NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's cross country team will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. This meet presents each competing team the opportunity to earn qualification for the NCAA National Championships in Madison, Wis. Each year, the best teams from New England gather to race, and the top two teams automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championships. This will occur across the country – throughout nine separate regions.
Six Ivy League schools will compete in the Northeast Regional, including Yale, along with a handful of other schools from a variety of conferences. Syracuse is entering the meet ranked in the top position, with Harvard currently ranked second; both of these teams are in position to be the region's qualifiers for the national championships. Iona and Army West Point secured the third and fourth rankings, and Dartmouth enters the meet ranked fifth, after finishing third at Ivy Heps. Yale, ranked 11th, sits behind eighth-ranked Columbia and 10th-ranked Brown. The Bulldogs definitely want to perform better than their ranking, considering they already beat sixth-ranked UMass Lowell earlier this season.
At Ivy Heps, the Bulldogs stuck to their race strategy and ran in a tight pack – finishing with only 17.3 seconds between their five scorers. This plan can be advantageous at bigger meets, like regionals, to minimize points lost between the team's top five finishers. Expected to lead the Bulldogs' tight pack will be Trevor Reinhart, coming off a 30th-place finish at Ivy Heps. At regionals, the top four individuals not on a qualifying team will be invited to compete at the NCAA National Championships. Reinhart is no stranger to national championships, having competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2017.
Cade Brown, Charlie Gardner, Jonathan Lomogda and Robert Miranda rounded out the top five for the Bulldogs at Ivy Heps, and will look to ensure the Bulldogs stay tightly-knit across the 10,000m race this weekend. This will be the first cross country 10,000m race for Brown and Miranda, as they have only raced 8,000m this season, but they will be surrounded by more experienced Bulldogs who will show them the ropes of longer racing. Lomogda finished well at this race in 2017, placing 64th overall – second for the Bulldogs. With his speed as a catalyst, the Bulldogs could find themselves higher than their ranking at the conclusion of the meet.
Hugh Sadler and Allen Siegler were sixth and seventh, respectively, for the Bulldogs at Ivy Heps and will toe the line this weekend in what may be their final race of the season. Both athletes finished within 11 seconds of Gardner at Ivy Heps, so they will still be relied upon this weekend to contribute to the pack's effort up front throughout the race. Considering how long the race is, the more help the Bulldogs can get from each other, the better.
The men's 10,000m championship race will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday following the women's 6,000m at 11:00 a.m. The meet's homepage, which includes course maps, directions to the meet and start lists can be found here. Live results will be posted here as they become available.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity