Herd Cross Country to Compete at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals
Teams compete at Lehigh
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Marshall cross country team is set to compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The meet is the qualifying meet for the NCAA National Championship Meet.
The women’s team competes at 10:45 a.m. ET in a 6K race. The men’s team runs an hour later at 11:45 a.m. ET in a 10K race. 28 teams compete on the women’s side while 26 schools run on the men’s side in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The top two teams in each of the nine regional meets across the country qualify automatically for the National Championship Meet. 13 additional teams are given an at-large bid. Additionally, the top four individual finishers at the meet who are not on an already qualified team qualify for the National Championship Meet if they are in the top-25 of the region.
The last Marshall runner to qualify for nationals was Matt Schiffbauer in 2011, when he finished 10th at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet with a 10K time of 30:50 at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. He was the first Thundering Herd runner to qualify since Kim Nutter of the men’s team qualified in 1979.
Last season at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet, the men finished 15th out of 22 schools while the women finished 21st out of 28 teams.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen ahead of the meet
“We had a great conference meet. We’ve had a really solid two weeks of training with our last few workouts preparing us for a great race this weekend. For the men, this is a 10K so they’re going to be running a little longer than what they’re used to, so that will be an obstacle to get through. But they’re prepared for it, they should get through it with the training they’ve done.”
“The women are running a 6K, which they’ve ran once before this season. They’ve had a good two weeks of training, I think this will be their best meet of the season. I look forward to ending the cross country season on a high note.”
“After a strong conference meet, our top-three on the men’s side look to finish All-Region. Lehigh is a historically great course to run so we’re looking forward to it. We expect to compete as best as we can and see what happens.”
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