Nov. 14, 2009

 

Courtesy of Villanova

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The No. 2 women's cross country squad trudged through an extremely muddy course at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to dominate the strongest region in the country and win the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

The margin of victory in the competitive field left the Wildcats in first place by a generous 54 points ahead of runner-up Princeton, ranked fourth nationally. Seventh ranked West Virginia was third with 82 points, while No. 11 and No. 12, Penn State and Georgetown, were fourth and fifth with 98 and 100 points, respectively.

"I am so proud of the way the girls ran together, putting themselves at the front of the race from the very beginning," head coach Gina Procaccio said. "The team ran great through the tough conditions, once again. It was an impressive team effort and we're excited to get to Nationals."

Junior Sheila Reid earned her fourth individual title this season to lead the Wildcats in 20:23. Close behind her was classmate Amanda Marino who crossed the finish line in 20:27 for second place. Reid and Marino ran with the lead pack of 12 runners through the halfway mark, but with 1,000m to go the pack had whittled down to four. With about half a mile left in the race, they took off in unison, leaving Georgetown's Emily Infeld (3rd) and Penn State's Bridget Franek (4th) behind. Reid found an extra gear in the final 100m and pulled away from Marino to give Villanova its second 1-2 finish of a championship meet this season.

Sophomore Bodgana Mimic and junior Ali Smith ran together to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Mimic clocked in at 20:47, while Smith finished in 20:49. Senior Kaitlyn Tallman was the final scorer for the Wildcats as she finished in 20:57 for ninth place.

Senior Nicole Schappert and freshman Brooke Simpson helped to displace several teams' scorers as Schappert finished in 21:02 and Simpson in 21:19 for 12th and 15th place, respectively.

Each Villanova runner earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for finishing in the top-25.

The Wildcats had four runners finish ahead of Princeton's top runner and all seven were in the top-15. Villanova scoring five placed in the top nine.

Villanova will turn its focus to the NCAA Championship on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., and are hosted by Indiana State University.

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Courtesy of Georgetown

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University cross country team traveled to Princess Anne, Md., for the 2009 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional today, hosted by the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore. The men won their fifth-straight team title (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) with 38 points, while graduate student and five-time All-American Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood,Tenn./Brentwood Academy) became the first Hoya in history to win back-to-back individual titles. The women finished fifth in the team race with 100 points while sophomore and two-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) turned in a stellar individual performance to finish third overall.

Bumbalough ran the 10,000-meter race with a time of 31:41.6, pacing a 5:07 mile. Bumbalough led a solid team effort with four Hoyas finishing in the top 10. Finishing shortly behind Bumablough was graduate student Mike Krisch (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) with a time of 31:42.3. Redshirt sophomore Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown), running in his first NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, finished fifth overall with a time of 31:47.2 Graduate student Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) placed ninth (32:03.4) with sophomore James Grimes (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) finishing 20th (32:39.3) to round out the point scorers for the Blue & Gray.

The Georgetown men led the 32-team field with 38 points, followed by Villanova (48), Saint Joseph's (Pa.) (181), Navy (201), La Salle (203), Princeton (211), American (246), Duquesne (256), Temple (283) and Maryland (299) for the top 10.

In the women's 6,000-meter race, Infeld ran a 5:31 pace to finish with a time of 20:32, good enough for third place. Graduate student Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) was the second Hoya to cross the finish line as she placed 16th with a time of 21:21. Freshman Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) finished 22nd (21:44) while classmate Kirsten Kasper finished 25th (21:52). Senior Kelsey Malmquist (Williston Park, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was the final Hoya to score points for the Blue & Gray with a 34th-place time of 22:31.

The women's 30-team field was dominated by BIG EAST foe Villanova as they placed all five point scorers in the top 10. Villanova took the team championship with 23 points followed by Princeton (77), West Virginia (82), Penn State (98), Georgetown (100), Maryland (246), Duquesne (299), Delaware (320), Lafayette (321) and Penn (325) for the top 10.

The Hoyas will now prepare for the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. At last year's championship, the women turned in a ninth-place performance while the men finished 10th.