Mids to Compete at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s cross country team will look to head back to the NCAA Championship meet for the second consecutive year on Friday with action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. The race that is hosted at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus 10k Cross Country Course will see the Mids take on 26 regional foes beginning at 11:45 a.m. in hopes of securing a top-two finish.
Navy is in search of its 12th bid to the NCAA Championships as a team after finishing second at last year’s Mid-Atlantic Regional and automatically qualifying.
Should a team not nab one of the two automatic bids, there are also a limited number of at-large team selections and at-large individual selections that are determined following meets from across the NCAA Division I landscape. The top-four individuals from each regional not on a qualifying team are automatically are selected, while any other finisher in the top 25 is placed into the at-large national pool as a potential at-large individual.
Last year racing at Penn State, the Mids captured the program’s first automatic team bid since 1997 with a second-place finish. Navy had a strong finish as a team, placing all five of its scoring runners in the top 25. The Mids recorded 74 team points and six top-25 finishes. Lucas Stalnaker (’17) led the Mids with the meet’s eighth-best individual time at 31:00. Amongst returning runners for this year’s meet, Cory Donley (14th, 31:11) and Jake Brophy (21st, 31:17) finished in the top five for Navy.
The Goodman Campus course has become quite familiar for the Mids this year as the team has run both the Paul Short Invitational and Patriot League Championship meets at the location in 2017. Most recently, Navy raced against the league opponents at the Patriot League Championship on Oct. 28 and finished second of 10 teams. Team captain Cory Donley and Kevin Murray led the Mids’ charge at the meet with second- and fifth-place individual results at 24:16.76 and 24:25.25, respectively. Navy’s top-five scorers finished in the top 19.
Navy is currently ranked sixth in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. This year’s championship field includes all 15 teams that are ranked in the poll with Patriot League foes, American, Bucknell and Lehigh amongst those in that top-15. Georgetown, Princeton and Penn hold the top-three positions.
Last Five Mid-Atlantic Regionals
2016: 2nd of 22
2015: 6th of 25
2014: 5th of 23
2013: 8th of 26
2012: 6th of 25