Three Cross Country Athletes Heading To NCAA Championships
MADISON, N.J. - Three Landmark Conference men's cross country performers have earned the right to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships, while a total of seven Landmark runners claimed All-Region honors after NCAA Regionals held on Saturday.
Ian Quinlan of Susquehanna, Chris Wasnetsky from Scranton and Goucher's Joey Negreann all were selected to compete at the NCAA meet Saturday Nov. 19 based on their performances at the NCAA Mid-East Regional. All three were also recognized as All-Region performers, which goes to any individual who finishes in the top-35 at an NCAA Regional meet.
Quinlan was the top Landmark finisher at the NCAA Mid-East Regional, placing third in a time of 25:29, only four seconds behind the winner. Wasnetsky earned his third trip to the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish by running 25:35 and Negreann ran 25:58 to place 12th. Moravian's Matthew Lutcza earned All-Region accolades by placing 27th in a time of 26:22.
On the women's side, two competitors were top-35 finishers in the Mid-East and another earned that honor in the South/Southeast Regional. Moravian's Cadee Rockwell was the top female performer, running a time of 23:49 to place 22nd. Juniata's Katrina Woods also finished in the top-35 by running 23:57 to place 29th. Catholic University ran in the South/Southeast Regional and Camelia Mayfield placed 26th in that region with a time of 24:15.7.
Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Sixteen additional teams were selected at-large.
Fifty-six individuals, the first seven athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in each championship.
The Wisconsin-Oshkosh will host the championships, Nov. 19, at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. The women’s race will begin at noon ET followed by the men’s race at 1 p.m. ET.