HAVERFORD, Pa. – The No. 15 Haverford Men's Cross Country team will be back in action at the NCAA Regionals on Saturday on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley. Pa. The Fords will look to place within the top two to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky. on November 19. Haverford's harriers will be one of 56 men's squads in the race, and will run out of box assignment 52.
The Fords will come into the contest as the No. 2 team in the Mideast Regional, slotted behind Carnegie Mellon. Carnegie Mellon held onto its top rank in the Mideast regional poll with 80 voting points, while the Fords sat in second with 70 voting points. Johns Hopkins is third in the regional with 60 voting points after pushing the Fords at the Centennial Championships before settling for second in the Centennial race. Dickinson (third at the Centennial Championships) and Widener round out the top five going into the Mideast Regional.
Haverford captured in 21st Centennial Conference title in 24 seasons with a win in the 8K race at the Alumni Cross Country Course on the Haverford Campus on October 29. The same scorers from that race are expected to feature at the DeSales course with junior Henry Woods at the top of a pack of sophomores including Ryan Herlihy, Dylan Gearinger, Graham Peet and Greg Morgan. Senior captains Jimmy Gorman and Charlie Hale also figure to be a major factor in Haverford's performance at the regional.
Last season, the Fords took the NCAA Mideast Regional title en route to a 12th place finish nationally. Haverford has not placed outside the top four at the Mideast Regional since a fifth place tally in 1988. The Men's 8K Race is slated to begin at noon.