The men’s and women’s cross country teams made their last stop before nationals next week. While both teams were unable to acquire a top-two finish that would have granted them an automatic bid to go Louisville, Ky., there were a number of strong finishes that would help bolster their resume.
Patrick Tiernan captured his second individual title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in West Windsor Fields this afternoon. The junior finished the 10,000-meter race with a comfortable 25 second margin of victory. He clocked in at 30:15.8, winning it all out of a field of 174.
Tiernan was among the pack in the early stages of the race, at about midway he accelerated to the front and gradually increased his lead from the rest. Fellow Wildcats Rob Denault and Jordy Williamsz joined Tiernan in the top ten, finishing fifth and ninth, respectively. Harry Warnick and Rob Hurlbut cracked the top 50 for the Wildcats.
Tiernan, Denault, Williamsz, and Warnick were each given All-Mid Atlantic Region Honors. This marks the tenth straight year in which the men’s team has had at least four all-region runners.
As for the women’s team, Angel Piccirillo led the way, finishing seventh out of a field of 200 runners. She completed the 6,000-meter race with a time of 21:11.9.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner and Bella Burda were the next to cross the line, finishing in the top 25. Cleirigh Buttner placed 17th overall, with a time of 21:25.2. Meanwhile, Burda captured 22nd, finishing 21:34.3.
The women’s team placed three other runners in the top 50. Nicole Hutchinson, Ann Campbell, and Katie Fisher weren’t too far from each other. Hutchinson finished at 38th, while Campbell and Fisher were right behind her at 41st and 42nd.
Both teams just missed the top spots. The men’s team was third overall, losing to Georgetown and Penn. Villanova finished with 67 team points, with a comfortable distance from the fourth place Princeton, who had 102. However, the Wildcats just missed Penn by seven points.
As for the women’s team, they watched Penn State and Georgetown take the top two spots. The women’s team tallied 125 points, good enough for a fourth place finish. They beat out West Virginia by a rather slim nine point margin, but were over 40 points away from third place Princeton.
Both teams will anxiously wait for tomorrow afternoon, when the NCAA announces what teams will continue to move onto the National Championships in Louisville.