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Cross Country is 17th at NCAA New England Regionals; Young Qualifies for NCAA Nationals

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., November 12, 2005 -- Springfield College senior Meg Young (Hurley N.Y.) took third place and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships as the Pride finished seventeenth, today, at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships at Veterans Golf Course hosted by Springfield College.

Young earned her second trip to the National Championships (2003) as she covered the six-kilometer course in 21:44. Young set a personal record in her best Regionals performance over her four year career. Young will travel to Delaware, Ohio on Saturday November 19 for the National Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.

Young was followed by sophomore Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) who covered the course in 24:24 to finish 94th overall. Pride freshman Lara Dalidowitz (Southington, Conn.) finished just behind Brigham in 24:26 as she crossed the line in 96th place. Junior Jackie Knoblock (Plymouth, Mass.) and seniorJessie Zaccaro (Washingtonville, N.Y.) rounded out the top five for the Pride in times of 24:40 (108th place) and 25:47 (159th), respectively.

The Pride took seventeenth place overall, in the 48-team field, with 460 points. Williams won the meet with 48 points, followed by Colby (81), Amherst (88), and Middlebury (129).

On the men’s side, Pride junior Tetsuji Kambara (Osaka, Japan)placed 82nd overall as he covered the five-mile course in 27:14. Kambara was followed by junior Ryan Palmison (Plymouth, N.H.) (103rd place, 27:37), junior Patrick Hepper (Bernardsville, N.J.) (120th, 28:01), senior Scott Barton (Fort Plain, N.Y.) (121st, 28:01) and sophomore Ian Wright (Colonie, N.Y.) (123rd, 28:09).

SC scored 549 points to finish seventeenth in the 43-team field. Tufts won the meet with 62 points, followed by Wesleyan (118), and Keene State (132).
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Jim Pennington Jim Pennington enters his 29th season as head coach of the Springfield College women’s cross country and track and field teams in 2013. Under Pennington’s direction, the Pride has recorded seven top 20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top 15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Read more.

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