HANOVER, N.H. – The 2017 Dartmouth men’s cross country team is going to try and replicate the accomplishment of their 2016 squad with another strong showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday.
Last year, the Big Green finished third at the meet held in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship Meet as one of the nation’s at-large teams.
This year, Dartmouth will line up against 37 other teams from across the six New England states and New York trying to earn a spot at the 2017 NCAA National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, next weekend.
In order to do that, the Green and White will have to perform well Friday at this year’s regional held at the Audubon Golf Course in Buffalo, New York. The 10K race is set to begin at noon and follow the women’s 6K race that will begin an hour earlier.
The top two teams from each of the nine regional championships will earn automatic berths to the NCAA Meet next Saturday. At-large teams will fill out the field based on their finishes at the respective regional races.
The Big Green were fifth at the Ivy league Heptagonal Championship two weeks ago at Van Cortlandt Park. Seniors Will Shafer (25:34.8) and Pat Gregory (25:48.0) were the team’s top two performers, finishing 19th and 25th, respectively.
A season ago, Dartmouth earned one of the 13 at-large berths into the field thanks to a third-place showing at the Northeast Regional. The Green edged out Providence by a single point, 108-109, in the standings that afternoon, which secured them a spot in Terre Haute by the narrowest of margins.