SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Susquehanna’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, the reigning 2010 Landmark Conference champions, competed in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday in Slippery Rock, Pa. The men ran to an 11th place finish as a team while the women placed 15th.
The men were one of 47 teams competing at the event, hosted by Carnegie Melon, while the women’s field consisted of 45 teams. Haverford captured the men’s 8k title while Johns Hopkins took home first in women’s 6k race.
Saturday marked the second time this season both squads raced at this course, having competed in the CMU Mideast Pre-Regional back in late September.
For the men, junior Ian Quinlan was SU’s top finisher, posting a time of 25:57.0 to finish 24th. His time was more than a minute faster than his time of 26:47.00 on the same 8k course in September.
David Haklar finished 42nd in the 316-person field with a time of 26:28.9. Like Quinlan, it marked a significant improvement over his September time of 27:15.00.
Mike Harahan placed 67th (26:52.4) while reigning Landmark Rookie of the Year Brandon Mash finished with a time of 27:14.3 to place 87th.
Rounding out the field for SU were Robert Steffen (27:37.8 – 106th), Brendan Kane (28:00.3 – 132nd) and Joe Zamadics (28:14.4 – 146th).
On the women’s side, senior Alycia Woodruff continued her prolific career with an 11th-place finish, the best individual performance by an SU runner on Saturday. She finished the 6k course with a time of 22:39.1 which marked a full 60-second improvement over her time of 23:26 at the CMU Invitational less than two months ago.
Casey Hess was close behind, finishing in 24:16.9 to finish 64th. A trio of sophomores marked the next three finishers for Susquehanna as Carly Bass (24.50.2) finished 96th, Sarah Dickerson (25:28.5) 127th and Carol Giblin (25:32.8) 130th in the field of 314 female runners.
Senior Lauren Smith (25:37.2) placed 135th and Kaitlin Peropat, a junior, finished in 25:41.3, good for 139th.
**UPDATE** Alycia Woodruff has qualified for the NCAA Cross-Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 20.