the second year in a row on Oct. 27, will try to become just the fourth male runner to make consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge, who won the Patriot League individual title, is the leader among contenders to make it to the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Nov. 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. The field will be announced this weekend after the regional races, with the top-two finishing teams from each regional automatically qualifying.