November 5, 2007

Bulldogs to Compete at NCAA Northeast Regional

Nov. 5, 2007

New Haven, Conn. - Saturday, Yale's top seven will travel to Boston to compete in the 69th Annual NCAA Northeast Regional meet hosted by Harvard. The men will be tested against more than 30 teams over the 10,000-meter course at Franklin Park when the gun goes off at 2:30pm. This regional meet will help determine which teams and individuals qualify for the NCAA National Championships later this month.

Last year, the Elis placed 8th at the Regional meet, breaking a tie with Cornell based on the higher finish of their 6th man. Iona won the team title, placing three runners in the top seven. They were led by the second place finish of junior Mohamed Khadroui, who is the top returnee this year.

Junior Jake Gallagher was Yale's top finisher at last year's meet, placing 29th with a time of 32:44 over the hilly, 10,000-meter course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

No. 4 Iona is once again the favorite after topping the most recent Northeast Region Polls, trailed by No. 18 Providence. Rounding out the top 10 teams are Syracuse, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Brown, New Hampshire, Dartmouth and Stony Brook. After a disappointing 8th place finish at the Heptagonal Championships, Yale dropped down to a 14th place ranking, but the Bulldogs will look to better that showing this week.

The Elis will once again look to Gallagher to lead the team in a strong performance. In addition to Gallagher, Yale returns two other members of last year's regional squad: senior captain Tadhg O'Callaghan and junior Murat Kayali. Sophomore Chris Labosky should also be a deciding factor after his recent breakout performance at the Heptagonal Championships.

The teams with the top two finishes this weekend from each of the nine regions will receive automatic bids to compete at the National Championships held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19. An additional 13 teams will be selected "at-large" based on their performances this season. Thirty-eight individuals, the first four athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team and two additional qualifiers from around the nation, will be awarded at-large bids as well.

For day-of-race results, go to http://ncaasports.com/crosscountry/schedules.

report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity