Women’s XC 10th At Regionals
Women’s XC 10th At Regionals
BRONX, N.Y. – Two weeks after placing fourth overall at the America East Championship, the University at Albany women’s cross country team placed 10th overall out of 37 teams at the Northeast Regional Championship, earning victories over two of the three teams that finished ahead of them at the conference meet. UAlbany’s 10th place finish also secures the team the 10th spot in the final iteration of the Northeast regional rankings, an all-time best for the school. At this meet last year, UAlbany broke into the rankings for the first time in school history by finishing 14th overall in the team competition. The Danes had held the 15th spot in the rankings since Week 2 this year.
Silvia Del Fava earned the top place on the team, finishing 10th overall in 20:24.0 for 6K. Her time narrowly edges the school record set by teammate Brittney Lane at this meet a year ago when she ran 20:24.2. Del Fava had previously recorded the second fastest 6K time in school history at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational, where she clocked in at 20:40. Today was the second time Del Fava finished first on the team, and it also happened to be her birthday.
Lane closely followed Del Fava, finishing in 14th place overall in 20:36.7. Lane has placed first overall for the team in four of six competitions this season, with Del Fava taking the top spot in the other two. Lane had placed second overall at the America East Championship, followed by Del Fava in third. Today, both Del Fava and Lane beat the America East Champion, Olivia Burne of Stony Brook, who finished 15th overall. In total, 254 athletes competed in the meet.
Kathryn Fanning finished third for UAlbany, placing 65th overall with a time of 21:42.9. Rounding out UAlbany’s scoring athletes were Johanna Smith, who finished 101st in 22:22.8, and Molly Pezzulo, who finished 137th in 22:42.9. Brianne Bellon, who finished 160th in 23:00.9, and Schuyler Pruyn, who finished 191st in 23:41.7, also competed for UAlbany. Six of the seven UAlbany athletes set season bests during the race.
UAlbany’s secured 10th place by scoring 326 points, beating out Connecticut by a margin of six points. While New Hampshire finished ahead of UAlbany for the second consecutive race, having won the America East Championship, the Danes defeated Stony Brook and Vermont this time around. Providence, who had been ranked first in the Northeast, took the team championship with 44 points. The rest of the top four teams finished in the order of their ranking, with Dartmouth second, Syracuse third, and Cornell fourth. Boston College outraced their ranking by one spot to take fifth, supplanting Harvard, who took sixth. Seventh place Columbia, eighth place Iona, and ninth place New Hampshire, all finished in the same spot as their ranking. The individual winner was Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, who completed the course in 19:48.3, finishing 11 seconds faster than second place.
In addition to the team accolades that were on the line today, UAlbany had a chance to qualify two runners, Del Fava and Lane, to the national meet. The national meet takes both teams and individuals for the championship race, meaning that individuals are selected from teams that haven’t qualified. Both Del Fava and Lane are in play for either automatic or at-large bids depending on how the team at-large bids play out. Final determinations will be made Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
The national championship will take place November 23 and be hosted by Indiana State. If Del Fava and Lane qualify, it will mark their return to the course at Terre Haute, Indiana, where they ran for the Pre-National Invitational in October.