Nov. 15, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland grad student Greg Kelsey has earned an invitation to compete as an individual at next week's NCAA Cross Country National Championships, the NCAA announced on Sunday.
Kelsey, a fifth-year student-athlete from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finished eighth individually on Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals. He was one of the top-four finishers on teams not advancing to the nationals and earned the invitation.
It was one of four top-10 finishes for Kelsey in what has been his best cross country season as a Terrapin. In addition to the All Mid-Atlantic Region designation on Saturday, Kelsey earned Maryland's first All-Atlantic Coast Conference designation since 2003 with his finish at the ACC Championships in late October.
The trip to nationals as an individual will be Maryland's third in as many years. Alex Lundy, who missed this cross country season due to injury, represented the Terrapins in each of the last two seasons.
Kelsey moved into the crucial top-four individual spots when the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday night added two more Mid-Atlantic teams as at-large selections to the 31-team national field. Both Georgetown and Penn State earned at-large berths, despite finishing behind automatic-qualifiers Princeton and Villanova.
Kelsey will join Andrew Hanko of Navy, Evens Kosgei of Lehigh and Kevin McDonnell of St. Joseph's as individuals from the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The NCAA Cross Country Nationals will be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.