Men's Cross Country Takes Fifth at NCAA Regional Championship
Nov. 12, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Led by a pair of strong performances from seniors Cody Rome and James Pearson, the Navy men's cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday in Princess Anne, Md. No. 23-ranked Georgetown (47 points) and No. 13 Villanova (63 points) earned the automatic bids to the NCAA Championship by placing first and second, respectively. Princeton placed third place with 90 points, Penn State took fourth with 117 points and Navy followed in fifth with a total of 142.
"We were a long shot and about two-thirds of the way into the race, we were running very, very well," said Navy head coach Al Cantello. "But, we're not going to the `Big Dance.'"
Pearson retained the momentum from his third-place showing at the Patriot League Championships two weeks ago as he again led all Mids across the finish line on Saturday by taking 15th, with a time of 30:57.2.
"James is the poster boy for a captain and has done an outstanding job all year," said Cantello.
Fellow senior Cody Rome put a cap on his Navy cross country career as he was the team's next finisher and clocked a 31:04.5 to take 18th place.
By both placing in the top 25, Pearson and Rome earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. It is the second such honor for Pearson, who earned a spot on the all-region team by placing 23rd at the regional championship in 2009.
Junior Chris Galvin was Navy's third finisher as he placed 30th with a time of 31:22.8. Less than 20 seconds later, junior Kyle Satterwhite and sophomore Robert Patterson crossed the finish line consecutively in 40th and 41st places, respectively. Satterwhite clocked a 31:36.4 and Patterson a 31:39.3.
"We had some great support today - it was nice to see a lot of the team here supporting their teammates," said Cantello.
Pearson may still get the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championship, but will have to wait until Sunday evening when the at-large selections for teams and individuals are announced.