CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of America East cross country runners will compete in the NCAA Championship race this Saturday, November 17, in Louisville, Ky. Keely Maguire of New Hampshire will run in the women’s race, while Rich Peters of Boston U. will compete in the men’s championship. Both harriers earned individual bids from the Northeast Region after standout performances at the regional meet.
Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) will head to nationals after a 16th place showing at the regional. The America East individual champion this season, the senior finished in 20:22.5 last weekend. Female runners have now represented the America East at nationals in seven straight years. Maguire joins Stony Brook’s Hayley Green (2011) and Maine’s Corey Conner (2009, 10) as runners to earn individual bids in recent years. The Stony Brook women qualified for nationals as a team in 2010, which led to Lucy and Holly Van Dalen finishing sixth and seventh respectively to earn All-America honors. Stony Brook also qualified as a team in 2008.
Peters (Bristol, England) finished ninth at regionals to punch his ticket to Louisville. His time of 30:29.8 was good for the first top-10 finish at an NCAA regional by a Boston U. runner since 2003. That finish came from Jochen Dieckfoss, who went on to qualify for nationals. Since Dieckfoss in 2003, Peters is just the second male runner from the America East to qualify for the NCAA championship, joining Binghamton’s Erik van Ingen, who went in both 2009 and 2010.
Thirty-eight individual qualifiers were selected to participate in the national championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.
The NCAA Championship will kick off at noon on Saturday with the women’s race, followed by the men’s race at 1:15 p.m. Visit NCAA.com for the course map, fan guide and more.