KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University men’s cross country team is preparing for a strong showing at the NCAA Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Lock Haven University.
The 10k race will be held at West Branch Cross Country Course at the Stern Athletic Complex, with an 11:45 a.m. start time.
KU will look for some of the same success that it has had over the last few years at the event. The Golden Bears finished eighth overall out of 17 teams last year. It was their sixth-straight top-10 finish at regionals.
The top three teams from the Atlantic Region will automatically advance to the NCAA National Championships. The top two individuals at each regional meet, who are not part of a qualifying team, will also automatically advance to Nationals, as well as any
other runners that finish inside the top-five. The next eight individuals will be selected at-large. There is no limit to the number of at-large individuals that may be selected from the same region. The top individual from each region not receiving an automatic qualifying spot and not on a qualifying team, will be compared head-to-head.
Those finishing among the top-25 in each race will be considered All-Region performers.
At last year’s Regional, Shippensburg won the team title, while Lock Haven and Edinboro finished second and third, respectively. Concord was fourth overall, edging out Bloomsburg for the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA National Championships.
Sophomore Nick DeGennaro is the only runner competing this year that ran in the race last year. DeGennaro finished 80th overall with a time of 36:24.7.
In its last meet two weeks ago, Kutztown placed 8th out of 16 teams at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships. AJ Kilpatrick, Xavier Gutierrez, DeGennaro, Jared Luckanitz and Derek Barney were the top-five finishers for KU.
Barney led KU’s lineup for the first three meets, and Andrew Sulon and Kilpatrick each paced the Golden Bears the last two meets.
Kutztown was voted 10th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Poll, released last week. Shippensburg was first, followed by Edinboro, Indiana (Pa.), Concord and Lock Haven rounding out the top-five.
The NCAA National Championships take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Angel Mounds Cross Country Course in Evansville, IN.