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Del Fava Wraps Season At Nationals

Women’s Results

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Silvia Del Fava, the University at Albany’s first athlete to qualify for the Division I NCAA Championship in cross country, crossed the line Saturday in 21:06.4, marking the end of UAlbany’s 2013 cross country season.  Del Fava navigated the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at Indiana State University to a 72nd place finish amidst a field featuring 253 runners divided among 31 teams and an additional 38 individuals. 

The 6K women’s course and the 10K men’s course were altered slightly early Saturday morning.  The starting line was moved up by about 110 meters from its original point, in an effort to provide the most fair, equal, and safe start for all of the competitors.  The width of the starting boxes was also altered, shrinking to one meter.  Del Fava remained in Individual Group 4 and assigned to Box 4, but would now start behind two other members of the group instead of directly on the starting line.  With the change in the location of the starting line, none of the times recorded on the day would count for record setting purposes.

Last week at the Northeast regional championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., Del Fava narrowly set a 6K school record at 20:24.0, surpassing her teammate Brittney Lane’s time of 20:24.2 that was set at the 2012 Northeast regional meet.  Previously, Del Fava had run the second fastest 6K in school history, a 20:39.15 effort at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.

Del Fava’s 10th place finish earned her a berth into the national championship as an individual.  Lane had also been in the running, but with Boston College not earning a team at-large bid, Del Fava was the final individual qualifier out of the Northeast.

Providence, the top-ranked team in the country entering the weekend, took the team title, scoring 141 points.  They edged Arizona, who scored 197 points.  All five of Providence’s scoring athletes finished 76th or better, with their top runner finishing seventh overall.

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the individual title, after taking second at the national championship a year ago.  She crossed the line in 20:00.3, earning a three second victory over second-place Emma Bates from Boise State.

Del Fava was the last UAlbany cross country athlete, from either the men’s or women’s team, still competing.  With her season now over, she can join her teammates as they transition to the beginning of indoor track.  UAlbany’s first event will be a team scrimmage in SEFCU Arena on Monday, December 9.  The Danes’ first proper meet will be the Penn State Relays on Saturday, January 11 at State College, Pa.

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