Watson Qualifies for Nationals, Mustangs Place Seventh at NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals

Watson Qualifies for Nationals, Mustangs Place Seventh at NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals

NEWVILLE, Pa. - Sophomore Patrick Watson earned a spot into next week's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships after finishing 11th overall at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals, hosted by Dickinson. Watson, who ran a personal-best time of 25:33.9, is the first individual runner in program history to qualify for nationals. Watson was among the top seven individuals in the region whose teams did not advance to nationals. 

Junior Langston Gash finished 13th overall with a time of 25:35.5 and is the eighth individual runner whose team did not qualify for nationals.  If third-place Johns Hopkins is selected for an at-large berth to the Championship, which is expected to happen with that announcement coming Sunday, Gash will also qualify for nationals.

The Mustangs finished seventh overall in the team standings with a score of 293, which is the best finish and lowest team score in an NCAA Mideast Regional in the program's history.

Freshman Aditya Singh, who was the third Mustang to cross the line, clocked his second-best 8k time of the year with a 26:53.5.

Sophomore Ryan Siegel ran a solid time of 27:02.4, while junior Jackson Morrow crossed the line shortly after Siegel with a 27:15.9 to complete the team score for Stevenson.

Sophomores Iddriss Iddriss and Nikita Kulick each crossed the finish line in under 28 minutes with times of 27:39.9 and 27:58.8.

Haverford and Carnegie Mellon earned automatic bids to nationals after finishing first and second with team scores of 25 and 96. Graham Peet of Haverford took first overall with a time of 25:22.9. The top-15 runners were separated by just 14.3 seconds.

The NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships held in Elsah, Ill., and hosted by Principia College, are set for Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 am.