COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland cross country team will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals hosted by Lehigh University on Friday, November 10. The Women’s 6k Championship Race at the Lehigh Cross Country Course will start at 10:45 am and will feature over 30 squads from throughout the region. The top finishing teams and individuals will punch their ticket to the 2017 NCAA Championships on Saturday November 18.
Maryland will carry strong momentum into regionals, over a week removed from the program’s best-ever finish at the Big Ten Championships. The Terps totaled 257 points to finish 10th, and once again it was senior Alexandra Lucki (20:43.7) who paced the Terps. The Toronto, Ontario native became Maryland’s first-ever All-Big Ten honoree with the best-ever finish (12th) for a Terrapin runner at the event.
Lucki will continue to pace the Terps in her senior season, as she’s finished as Maryland’s No. 1 runner in six consecutive meets she raced in since her 2016 campaign. Lucki took 18th at last year’s NCAA Regionals to garner All-Region honors.
Junior Emily Bracher will look to continue to build momentum after a breakout season for the Terps in 2017. She started off her season with an individual event title at the Salty Dog Invite on September 9, before finishing as Maryland’s No. 2 runner at the Paul Short Invitational (Sept. 29) and Princeton Invite (Oct. 14). The Freehold, N.J. native took 33rd at B1Gs, and has finished as Maryland’s no. 1 or No. 2 runner in every race she’s competed in this season.
UMD will be on familiar ground at Lehigh, after competing at the Paul Short Invitational hosted on the course just five weeks ago. Sophomore Brittany Lang (107th) and freshman Christine Laurie (169th) finished third and fourth in the Terrapin lineup at the meet on September 9, and have been mainstays in the Terrapin top-5 throughout the season.
Maryland took ninth at last season’s regional championship meet in State College Pa., led by then-junior Alexandra Lucki’s 18th place finish in the field. Maryland has finished inside the top-10 at the meet twice since the 2011 season.
A total of 31 teams compete as a team at the NCAA D-I Championships. 18 bids are automatic (top two teams in each region), 13 bids are at-large. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. From those teams NOT selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected (but must have finished within the top 25 of the region).
Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.