MADISON, Conn. – Boston U. junior Rich Peters raced to a ninth place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional this afternoon, while three America East women finished in the top 25. America East individual champion Keely Maguire of New Hampshire was tops among that group, finishing 16th in the women’s 6k race.
Peters (Bristol, England) finished the men’s 10k course in 30:29.8 in what was the first top-10 finish at an NCAA Regional by a Terrier since 2003. Peters was one of three Boston U. harriers to finish in the top-50, along with Matt Paulson (Manchester, N.H.) and Robert Gibson (Brookline, Mass.), who finished 28th and 50th respectively. Other strong finishes in the men’s race included America East individual champion Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) of Stony Brook (20th) and Ethan Clary (Schuylerville, N.Y.) of Albany (48th). Boston U. led all America East men’s squads in the team standings, finishing in 9th. The Terriers were followed closely by America East champion Stony Brook, which finished in 15th.
In the women’s race, Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) continued her strong postseason kick as she ran the course in 20:22.5. Right behind her was the runner-up in the America East Championship, Albany’s Brittney Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.). Rounding out the group of top-25 runners was Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand), who finished 23rd with a time of 20:41.6. Boston U. harrier Monica Adler (Manchester, Mass.) and Vermont’s Kirsten Weberg (East Aurora, N.Y.) also finished in the top-50. Stony Brook led a group of America East squads which occupied four straight spots in the team standings. The Seawolves finished 11th, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire and Albany.
The UMBC men and women raced in the Mid-Atlantic Regional this afternoon, with the men finishing 14th and the women 26th. Junior Brandan McGee was the top finisher for the Retrievers, coming in at 41.
The NCAA Championship field will be announced by noon on Saturday. The year’s championship meet will take place on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.