Cross Country Travels to Michigan for NCAA Regional Championships

Cross Country Travels to Michigan for NCAA Regional Championships


The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Hope College in Holland, Michigan to compete in the 2016 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, November 12th.

The women's 6K race is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start on Saturday, with the men's 8K race scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at the West Ottawa Golf Club.  More information on the meet is available on the official website at

Competing teams at the NCAA Regionals have a chance to qualify automatically for the NCAA Division III Championships on November 19th in Louisville, Kentucky by finishing in the top-two in the region.  An additional 16 at-large teams and 56 individuals from each gender will be selected to compete in the NCAA Championships as well, with performances at each of the eight regionals across the country weighing heavily in the selection process.

The field of competitors for the NCAA Championships will be posted to by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13th.

The top-35 individual finishers for both men and women at the race will earn all-region honors.  The Spartans will be returning one all-region honoree from last year's meet, junior Sam Merriman, who placed eighth at the event and helped CWRU to a ninth-place finish out of 36 teams.  The Spartan men have one other returning competitor from last year's competition, senior Galen Caldwell, who placed 83rd at the competition.  The CWRU women placed fourth out of 33 teams at last year's meet, and will be returning one runner who competed last year – junior Danielle Kulpins who finished 81st overall.

The Case Western Reserve men will enter the meet ranked fifth in the region, while the women are ranked ninth.  Additional runners scheduled to compete for the CWRU men include senior Bryan Kelly, juniors Joseph Volpe and Aidan DeSanto, sophomore James De La Cruz and freshman Luke Robbins, while junior Rachel Laveson, sophomores Jennifer Hoffmann, Isa Torres-Padin and Sophie Trikeriotis and freshmen Vanessa Pasadyn and Madeline Lindemann are each scheduled to be in action for the women on Saturday.

Full results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the NCAA Regionals will be posted to following the completion of competition on Saturday.