XC Heads Down to Connecticut for Northeast Regional on Friday
Nov. 7, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College cross country teams will face off against some of the toughest competition in the country at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Madison, Connecticut on Friday. Hammonasset State Park will host the women’s contest at noon, with the men’s to follow at 1:15 p.m.
The men’s field will feature three nationally ranked squads (Iona, Columbia, and Syracuse) while the women’s field features four nationally ranked squads (Cornell, Connecticut, Providence, and Boston College).
The top two team finishers in each field will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on November 17. 13 at-large bids will be at stake over the nine various Regionals on Friday. At large bids are earned by teams who finish high enough in the region and who have also earned criteria points over other teams they have finished ahead of previously.
The men enter the Regionals coming off a eighth place finish at the ACC Championships and three top five finishes in their meets this season. The men finished second overall at the Brian Doyle Meet of Champions (69 points), the New England Championships (123 points), and fourth at the Brown Rothenberg Race (91 points).
“The team is enjoying a strong year and we aim to improve on last year’s 14th place finish,” said head coach Matt Kerr.
Seniors Jordan Hamm and Louis Serafini each had top five overall finishes twice this season to lead the Eagles. Serafini recorded a personal record for an 8K course with his mark of 24:30.31 at the New England Championships.
Graduate student Tyler King and junior Anthony Bellitti chipped in with multiple top five team finishes for BC this season. Both King and Bellitti recorded personal bests at the New England Championships with marks of 24:49.66 and 25:16.48 respectively.
The women enter the Regionals coming off a third place finish at the ACC Championships and top three finishes in five of six meets this season. The women finished first overall at the UMass Invitational (19 points), New England Championships (45 points), and the Brown Rothenberg Race (23 points). After earning an automatic bid last year with a second place finish, the Eagles are excited to take on another challenge.
"We are ready for the meet this Friday. The women are prepared and excited to run their best at this very important contest," said assistant coach Julie Heyde. "The northeast is extremely strong with many teams who can run with the best in the country and contend for the top spot in the region. It will be an exciting and fast race. The women in this region have all shown what they are capable of this year, now it is time to see who can put it together and race well as a team, all on the same day."
Led by Jillian King, Bridget Dahlberg, and Liv Westphal’s performances this year, the Eagles were a mainstay in the national rankings as well as a constant top five in the Northeast regional rankings. Dahlberg and Westphal finished second and third overall respectively at the New England Championships while King finished first overall at the UMass Invitational and tenth overall at the ACC Championships.
"This is my first season back with the Eagles and I am impressed at the level of work and effort these women have been able to put in and maintain thus far this season. We have had a great fall and I am confident about what these women can do and what they want to do at the regional level," said Heyde.
Captains Jillian King, Elizabeth O’Brien, and Allison Stasiuk set the tone for the season by running well and providing consistent leadership. Stasiuk and junior Morgan Mueller were steady top five finishers for the Eagles this season.
Redshirt junior Elizabeth Hynes chipped in with three team top five finishes including first overall at the Brown Rotherberg and second at the UMass Invitational. In total, 12 members of the team registered personal records this season.
"It is encouraging to go to a meet with such a strong core of veteran runners. We have many upperclassmen on the squad who are leaders in workouts as well as races. This squad knows that running well in the post-season is a product of what the entire team has done all season, not just the seven who are racing on Friday. We have a group that has done the work, so we are looking forward to the race,” said Heyde.