Terps Ready for NCAA Regional

Nov. 8, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Team and individual berths to the NCAA Nationals will be on the line Friday when the University of Maryland women's cross country team participates in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals Friday at Penn State.

The women's 6,000-meter competition is scheduled to begin at noon.

Junior Becky Yep has had a breakout season for the Terps this season and has been the first Terrapin to the finish line in the team's last two races.

Senior Anna Roth has been in the No. 2 spot for each of the last four races, while sophomore Myah Hicks has been among the top three team finishers in each of her three races this season.

Jackie Lazzaro and Catherine Sheffo have competed in every race this season and will look to close out their freshmen campaigns with strong performances.

Junior Bridget Nolan has had a solid season and has been a point-scorer for Maryland in the last two races.

Junior Maryam Fikri will be back competing for the Terps after missing the team's last two races.

Freshman Katie Nappi will serve as the team's alternate.

Individuals also qualify for the national championships by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team. Two additional individuals are selected at large by the committee.

The NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships will serve as a qualifier for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which are set for Saturday, November 17, at the University of Louisville. The top two finishing teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Finals, while the remaining teams will remain alive for "at-large" bids, which are based on current season performances. The NCAA will award automatic bids to the first two finishing teams in each of the country's nine regions. The NCAA committee will then fill the field with an additional 13 at-large bids, for a total of 31 teams on the line in Louisville.

The top 25 finishers at the regionals earn All Mid-Atlantic Region status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.