Cross Country ACCtion: Saturday, November 10
Nov. 12, 2007
NCAA Southeast Regionals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second consecutive season, NC State swept the NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional, held Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.
The NC State men, ranked 11th nationally, won in a photo finish, edging 13th-ranked and homestanding Louisville, by one point, 69-70. The low score wins in cross country. William & Mary was third with 74 points, followed by ninth-ranked Virginia in fourth place with 116. The top two teams qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on November 19.
The women's race was not quite as close as the men's, but too close for comfort, nonetheless. The Wolfpack won with 106 points, followed by Duke at 114, 25th-ranked North Carolina at 124, and Kentucky at 141.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Both Florida State's men's and women's cross country teams will make repeat appearances the NCAA Championships this year after rolling over the regional competition to pick up two of four automatic qualifying spots. The women took first in the 6k race with 40 points, while the men finished second with 52 points in the 10k at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on campus at the University of Florida.
In all, Florida State placed 12 runners on the All-Region team--seven for the women and five for the men. The Seminoles outraced the ACC competition (Georgia Tech and Miami) in both races by a long shot. As for the ranked competition, the women crushed No. 25 Tennessee and No. 29 Georgia, while the men toppled the No. 24 Gators.
"What a gut check," said head coach Bob Braman. "The women were just awesome. Huge, huge day for them. For all seven of them to finish in the top 25 and make the all-region team--we've never had that before. Great job for the ladies, I'm proud of them."
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Meghan Braffet placed 17th overall to lead the University of Maryland finishers Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by Lehigh University.
The Maryland men and women each improved in the team standings from last season's performance. The Terrapin men finished ninth overall after placing 14th a year ago, with Greg Kelsey pacing Maryland with a 23rd-place finish individually.
Braffet and Kelsey each earned All-Region honors by virtue of their finish.
"This was our best meet of the year," said head coach Andrew Valmon. "We finished off the season very well and had two All-Region honorees."
Braffet helped the Terps women move from ninth a year ago to eighth on Saturday. She covered the 6-kilometer course Saturday in 20:47 to lead the Terrapins. She improved on her 23rd-place individual finish at last year's regionals.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College women's cross country team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship after a third place performance at the Northeast Region Championship, the league announced Sunday.
This year's qualification marks the team's third-consecutive bid into the tournament. Thirty-one teams are selected overall, with the top two teams from each region getting the automatic bid and 13 other teams selected at-large. The women will take a seven-person team to the Championship held on Nov. 19.
Senior captain Patrick Mellea earned his second-consecutive individual bid into the Championship after his sixth-place performance at the Northeast Regionals. Overall, the first four athletes from each region who are not part of a qualifying team and two additional qualifiers were selected to participate.