Cross country ends season at Great Lakes Regional

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As expected, the OR men's and women's cross country teams were added to the NCAA championship meet field on Saturday after failing to earn an automatic berth on Friday during the NCAA West Regional meet.

Four Big Ten women's teams and three men's squads earned automatic or at-large berths to the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, to be held next Saturday, Nov 19, in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Ivy League men's and women's cross country teams are ready for the NCAA Regionals, Friday, Nov. 11. Sophomore Megan O'Neil finished 62nd with a time of 21:28.0 and right behind her was junior Hannah Davis at 63rd with a time of 21:28.2, which was also a personal best. Eighteen teams automatically qualify to the championships races by finishing as one of the top two teams at any of the nine regional races.

In the women's 6K race, the Racers posted their lowest score in program history with a 536 - earning them a 20th place finish among the field of 32. "That's the system we've got". Returning from last year's meet will be Collins, Lembo, Mullins and Ilarda, who all earned All-Region Honors with their respective second, ninth, 11 and 24 place finishes.

14 members of the cross-country team will represent Eastern at the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sophomore Brad Eagan ran one of his best races of the season, pacing the Golden Eagles for the first time this year with a 61st-place overall finish in a time of 31:58.8 on the 10-kilometer course. "I felt pretty good". The Yellow Jackets bested their 17th-place finished from the 2015 season, topping Atlantic Coast Conference foe Miami and finishing 13th out of 30 teams. "We have made a really strong pact in learning to build off of each other's strengths".

"It's feels really good", said Maggard, who was a second-team All-American in the mile during the 2016 indoor track & field season.

"When I got to 8K on pace ... at that point it was like, 'I'm going to PR, it's just a matter of how much, '" he said.

For starters, Dillon Maggard became the seventh Aggie since 2003 to punch a ticket to the NCAA National Championships.

"We are very excited about the South Region Championships".

The women stayed near the beginning of the pack for the first half of the race. Assuming the Cyclone women get in, Topham was the eighth-best individual not on Missouri, Oklahoma State or Iowa State on Friday.

"That was the best performance of the year", Franklin said.

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