Marshall Cross Country Readies For Mid-Atlantic Regionals|
Nov. 10, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Marshall Cross Country teams travel to University Park, Pennsylvania to prepare for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals hosted by Penn State University. The teams will run Friday afternoon.
Two weeks after a successful Conference USA meet, the teams will look for similar success against tough regional competition from over 25 other schools. The tough competition includes national powers such as Georgetown, Navy, Penn State, Princeton, and Villanova.
RACE FORMAT AND INFORMATION
For the first time in a meet this season, the men will compete in a 10-kilometer race, while the women will run in a 6-kilometer race for the first time since the VertCross Invitational at High Point.
The Mid-Atlantic Regionals is one of eight national meets used to serve as qualification for the NCAA National Championship Race in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 19th. The top two teams from each region qualify as a team, as well as 13 at-large bids from across the country. In addition, the top four finishers from each region that are not on a qualifying team qualify for nationals as individuals.
The women run at noon E.T. on Friday, followed by the men at 1:00pm E.T.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the preparation for Regionals
“Everyone is looking sharp and is ready to go. We’ll see if all the training works in the end, I think it will. Regionals is a huge competitive meet. Everyone there is really good and they get out and they’re going to go really fast. We’ll give it all we have.”
On the seniors
“They all understand and know what this means, and know that it could be their last meet. They’re going to give it their best shot.”
On expectations for the meet
“The girls ran the 6K at High Point a few weeks back. I hope they can all run 20 seconds faster than that meet. It is a tough course, but I think it is realistic seeing how far we have progressed since then. I’d like to see both teams make the top-15. The girls have never done that, and the guys haven’t since 2011. So we need a strong pack, and we need everyone close together.”
Check out the meet website in the link above for live results and more information regarding the meet location and course maps. Follow the team on Twitter for results and more information @HerdTFXC.