XC Powers Converge on Buffalo for Northeast Regional
Nov. 8, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -The Boston College cross country teams will compete against some of the toughest teams in country at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 12, in hopes of earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The Audubon Golf Course will host the men's contest at noon, with the women's to follow at 1:15 p.m.
Both fields will each feature four nationally ranked programs. No. 7 Providence headlines the women's side, with No. 9 Syracuse, No. 18 Boston College and No. 29 Cornell also featured. The men's heat will include No. 9 Iona, No. 22 Columbia, No. 29 Syracuse and No. 30 Providence.
The top two teams from each region cement their spots in the national title run, while teams can receive at-large bids based on their body of work throughout the season. Programs receiving one of the 13 at-large bids will be notified no later than 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Contestants finishing in the top 25 or top 10 percent of the field will be considered USTFCCCA All-Region honorees. Boston College saw three student-athletes, Caroline King, Jillian King and Hope Krause, earn regional accolades in 2010. The trio collected the 23rd, 24th and 25th All-Region awards for BC since 2002.
Both teams aim to continue their upward trend at the meet. The women finished fourth at last year's tilt, totaling 92 team points, while the men were 19th on 487 points.
The women's side has utilized a varied attack, with junior Bridget Dahlberg, J. King and Krause leading the way in meets this season. Junior Elizabeth O'Brien is also a consistent part of the top five, while the emergence of freshmen Liv Westphal and Brittany Winslow has provided depth to the Eagles lineup. The women are ranked third in the Northeast heading into Saturday's run.
Junior tandem Jordan Hamm and Louis Serafini have been the 1-2 punch for the men all season long, leading BC to it first regional ranking in two seasons. Junior James Glover and sophomore Anthony Bellitti have consistently been the third and fourth scorers for the Eagles, while junior Jack Linehan, senior Akash Chougule and freshman Richard Lucas have also contributed to the team tallies.
For all the information concerning the 2011 NCAA Division I Regional Championships, please visit ustfccca.org. Directions to the Audubon Golf Course and results are available through the provided links.