WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CONCLUDES HISTORIC SEASON AT NCAA NATIONALS
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After finishing third at the NCAA Regional Championships two weekends ago, the Merrimack College women's cross country team will wrap up a historic 2013 campaign this Saturday (Nov. 23), as the Warriors take their talents to Spokane, Wash., to compete against the best runners in the country as part of Merrimack's first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Championships.
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 | 1:15 p.m.
Regional Championship Finish: Merrimack (3rd / 149 Points)
Location: Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex | Spokane, Wash.
A Glance at the NCAA Championship Field
The top three teams of seven student-athletes from each region automatically qualified. Additional berths were awarded to regions based on the first eight team finishers at the 2012 championships. The top three individual finishers from each region who are not part of a qualifying team automatically qualified for the championships. In addition, all individual competitors who finish in the top five overall places in their respective regional meet and are not a member of a qualifying team automatically advance to the championships. The list of advancing teams and individuals are outlined below.
Women's Qualifying Teams (School, Region)
Adams State, South Central
Augustana (S.D.), Central
California State Chico, West
Colorado-Colorado Springs, South Central
Columbus State, Southeast
Grand Valley State, Midwest
Indiana (Penn.), Atlantic
Metro State, South Central
Minnesota Duluth, Central
Nova Southeastern, South
Saginaw Valley State, Midwest
Seattle Pacific, West
Simon Fraser, West
Southwest Baptist, Central
Tarleton State, South Central
West Texas A&M, South Central
Western State, South Central
Western Washington, West
Winona State, Central
Last Time Out: Merrimack Clinches National Championship Berth with 3rd Place Finish at Regionals
Guided by a pair of top-20 finishes, Merrimack continued a historic season, qualifying for the NCAA National Championship in Spokane, Wash., for the first time in program history after placing third as a team at the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 10 at Franklin Park in Boston.
On a day that saw two different Warriors finish inside the top-20, Merrimack sealed itself a spot in the NCAA National Championships after finishing with a combined time of 1:58.37, good for the third-best time in the 26-team field to clinch a spot in Nationals.
Schmidt's 16th-place finish was tops among all Warriors, finishing in 23:14 in the 6K course. Her finish highlighted Merrimack's impressive field of top-five finishers, with senior Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.) representing Merrimack's next-closest finisher with a time of 23:18.
For the full recap from the NCAA Regionals, please click here!
A Look Back at NE-10s
Backed by a pair of all-conference performances by Coleman sophomore Kristin Schmidt (Athens, N.Y.), Merrimack ran to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27 at Saint Anselm College.
Guided by Coleman, the Warrior women posted a very respectable fourth-place finish, defeating fellow Northeast-10 Conference schools such as Southern New Hampshire, Saint Rose, Adelphi, and Le Moyne. The Windsor, Conn., native finished 13th with a time of 19:00 even in the 5K course on Sunday.
Schmidt and Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.) finished in 20th and 35th, respectively, to add to the Warriors' successful afternoon. Rookie Claire Aalerud (Winchester, Mass.)finished in 44th with a time with 20:01 to bolster an impressive rookie year resume, and finally, senior Brianna Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H) and freshman Colleen Englert(Fayetteville, N.Y.) finished in 48th and 49th, respectively, separated by just one second.
For the full recap from the NE-10 Championships, please click here!