Nov. 21, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
For the first time since 1994, the Nittany Lion men's and women's cross country teams will both toe the line at the NCAA Championships, Monday at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Both Penn State squads have had sensational seasons thus far, and have also been recognized consistently among the nation's elite throughout the fall, as the Nittany Lion women enter the weekend at No. 23 in the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) poll, and the men are go into the competition ranked 26th. The Nittany Lions have also been a regular entrant in the national competition over the past several years, with the women's squad taking 14th overall a year ago, and the men's team finishing 25th in 2008.
About the Meet: The NCAA Cross Country Championships
When: Monday, November 22
Where: LaVern Gibson Championship Course (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Race Times (Distances): 12:08 p.m. (Women's 6,000-meters); 12:48 p.m. (Men's 10,000-meters)
Results and LIVE Video Stream: Available at www.NCAA.com
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A young, but experienced Nittany Lion women's contingent will make its second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, coming off a 14th-place effort in 2009. In fact, four members of Penn State's NCAA squad from a year ago will be back in 2010, led by junior Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.), who placed 86th overall, and 69th among team competitors in Terre Haute last fall. Lane has come on strong over the past several races, leading the Lions at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships with a 12th-place finish in a stacked field. Lane led a quintet of Lions in all-region status (top 25), including Kara Millhouse (Boiling Springs, Pa.) in 20th, sophomore Natalie Bower (Pleasant Unity, Pa.) in 21st, senior Maura Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) in 22nd, and sophomore Brooklyne Ridder (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 25th. Of the Lion top five, Lane, Millhouse, Bower, and Ridder will be making return appearances at the NCAA Championships.
The Nittany Lion men will also send a group of athletes with outstanding NCAA accolades to Terre Haute, including two-time NCAA cross country qualifier Vince McNally (Paoli, Pa.), and junior Kyle Dawson (Coatesville, Pa.), who placed 81st overall, and 64th in team scoring as a freshman in 2008. Dawson and McNally have represented an potent one-two punch for the Nittany Lions this fall, taking second and third places, respectively, at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, to follow up on all-conference finishes at the Big Ten Championships last month. The Lions will also rely on the national experience of NCAA All-Americans Ryan Foster (Tasmania, Australia) and Owen Dawson (Coatesville, Pa.) - both All-Americans at 800-meters, who have both stepped up to make a tremendous impact on the Lions' cross country results this fall.