Nov. 9, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Butler's women's cross country team and three other Atlantic 10 individual runners earned a berth to the NCAA Championships with their performances in Friday's Regionals. Temple's Travis Mahoney, Duquesne's Jim Spisak and Meghan McGlinchey all qualified for the national race as individuals.
The NCAA Championship will be run at E.P. Sawyer State Park on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
The Butler women's team qualified for the national meet for the third time in school history and the first time since 2005. The 2012 Atlantic 10 champions, the Bulldogs are led by A-10 individual champion Katie Clark. Clark placed second in the individual competition and led the team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Great Lakes Regionals, hosted by Wisconsin. Clark narrowly missed the top spot, finishing three seconds behind individual champ Julie Accurso of Ohio to qualify for the championship meet as an individual. However, the selection of the Butler team to an at-large bid means Clark qualifies with the team and the individual berth is granted to the next highest unattached finisher.
Duquesne's Jim Spisak paced the Dukes at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at Penn State, finishing 10th of 170 runners with a time of 30:45. He earned All-Region honors and qualified for the NCAA Championship as one of the top-four runners not associated with the NCAA qualifying teams in Friday's race. He placed 22nd at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship.
Mahoney, the 2012 A-10 men's individual champion, won the 2012 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional individual title at Penn State, to reserves his spot at the National Championship. Mahoney crossed the finish line with a first place time of 30:24. Mahoney, who will look to become an NCAA All-American for the second time in a calendar year two weeks from now, makes him the first Owl to ever win a NCAA Regional and to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
McGlinchey continued her stellar fall on Friday, placing second out of 215 runners to earn All-Region and the national championship bid at the Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Championships with a time of 20:23. McGlinchey's nod marks the first time since 2007 that a La Salle woman will compete in the national meet in cross country. McGlinchey ran a 23:03 at the Mid-Atlantic Championships a season ago, improving her time by 2:40 in this year's meet.