Meyer Qualifies for Nationals, Bulldogs Place Fifth

Meyer Qualifies for Nationals, Bulldogs Place Fifth

Nov. 13, 2004

Complete Results

New York, N.Y. - Lucas Meyer placed third overall to earn his second straight trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships and lead Yale to a fifth-place team finish the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. Fellow senior Casey Moriarty finished 11th and still has an outside chance to qualify for the national meet.

The Bulldogs earned a team score of 143 points to finish ahead of 32 teams. Providence won the meet with 51 points, and Iona took the other automatic national bid with 56 points. Columbia and Brown finished ahead of Yale, but the Elis defeated Dartmouth, the No. 2 team at Heps.

Meyer came in in 30:37.5, just a second out of second place and 1.4 seconds behind individual champion Bruce Hyde of Cornell. Moriarty's time of 31:12.1 was fifth among runners whose teams did not yet qualify. If Brown is announced Sunday as an at-large team qualifier, Moriarty would gain one of the four individual bids from the region.

Junior Patrick Dantzer placed 20th for the Bulldogs in 31:42.6, while senior Josh Yelsey was 42nd in 32:16.6. Junior Andrew Johnson was Yale's final scoring runner, placing 67th in 32:46.8.

Eli sophomore Brian Hanak earned an 81st-place finish in 32:59.0. Junior Scott Peachman placed 99th in the field of 233 with a time of 33:18.7.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity