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Courtesy: Manhattan College Athletics

Manhattan Hosts NCAA Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 11/14/2013
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will be hosting the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Friday afternoon.  The men’s race begins at 11:45 a.m., followed by the women at 1 p.m.  The top two teams in each race will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.

There are 39 squads entered for the 10 kilometer men’s race, including five nationally-ranked teams.  Iona, which won its 23rd consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship on the same course two weeks ago, captured the regional title last year and is ranked No. 7 nationally.  Ivy League champion Columbia enters the regional meet with a No. 8 national ranking, while No. 14 Syracuse is fresh off an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in its first season in the league.  The Orange had a three-year winning streak at Regionals snapped last year by Iona.

Providence and Dartmouth are also ranked nationally.  The Friars boast a No. 21 ranking, and the Big Green are currently No. 26.

Individually, Harvard’s Maksim Korolev could be considered the favorite after winning the Ivy League title.  Korolev finished second at Regionals in 2012.  Iona’s Kieran Clements and Daniel Clorley, Columbia’s Nico Composto and Shane Quinn of Providence should also be in the mix for the individual title.

On the women’s side, there are 40 teams scheduled to compete over 6,000 meters.  Second-ranked Providence is the defending champion, and the Friars boast perhaps the deepest team in the region.  Providence had three of the top six finishers a year ago, all of whom return this year, and is coming off a Big East title.  Emily Sisson was the Big East individual champion, while Sarah Collins was second at Regionals in 2012.

Vying for the second automatic bid to the NCAA Championships should be No. 12 Dartmouth, No. 19 Syracuse, No. 23 Cornell and No. 27 Harvard, as well as very good teams from BostonCollege and Columbia.  Dartmouth is led by Abbey D’Agostino, the overwhelming individual favorite.  D’Agostino is the two-time defending regional champion, and she finished second at the NCAA Championships last season.  The Big Green captured the team title at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships two weeks ago.

Syracuse had won three straight regional crowns before a disappointing sixth-place finish last year, while Cornell and Harvard both received at-large NCAA bids in 2012.  Connecticut also participated in the 2012 NCAA Championships after placing second at Regionals.

Nine regional meets will be conducted on Friday.  The top two men’s and women’s squads at each receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, while 13 additional at-large selections will be named on Saturday.  In addition, the top four individuals whose teams didn’t qualify will be invited to compete at the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23.
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