WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's and women's cross country teams are excited to host the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Nov. 1, at Kenilworth Park. This is the first time Gallaudet has hosted the NEAC cross country championships.
This year the men's event will feature 12 NEAC schools including Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State College, Penn College, Penn St.-Abington, Penn St.-Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNYIT) and Wells College. Gallaudet men's team is led by sophomore Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.). Close has been the first Bison finisher in each race he has finished this season with Rich not far behind him, never finishing more than two minutes and 21 seconds behind Close. The men's team finished in eighth place at last year's NEAC championships.
The women's event will include all 14 NEAC member schools; Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State College, Penn College, Penn St.-Abington, Penn St.-Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNYIT), Wells College and Wilson College. The Bison women's team is led by seniors Lindsey Corthell (Orlando, Fla.) and Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) who have been the top two Gallaudet finishers for each race this season. Last year the women's team placed 11th in the championship race.
"I am over the moon excited to host the NEAC championships here in D.C.," said head coach Byron Moore. "Both the men's and women's teams have been working hard in preparation for this special event and a chance to showcase their ability. I am hoping to see everyone come out and show their support for Gallaudet University's cross country teams and the NEAC!"
The top five finishers for each squad will count towards their team's total tally, with the best overall team score from each race then taking home the championship. The first-place finisher of each race will be named the conference's runner of the year, while the top 21 runners from each race will be named to the NEAC all-conference teams; (first team: 1st-7th, second team: 8th-14th; third team: 15th-21st). The NEAC cross country head coaches will vote on NEAC Coach of the Year after the meet is over.