Nov. 13, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Greg Kelsey placed eighth individually to lead University of Maryland finishers and potentially earn an invitation to participate at nationals with his performance Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships hosted by Penn State.
On the women's side, junior Ashley Cromartie placed 38th overall to lead the Terrapins to a 13th-place team finish.
Kelsey ran the 10-kilometer course in 30:21, earning All-Region status with his finish. He was one second out of seventh and within striking distance of individual champion Ayalew Taye of Georgetown, who crossed the line in 30:05, one second ahead of Penn State's Kyle Dawson and two seconds before Penn State's Vince McNally.
Princeton (53 points) and Villanova (61) earned the top two spots in the men's team standings, getting automatic-qualifying berths to the NCAA Nationals, to be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Kelsey will need to wait until Sunday to learn whether he's earned an invitation to the nationals as an individual. At-large invitations will be given to teams by the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday. The top four individuals not on an advancing team will earn individual berths to nationals.
Kelsey was the fifth finisher among teams not automatically qualifying, but if either Georgetown (placed third with 78 points) or Penn State (fourth with 99 points) get an at-large berth, Kelsey could get the invitation.
Kelsey's finish, along with a 36th-place finish from fellow graduate student Dan McDevitt (31:19) and a 46th from freshman Cory Puffett (31:38), pushed Maryland to a 10th-place finish in the team standings. The Terrapins finished with 321 points.
Princeton, ranked 17th nationally, put three finishers in the top nine to earn the team victory.
Cromartie finished the women's 6K course in 21:46 to lead the Maryland runners to the line. She was followed by Ashley Campbell (56th, 22:10), Anna Roth (86th, 22:45), Andrea Rothschild (99th, 22:55), Maryam Fikri (128th, 23:28), Ashlyn Sinclair (140th, 23:41) and Caitlin Orr (151st, 23:53).
Junior Sheila Reid won the individual title, finishing in 19:34 to beat Georgetown's Emily Infeld by 16 seconds. The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the nation coming into the regional, won the women's team title with 29 points. Georgetown was second with 40 points with Penn State in third with 91.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Villanova 29, 2. Georgetown 40, 3. Penn State 91, 4. Princeton 102, 5. West Virginia 152... 13. MARYLAND 386 (29 scoring teams).
WOMEN'S 6K INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top five and Maryland finishers)
1. Sheila Reid, Villanova, 19:34; 2. Emily Infeld, Georgetown, 19:50; 3. Megan Hogan, George Washington, 19:58; 4. Alex Banfich, Princeton, 20:04; 5. Bogdana Mimic, Villanova, 20:05... 38. Ashley Cromartie, Maryland, 21:46; 56. Ashley Campbell, Maryland, 22:10; 86. Anna Roth, Maryland, 22:45; 99. Andrea Rothschild, Maryland, 22:55; 128. Maryam Fikri, Maryland, 23:28; 140. Ashlyn Sinclair, Maryland, 23:41; 151. Caitlin Orr, Maryland, 23:53.
MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Princeton 53, 2. Villanova 61, 3. Georgetown 78, 4. Penn State 99, 5. Navy 183, 6. Penn 199, 7. American 217, 8. Duquesne 263, 9. La Salle 286; 10. MARYLAND 321. (28 scoring teams).
MEN'S 10K INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Ayalew Taye, Georgetown, 30:05; 2. Kyle Dawson, Penn State, 30:06; 3. Vince McNally, Penn State, 30:07; 4. Brian Leung, Princeton, 30:11; 5. Donn Cabral, Princeton, 30:11... 8. Greg Kelsey, Maryland, 30:21; 36. Dan McDevitt, Maryland, 31:19; 46. Cory Puffett, Maryland, 31:38; 112. Sean O'Leary, Maryland, 33:08; 123. Craig Morgan, Maryland, 33:22; 151. Brian Faherty, Maryland, 34:21.
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