HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team is headed back to the NCAA Championship for an Ivy League-record 19th time.
The Big Green were one of 13 teams from across the nation to earn an at-large berth following Friday’s regional meets. In all, 31 teams will be competing at nationals this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at Wabash Valley Family Sport Center located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Of those 31 teams, 18 earned automatic berths by virtue of finishing either first or second at one of the nine respective regionals held across the country.
Dartmouth earned one of the 13 at-large bids thanks to a third-place finish Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx at the Northeast Regional. Beating out Providence by a single point most likely helped the Green and White qualify as the highly ranked Friars pushed Dartmouth into the field.
“We are very excited to return to the NCAA championships,” The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Barry Harwick ’77 said. “It took a tremendous amount of hard work by the entire squad, particularly our five seniors, to earn the trip. We had our best race of the year at the regional meet and we look forward to carrying that momentum on to the nationals.”
The only Ivy League team to qualify, the Big Green now add 2016 to a list of NCAA Championship appearances that include: 1975, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2013. The 1986 and 1987 teams each finished second at the nationals, the best results ever for an Ivy team.
Four members of Dartmouth’s 2016 squad earned all-region honors with top-25 finishes Friday in the Bronx, led by senior Daniel Salas in 12th place with a time of 30:48. Seniors Connor Clark (19th, 31:11), Matt Herzig (20th, 31:12) and Nat Adams (21st, 31:14) also earned all-regional honors, helping to solidify Dartmouth’s place in Indiana this weekend.