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Men's Cross Country Heads to Lehigh for NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional's

Sean Rynning is Navy's highest-returning runner from last season's Regional race (38th).

Sean Rynning is Navy's highest-returning runner from last season's Regional race (38th).

Nov. 14, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s cross country gears up for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals 10K race on Friday, Nov. 15 at Bethlehem, Pa. The meet is hosted by Lehigh University at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Cross and will begin at 12 noon.

About the NCAA Regional Championship
The top two teams at the regional championship will each earn one of 18 automatic bids to the NCAA Championship held on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. In addition, 13 teams will receive at-large bids to the NCAA Championship, which will be announced this weekend.

The top-four runners not associated with the top-two finishing teams in Friday's race will earn an automatic individual invite to the NCAA Championship. In addition, two at-large runners will be selected from the remainder of the national pool to compete at the national championship.

Navy's last NCAA Championship appearance as a team came in 1997.

Quoting the Coach
Coach Al Cantello’s take on this weekend’s NCAA Regional Championship …

“We are not as strong as we have been in the past, but we will give the top teams fits.”

The Region
The Mid-Atlantic region had three teams compete at last year's NCAA Championship - Princeton (11th), Georgetown (25th), and Villanova (27th). In the current United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCC) national poll, Princeton is the top-ranked team in the region at No. 15, while Villanova is slated 20th.

Navy is ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA regional poll, released on Nov. 4, with Princeton, Villanova, Georgetown, and LaSalle in the No. 1-4 spots.

Navy competed against teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the Mid-Atlantic region in five invitational races this season. Below is a recap of how the Mids fared in each meet against the region's current top-15 teams. The number in parentheses indicates the team's current regional ranking.


 

 

Fordham Fiasco (Sept. 7)1. Navy (5), 2. Rider (13), 5. Monmouth (14)

Navy Invite (Sept. 14) – 1. Georgetown (3), 2. Navy (5), 3. American (11), 4. UMBC (10)

Iona Meet of Champions (Sept. 21) - 3. Navy (5), 4. St. Joseph’s (8)

Paul Shorts Run (Oct. 5) – 4. Georgetown (3), 6. La Salle (4), 8. Navy (5), 10. Penn State (6), 11. Penn (9), 12. St. Joseph’s (8), 20. American (11), 24. Lehigh (7), 13. Rider (38), 15. Bucknell (42)

Patriot League Championship (Nov. 2)1. Navy (5), 2. Lehigh (7),  3. American (11), 6. Bucknell (15)

Navy Tallies its Fifth Patriot League Title
Navy became the fourth team in conference history to capture its fifth Patriot League title on Nov. 2 in Easton, Pa.

Navy packed perfectly, having four of the five scoring runners cross the tape within nine seconds of one another. Sean Rynning paced the Mids with an eighth-place finishing time of 25:31.50. Sam Peckham (25:35.70), Zach Hebda (25:38.76) and Kyle Davis (25:40.68) followed teammate Rynning with ninth, 12th and 13th place finishes, respectively. Justin Maguire rounded out Navy's fifth and final scoring runner with a 19th-place finishing time of 25:54.37.

With the title, Al Cantello was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fifth season.

Peckham Named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team
Sophomore Sam Peckham was voted to the Patriot League All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Monday. Peckham, a systems engineering major, currently holds a 3.5 GPA and earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors after placing ninth.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible.

Navy at Last Year's Regional Championship
As a team, the Mids placed sixth at last year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Navy has finished sixth or better on eight occasions since 1999.

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