Men's Cross Country Heads to NCAA Regionals

PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men’s cross country team heads to Lock Haven, Pa., Saturday for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Bucknell. The 10,000 meter race begins at 12:15 a.m. on Lock Haven’s campus.

The Quakers finished sixth at the 2006 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, Oct. 27. Brian Goldberg led the way with an 11th-place overall finish and a time of 25:02.4. Hot on his heels were the rest of the team’s scoring members who all finished within 26 seconds of Goldberg. Senior Ian Foley was 14th overall (25:08.7) followed by Reid McEwen in 28th (25:21.3), Brian Trembley in 33rd (25:26.0) and Larry Contrella in 37th (25:28.4).

Penn came in fifth with 163 points at the 2005 NCAA Regionals. Now-graduated Courtney Jaworski clocked a third-place overall finish will a time of 30:08.3 and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Also scoring for Penn in 2005 were Goldberg (21st), Foley (44th), Breton Bonnette (45th) and Trembley (50th). McEwen and Dan Howard also ran the race finishing in 53rd and 82nd place, respectively.

Penn is ranked ninth in the Mid Atlantic region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Leading the regional rankings is Georgetown, who is also ranked 16th nationally and won the 2005 regional race, followed by Heps champion Princeton who received votes in the most recent national poll.

The two top teams will advance to the NCAA national championship, as well as the top four individuals who are not on either qualifying team.