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In the region: Virginia Tech men get NCAA cross country bid

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Melinda Barton | 12 November, 2017, 11:49

The No. 19 Penn State Penn State women's cross country team automatically qualified through to the NCAA Championships in dominating fashion as the Nittany Lions captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional title for a third-straight year Friday morning at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course on the campus of Lehigh University.

"Karissa looked awesome up front", coach Marc Burns said.

Bigelow finished with a time of 22:25.0, topping her previous personal record by 43 seconds.

The Aces men's team finished 26th as a squad while UE's women grabbed a 31st-place finish as a team. The Midshipmen really bought into what we needed to do to win. There was no change midway through the race, with the Nittany Lions establishing control up front and the Wildcats and Hoyas battling for second place.

On Nov. 10, the women's team was steadied by top-three finishes from Paige Stoner and Shannon Malone. The Dawgs rounded out their top five with senior Anna Maxwell in 49th (20:50.8) and freshman Allie Schadler in 66th (21:02.8).

"Morgan Ilse is going to be a star over the course of the next 18 months or so, and we're hopeful that she can get an individual at large berth to nationals", head coach Mark VanAlstyne said. That was good for an automatic bid to the national meet next week. It was our best race at the right time. Sophomore Andy Snyder was the third Husky to finish in the top-10, as he ended up in the ninth spot at 29:45.7. Radford was 30th out of 32 teams. "We learned a great deal today and will be better next year because of it". "We'll fix a couple of things for the next race and we'll be even better". We'll know tomorrow for sure, but she should be a national qualifier. "They were assertive and aggressive, and they didn't give it up".

With 63 points, the Pilots edged Washington by two points for first place.

The Virginia Tech men's cross country team will be making its seventh appearance at the NCAA Championships, as the field for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships was named Saturday afternoon.