Thursday, November 15, 2007

XC: Men win NCAA Mid Atlantic; Women take 3rd, Grelli takes individual title

Georgetown Men Win NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional; Grelli Wins Women's Race as Hoya Women Finish Third

The Georgetown University men's cross country team placed six individuals among the top-15 overall and cruised to a win at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, while junior Melissa Grelli (Cupertino, Calif./Presentation) won the women's race to lead the Hoyas to a third place finish of 28 teams at Lehigh University's Goodman campus.

The men's team topped the 28-team field with 42 points, while Villanova placed second (70), followed by Princeton (74), American (176) and Navy rounding out the top-five (184).

The women's field was won by Princeton, who placed five individuals among the top-20 overall, with 56 points. West Virginia was second (77), followed by Georgetown (79), Penn State (93) and Villanova (115).

Georgetown's men's team was led by senior Matt Debole (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), who finished second in the field of 189 runners, completing the 10K course in 30:18, and sophomore Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), who placed third in 30:24.

On the women's side, Grelli completed the 6K course in 19:50, eight seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Junior Lisa Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) finished in eighth place in 20:25 and senior Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Holy Names) placed ninth in 20:28.

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