HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team is headed to the 2016 NCAA Championship Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Big Green will line up against 30 other teams from across the nation on the 10K LaVern Gibson Championship Course in a meet hosted by Indiana State. The gun is set to go off at noon.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Dartmouth earned one of the 13 at-large berths into the field thanks to a third-place showing at the Northeast regional at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx last Friday. The Green narrowly edged out Providence by a single point, 108-109, which secured them a spot in Terre Haute.
Coming into the weekend in the Hoosier State, and on the strength of the third-place showing at regionals, Dartmouth is ranked No. 28 in the country in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. The lone Ivy League team to be featured on the list, the Big Green are one of four teams to jump into the poll after being unranked a week ago.
FROM COACH HARWICK
“We are very excited to return to the NCAA Championships. 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 Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Barry Harwick ’77
The Big Green are the only Ivy League program competing on the men’s side. Harvard, Yale and Penn will be represented on the women’s side (6K, 11 a.m.)
To earn all-region distinction, an individual must finish in the top-25 of their respective regional race. Dartmouth had four such runners in the Bronx last week:
- Daniel Salas: 12th, 30:48
- Connor Clark: 19th, 31:11
- Matt Herzig: 20th, 31:12
- Nat Adams: 21st, 31:14
Senior Julian Heninger was the team’s lone All-Ivy League honoree. Heninger claimed seventh on the 8K course in 24:08 at the 2016 Heps race in Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 29, earning first-team recognition and helping Dartmouth claim fourth as a team.
WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
- The Big Green have now qualified for the NCAA Championships an Ivy-League record 19 times.
- Dartmouth has reached the final meet of the year in: 1975, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013 and now 2016.
- The 1986 and 1987 squads each finished second at the NCAA meet, the best results ever for an Ivy League team.
WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE… THIS YEAR
Dartmouth has already run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in 2016, competing at the NCAA Pre-Meet on Oct. 15. Running on the 8K course in Terre Haute that day, the Green and White finished 18th in a field of 40, posting 498 points in the process. Of the teams who competed that day in October, seven will return this weekend for nationals.
Fans looking to follow the action on Saturday can do so by watching the live video stream provided by the NCAA free of charge. Results will also be posted live through the NCAA’s website.