Braffet, Kelsey Lead Terps at NCAA Regionals
Nov. 10, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Meghan Braffet placed 17th overall to lead the University of Maryland finishers Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by Lehigh University.
The Maryland men and women each improved in the team standings from last season's performance. The Terrapin men finished ninth overall after placing 14th a year ago, with Greg Kelsey pacing Maryland with a 23rd-place finish individually.
Braffet and Kelsey each earned All-Region honors by virtue of their finish.
"This was our best meet of the year," said head coach Andrew Valmon. "We finished off the season very well and had two All-Region honorees."
Braffet helped the Terps women move from ninth a year ago to eighth on Saturday. She covered the 6-kilometer course Saturday in 20:47 to lead the Terrapins. She improved on her 23rd-place individual finish at last year's regionals.
Erin Matyus placed 40th for the Terrapins at 20:47, with Lindsay Ritchings in 63rd at 22:07, Angeli Sivaraman placing 75th in 22:20 and Kylynn McKinley as Maryland's fifth scorer in 89th at 22:33. Kristin Reed was 94th for the Terps in 22:42.
Junior Melissa Grelli of Georgetown was the individual winner, finishing in 19:50. She won by three seconds over Liz Costello of Princeton, with Marie-Louise Asselin of West Virginia in third.
Princeton won the team title on the women's side, placing five runners in the top 18 and scoring 56 points. West Virginia was second with 77 points, with Georgetown just behind at 79 points.
Braffet likely just missed earning an invitation to run as an individual at the NCAA Nationals on Nov. 19. The top two teams from each of nine regions, plus 13 at-large teams determined by the NCAA, will advance to nationals. The top four finishers at each region, not on an advancing team, will run as individuals at nationals.
Should the NCAA take third-place Georgetown as an at-large team on the women's side, Braffet would still be eighth among individuals not on advancing teams.
Kelsey finished the 10-kilometer course in 30:58 to lead the Terrapin men. Ben Diestel was 30th in 31:14, with Richie Booth placing 51st in 31:30. Joe Simpson was 64th in 31:49, with Kevin Gahr just behind to finish in the fifth spot for Maryland with a 67th-place finish, also in 31:49.
Kelsey and Diestel, who have run at the top of the lineup for the men throughout the season, improved drastically on their finishes from a yaer ago. Kelsey was 57th overall last year at Lock Haven, while Distel was 78th.
The Mid-Atlantic Regionals completed the University of Maryland cross country season.
MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top-five and Maryland finishers)
WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS