NCAA Preview: Men's XC Looks to Build on Momentum of Regional Win at NCAA Championships

NCAA Preview: Men's XC Looks to Build on Momentum of Regional Win at NCAA Championships

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AMHERST, Mass. – Capturing the top spot at the New England Regionals on Nov. 10 to earn an automatic qualifying bid to the 2018 NCAA Championships, the eighth-ranked Amherst College men's cross country team is set to compete in the national meet for the ninth time in program history, and fifth consecutive season, after placing fourth in Division III in 2017.

Thirty-two teams were selected to participate at the NCAA's, with the top-two seven person teams from each of the eight regions (16 teams) earning automatic qualifying bids and 16 teams garnering at-large bids. In addition, fifty-six individuals, the first seven student-athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team, also received bids to compete.

Capturing four team titles and yet to fall outside of the top-four in five races against D3 competition this fall, the Mammoths opened the year with a first place finish at the Little III Championships on Sept. 8 before logging fourth overall at the 16-team Purple Valley Classic on Sept. 22. Amherst then captured 22nd at the multi-division Paul Short Classic to close out the month of September. Taking first overall in both races in October, the Mammoths claimed the top spot at the 27-team Connecticut College Invite on Oct. 13 before successfully defending their NESCAC crown on Oct. 27. The Mammoths confirmed their return to the national meet two weeks later on Nov. 10, earning the team title at the New England Regionals to earn a team automatic qualifying bid.

Amherst is set to have a good mix of young talent and experienced runners at this season's NCAA Championship, with five of the 10 traveling Mammoths' harriers having competed in the national meet a season ago. An All-American in 2017 after placing 33rd (24:54.48) at the national meet, Clark Ricciardelli '20 enters the weekend looking to once again make a big impact on the scoresheet, while Cosmo Brossy '19 and Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 will look to improve on 25:24.65 (82nd) and 25:33.48 (111th) marks, respectively. Tucker Meijer '19 (25:34.18 / 112th) and Kristian Sogaard '19 (26:00.91 / 191st) round out Amherst runners with NCAA experiences, while Estevan Velez '20, Ajay Sarathy '21, Braxton Schuldt '21, Bill Massey '21 and Matthew Bradley '22 enter the mix as newcomers to the NCAA Championship.

Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the men's 8-kilometer race is slated to begin at 1:15 PM eastern time this Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.

AMHERST HARRIERS

  Little III's Purple Valley Paul Short Conn. Invite NESCAC's DIII NE's
 Cosmo Brossy '19 19:32.3 / 3rd 26:10.3 / 8th 25:12 / 41st 24:54.6 / 2nd 25:29.3 / 3rd 25:22.75 / 12th
 Tucker Meijer '19 20:00.2 / 6th 26:35.9 / 22nd 25:42 / 112th 25:18.7 / 9th 26:00.8 / 10th 25:31.67 / 15th
 Kristian Sogaard '19 20:36.7 / 18th 27:14.4 / 50th 26:57 / 286th -- 26:44.1 / 36th 26:41.13 / 78th
 Clark Ricciardelli '20 19:30.4 / 2nd 26:04.3 / 7th 25:15 / 50th 25:00.5 / 6th 25:48.3 / 6th 25:00.13 / 4th
 Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20   19:45.4 / 4th 27:09.3 / 47th 26:24 / 222nd 25:58.3 / 44th 26:37.9 / 33rd 26:46.45 / 84th
 Estevan Velez '20 -- -- 26:24 / 223rd 25:53.9 / 39th 27:06.5 / 63rd 25:36.51 / 16th
 Ajay Sarathy '21 20:27.3 / 16th 27:01.9 / 38th 26:58 / 287th 25:33.1 / 21st 26:11.8 / 16th 25:39.51 / 18th
 Braxton Schuldt '21 20:55.0 / 22nd 27:31.9 / 63rd 26:18 / 208th 26:17.7 / 83rd 27:47.6 / 101st --
 Bill Massey '21 -- -- 26:40 27:47.5 / 245th 26:23.1 / 25th --
 Matthew Bradley '22 20:17.9 / 12th 27:13.4 / 49th 26:56 / 284th 25:50.8 / 34th 28:11.6 / 116th --

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