PHILADELPHIA – For the first time in over three decades, Thomas Jefferson University is hosting the NCAA East Region Championships this Saturday, November 9 at Belmont Plateau.
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12 p.m. – Women's 6K Championship Race
1:15 p.m. – Men's 10K Championship Race
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New York Tech
Southern New Hampshire
Southern Connecticut State
St. Thomas Aquinas
The top three teams from each of the eight regional meets will automatically advance to the national championship on Saturday, November 23 in Sacramento, Calif. Ten at-large teams will be selected from across the country.
In addition, the top two individuals who are not part of a qualifying team will automatically advance to the national championship. All individuals who finish in the top five at the regional meet and are not part of a qualifying team will automatically advance. An additional eight individuals will be selected at-large.
INSIDE THE WOMEN'S RACE
Stonehill is the defending regional champion, totaling 58 points in 2018 and edging out Roberts Wesleyan (63). Stonehill, Roberts Wesleyan and Merrimack represented the East at nationals and placed 14th, 21st and 27th respectively. There will be a new individual champion as Post's Kendall Fitzgerald did not compete this season.
Returning All-Region runners include Nicole Julian (Adelphi), Kialeigh Marston (Assumption), Paige Fehskens (Bentley), Erin Young (Jefferson), Michaela Bierly (Roberts Wesleyan), Abigail Gostomski (Roberts Wesleyan), Bailey Gostomski (Roberts Wesleyan), Brittany Shumway (Roberts Wesleyan), Ashley Watson (Roberts Wesleyan), Jordan Callahan (Stonehill), Sam Curtin (Stonehill), Alyssa Freeman (Stonehill), Anna Lastra (Stonehill) and Siobhan O'Keefe (Stonehill).
INSIDE THE MEN'S RACE
Stonehill will look to defend its regional title from 2018, where it recorded 52 points to beat out American International (63). American International, Stonehill, Southern Connecticut State and Southern New Hampshire competed at the national championships and placed 20th, 21st, 33rd and 34th respectively. A new individual champion will be crowned as American International lost Leakey Kipkosgei to graduation.
There are 16 All-Region runners returning, including Benoit Campion (American International), Charlie Joslin-Allen (American International), Jason Reed (Franklin Pierce), Chris Davitt (Le Moyne), Noah Simatei (New York Tech), Josiah Ottolini (Roberts Wesleyan), Shane Pease (Roberts Wesleyan), Christopher LeBeau (Southern Connecticut State), Terrell Patterson (Southern Connecticut State), Connor Shannahan (Southern Connecticut State), Micah Hewitson (Southern New Hampshire), Michael Moreno (Southern New Hampshire), Nickolas McNamee (Stonehill), Jeff Pichie (Stonehill), Lucas Taxter (Stonehill) and Kevin Wheelock (Stonehill).