PITTSBURGH – The Pitt men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to race in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course this Friday, November 10th in Bethlehem, Pa. The women’s 6k race will begin at 12pm, followed by the men’s 10k race at 1pm.
Competing for the Panthers:
- Set to compete for the Panthers on the women’s side are Ellen Baker, Emily Brown, Olivia Bufalini, Sadie Carey-Tharp, Reagan Flannery, and Camy Kiser.
- Competing for the men are Quintin Gatons, Peyton Geehrer, Luke Henseler, Jack Miller, Luke Miller, Sam Otis, and Finn Walsh.
Panthers in the Polls:
- The women’s team began the season ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Preseason Poll. The Panthers climbed as high as fourth in the rankings, achieving the best ranking in program history, after a dominant performance at the Joe Piane Invitational.
- The men’s team started the year off strong, as they were ranked fourth in the initial USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. At the time, this was their highest ranking in program history. Two weeks later, the Panthers would move up one spot to number three in the poll.
Scouting the Competition:
- 30 teams are set to compete in the Women’s 6k Championship Race. Georgetown, Penn, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Villanova and West Virginia are the notable teams in the region.
- There will be 29 teams competing in the Men’s 10k Championship Race. Villanova and Princeton have remained atop the Mid-Atlantic Region throughout the entire season. Other teams that have been ranked within the top five include Georgetown, La Salle, Navy, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
2022 Regional Recap:
- Last season, the men’s squad finished in 5th place at the 2022 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Penn State. The Panthers were led by Jack Miller’s 7th place finish in 30:11.2. Luke Henseler followed in 13th place with a time of 30:18.7.
- Henseler and Miller went on to represent Pitt in the NCAA Championships held in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- The women’s team finished in tenth place. Emily Brown led the women’s group with a 36th place finish in 21:26.5. Sadie Carey-Tharp crossed the line in 21:32.70, earning 40th place.
Last Time Out…