HANOVER, N.H. - On Saturday afternoon, the Dartmouth women's cross country team will face arguably its toughest competition of the season when it run in the 2011 NCAA Northeast Region Championship. The 6K race will take place on the Audubon Golf Course in Amherst, N.Y., and is hosted by the University of Buffalo.

The women's race is schedule to begin at 1: 15 p.m.

Head coach Mark Coogan will have seven of his top runners on the course that day as the Big Green and its individual runners will look to secure spots at the NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend.

Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.), fresh off her individual title at the 2011 Heps in Princeton, N.J., will lead the Dartmouth contingent Saturday afternoon.

Senior Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.), who was the second Dartmouth runner at Heps two weeks ago, also made the trip to the suburban Buffalo course.

Juniors Katie Sullivan (Carmel, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine) will be joined by sophomores Caitie Meyer (Weston, Mass.), Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Bridget End (Summit, N.J.) to round out the field representing Dartmouth at the meet.

Saturday's race will feature teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut and New York.

The Big Green finished fifth at this year's Heptagonal Championship with 119 points. D'Agostino's first-place finish was the first for Dartmouth since the 1997 season.