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NCAA DI Nationals Preview

Some helpful info to help you get ready for tomorrow’s XC races.

It’s all come down to this. Saturday November 23rd (tomorrow!), the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship will be held in Terre Haute, IN. Thirty-one teams. Thirty-eight individuals. The best of the best. The men start things off with their race at noon ET, and then the ladies cap their seasons off with their race at 1:15 pm.

There were a lot of runners with local ties that did quite well in both the DI and DIII regionals that were two weeks ago. From a nice write up on milesplit.com:

Columbia University senior Jacob Sienko, a onetime standout from Bishop Hendricken, finished sixth overall in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 30 minutes, 24.30 seconds. Less than five-seconds behind Sienko was his former teammate at Hendricken, Providence College junior Brian Doyle, who was timed in 30:29 for 12th overall.

The Friars, who were fourth as a team, had two other ex-high school all-staters finish strong. Recent Cumberland High grad Trevor Crawley, a freshman, was 70th overall with a 31:49.8 clocking. Smithfield’s Liam Hillary was 87th at 32:07.20.

Getting down to it, here’s who’s going from the northeast region:

The Men

Teams
Princeton (automatic)
Dartmouth
Harvard
Iona
Providence

Individuals
Kevin Dooney, Yale
Kelton Cullenberg, Maine
Wesley Gallagher, Northeastern
Craig Hunt, Central Connecticut

The Women

Teams
Dartmouth (automatic)
Providence (automatic)
Princeton

Individuals
Waverly Neer, Columbia
Kate Avery, Iona
Liv Westphal, Boston College
Silvia Del Fava, Albany

Automatic teams were the top two from each of the nine regions. The remaining thirteen were selected at-large. The individuals were also selected on an automatic and at-large basis, based on finishes at regionals. Found out more here.

The countdown is on! Plenty for us to follow here. Can the PC women cap off their impressive season with a championship? Will Abbey D’Agostino finally get that elusive cross title? We’ll find out.

And on a disgusting note, it appears that the entire Stonehill men’s team had their bags stolen out at DII nationals.

 

That is some bad karma for whoever pulled off that d-bag stunt, to say the least. We hope that the boys crush it out there. Nobody should have to put up with that crap while trying to focus on a race of this magnitude.

BC Invite: Gallagher

The Boston College women’s cross country team hosted some of the top programs in the country today at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. Dubbed the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown, there was quite a bit of buzz about it. Wesley Gallagher, a sophomore on the Northeastern squad, placed 11th overall and was the third east coaster. Wesley ran a 24:23 for the 8k cross country race  and was just eleven seconds behind winner Edward Cheserek of Oregon.

Nassaney Races: Northeastern, UConn Win

The Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross Country Races were held at Bryant University back on September 7th. We were there doing our usual coverage, but it’s taken a while to get it up on the site. We were reminded of this a week later when Zach Krause (a Northeastern runner) asked us about it. We know Zach, we know…#SlackingOnTheLevel. Better late than never, right?

The aforementioned Zach was part of the winning men’s team as Northeastern place four in the top five to beat out Boston University by a 23 to 65 margin. Leading the charge for Northeastern was Wesley Gallagher, who ran a 15:21 for the 5k cross country course. Full results for the men’s race can be found here.

Next was the collegiate women’s race. Brianna Castrogivanni of Sacred Heart won it with her 17:53.5. It wasn’t enough to carry the day as Brianna’s Sacred Heart team finished fifth. Right behind Brianna was Emily Durgin of UConn (17:56.7), and she led the Huskies to the team victory. UConn bested Quinnipiac by a score of 46 to 85 (full results here).

In the alumni/open race, Bryant legend Jason Eddy (2002) won it (and defended the honor of his institution) with a 16:29. Way to go, Jason. The comeback continues for Mr. Eddy. Maggie Mae, the penultimate alumni team (named after a Pie Tasters song that Shawn Nassaney made a staple of post-meet parties), had a strong showing but ultimately lost the team title to the Navy squad. We think. It’s only rumored thus far. See for yourself here.

As you could tell by the shocked silence in the interview, it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Eric Jenkins had taken his talents to Oregon. While it hurts to lose a runner like that from the area, it’s also cool to see someone of that caliber go to run for a storied program such as Oregon. I felt like I was really behind on my news when they told me that, but in talking to others about it since then I can see that I wasn’t the only one who had no idea. Jenkins will be coming back to Boston with his new team on Friday September 27th for the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park. We cleared our schedules for that and are looking forward to it.

This was the 13th annual race, benefiting the Shawn M. Nassaney memorial fund. Starting in 2012 collegiate races were added. Shawn graduated from Bryant back in 1998, where he was a two time recipient of the team’s Bulldog Award, which was given to the individual who best personified just what it meant to be a Bulldog. To learn more about Shawn, the race and the fund that it all supports, please visit the fund website

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