NCAA Regional Race Is Terps' Next Challenge

Nov. 13, 2002


This weekend Maryland cross country will travel to Davis, W.V., to compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. Hosted by West Virginia, the meet will see many of the region's powerhouse teams vie for the top spot.

Last year, the Terps sent three men to compete in the regional competition, which was held in Lehigh, Pa. Posting the top time for the group was Mike Prada (Fulton, Md.), who completed the 10,000 meter race in 32:57.49, earning a spot in the top 100 out of 196 competitors. Matt Adami (Mt. Airy, Md.) finished next for Maryland, coming in 104th with a time of 33:02.90, and Francis Ciganek came in one second behind to take 105th place. About to compete in the team's longest race of the season, Prada and Adami's prior experience at this meet should give them a slight advantage on Saturday.

Both teams are coming off their highest finishes at the ACC Championships in several years. The women's team took seventh place, and the men broke a four-year ninth place finish streak by turning in an eighth place finish. The men's team accomplished this feat without the aid of Adami and Doug Allen (Walkersville, Md), who could not compete due to medical reasons. On the women's side, freshman Katie Purcell (Coraopolis, Pa.) led the team for the fifth time this season, placing 27th overall. Sophomore Adam Ambrus (Shamong, N.J.) again paced the men's team, turning in a 31st place finish.

Below are the current Mid-Atlantic rankings going into this weekend's competition:

1.  Georgetown
2.  Villanova
3.  Penn State
4.  Princeton
5.  West Virginia
6.  LaSalle
7.  American
8.  Bucknell
9.  Maryland
10. Rutgers

Men: 1. Villanova 2. Georgetown 3. LaSalle 4. Princeton 5. Navy 6. American 7. Penn State 8. Bucknell 9. St. Joseph's 10. West Virginia