For Immediate Release
November 17, 2011
South Easton, Mass. – Northeast-10 Conference schools will have many active participants at the 2011 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 19 in Spokane, Washington.
Bentley University and Stonehill College are among the 24 women's qualifying teams, as are the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Stonehill in the men's class.
The women's race will begin at 2:00 p.m. to be followed by the men's race at 3:00 p.m. Both competitions will be held at Plantes Ferry Regional Park.
Eligibility required teams and individuals to qualify at their respective NCAA regional competitions, which took place on November 6 at Franklin Park in Boston.
Four student-athletes are also among the individual qualifiers in Spokane. For the women, junior Jeptui Cherutich of American International College will compete at nationals in a field of 19 individuals.
Cherutich finished first at the Women's Cross Country NCAA Division II East Regional on November 6 with a time of 21:54.4 in order to qualify. Cherutich, who hails from Eldama Ravine, Kenya, also won the Northeast-10 Championship with a time of 17:39.34 at Stanley Park on October 23.
Among the men's 19-runner individual field, Glarius Rop and James Mee of American Int'l and Adelphi University's Andrew Coelho will compete at nationals representing the East Region.
Rop ran a time of 23:59.72 to take first place at the Northeast-10 Championships last month, and the Eldoret, Kenya native also broke the half-hour mark (29:50.07) to win the Men's Cross Country NCAA Division II East Regional earlier this month. Rop, a junior, was the only individual to complete the course in less than 30 minutes.
Mee, a senior, finished fourth overall with a time of 31:36.9 at regionals in order to qualify for nationals, while Coelho, a junior, finished second only to Rop with a time of 31:02.1 to earn the trip to Spokane. Coelho also placed fourth at the conference championship with a time of 24:24.75 in October.
The Stonehill women's team saw its five qualifiers all finish within 39 seconds of each other to take first place at the East Regional competition in Boston. Senior Maura Ferrarini, sophomore Sarah Biggers, junior Kristen Veit, sophomore Chelsea Bishop and senior Jill Alves all broke the 24-minute mark. The Skyhawks also claimed this year's Northeast-10 Championship.
The Bentley women's team finished second to Stonehill, as Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year Tara Dooley finished second overall with a time of 21:58.7. The Falcons also boast junior Amy Varsell, sophomore Ashley Nichols, junior Caitlin Fahey and senior Evelyn Marrero as their top-five.
UMass Lowell took first place in the men's regional competition, led by a fifth-place overall finish from senior Greg Wilson (31:44.4). Fellow senior Daniel Wang, freshman Matthew Cioe, and sophomores Max O'Brien and Christopher Estrella all finished among the top-21 runners.
Senior Steve Polito finished third overall with a time of 31:30.4 as the Stonehill men's team finished second at regionals to qualify for nationals. Sophomores Paul Cina, Scott Waller, and Trent Dontanella and freshman Daniel Gordon all finished with times under 33 minutes. Stonehill also placed first at the Northeast-10 Championship this year.
To visit the NCAA page regarding all of the championship qualifier information, click here.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.