MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HOSTS NCAA MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Nov. 12, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --It was a beautiful day in Princess Anne, Maryland for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country meet hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. More than 60 total teams competed in the regional event to determine the teams and runners that would advance to the NCAA National Championship.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was one of eight sites across the United States that hosted regional meets. UMES also hosted the regional in 2009. The top two teams and top 25 runners advance to the championship.
Villanova University and Georgetown University tied for first place in the women's race with a total of 57 points, while West Virginia University finished third with 64 points. Villanova's Sheila Reid finished first with a time of 21:32.7.
Villanova also took second in the men's race with Georgetown finishing first with 47 points. Villanova finished with 63 points. Donn Cabral of Princeton University finished first in a time of 30:30.3, while runners Ryan Sheridan of Villanova and Alexander Lundy from Georgetown finished second and third respectively.
The Hawks Basil Melek had the best finish of any UMES athlete to ever compete in the regional championships. Melek finished 30th overall and ran a school record in the 10,000-meter race for the men.
Melek helped UMES to a 22nd place finish for the men. Anais, Jones and Melek had an impressive day and finishes in an event that welcomed over 200 student-athletes.
Considering the brisk, yet sunny afternoon, the regional was well attended by fans from all over the mid-Atlantic. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department sold NCAA Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional merchandise supplied by the national office, while also providing concessions, programs and managing parking for the event.
The NCAA Cross Country National Championship will take place November 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.