CENTRE VALLEY, Pa. – Unfortunately injuries left the Susquehanna men’s and women’s cross country teams at less than full strength, but the Crusaders still had a solid showing at the NCAA Regionals, held Saturday at DeSales University.
Highlighting the day was senior Ian Quinlan’s (Eagle View, Pa./Methacton/Lehigh) third-place overall finish, meaning the team captain automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships next weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The men, running with just six runners due to injuries to two of their top runners, placed 17th overall in the 47-team field with 478 points. Haverford won the overall title with 52 points.
Quinlan posted a personal-best time of 25:29 on the 8k course, just four seconds off the top two finishers who both posted official times of 25:25.
The next men’s finisher across the line for SU was freshman Paul Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) (27:36). Senior Justin Zarzaca (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown), freshman Alex Price (Skytop, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) and junior Brendan Kane (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) were separated by a mere eight seconds with respective times of 28:25, 28:29 and 28:33. The final runner across the line was Robby Caulfield (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) with his time of 26:26.
The women were without three of their top seven runners but still managed to finish 29th overall out of the 47 teams. Johns Hopkins took the team title with 78 points.
Junior Sarah Dickerson (York Haven, Pa./Northeastern) capped off her solid junior season by running the 6k course in a time of 25:36 and was the Crusaders’ top female finisher. Just 33 seconds behind her was sophomore Shannon Galvin (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South) who posted a time of 26:09 and 10 seconds later, freshman Fatima Resendiz-Zavala (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) crossed the finish in 26:19.
Juniors Rachel Mack (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) and Kim McGrath (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick) were separated by just 10 seconds (26:44, 26:54) and freshman Megan Ashford (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area) and junior Kimmie Leonhardt (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) were the final two across the online for Susquehanna with times of 27:10 and 29:28.
Quinlan Highlights SU’s Performance at Cross Country Regionals