PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s women’s cross country squad will head to the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship this Friday, November 10. The 6k race is slated to begin at 10:45 a.m., hosted by Lehigh University at the Goodman Campus.

The top two teams and top four individuals receive automatic qualification for the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship, to be held on Saturday, November 18 in Louisville, Ky. Overall, the top two teams from each region, plus 13 at-large teams from across the country will qualify for the national championships. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals will be selected to compete at nationals. A complete breakdown of the qualification process can be found by clicking here.

Saint Joseph's seven runners to represent the Hawks at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will include graduate student co-captain Sydney Coughlin, senior co-captain Cassidy Weimer, juniors Elaine Estes, Britton Gagliardi, Lucy Harmon, and Lindsey Oremus, and sophomore Meridith Twomey. Freshman Abigail Silva will serve as the alternate.

Five of the eight listed Hawks own NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship experience, as Coughlin, Gagliardi, Oremus, and Weimer will all race their third regional meet and Twomey is set for her second.

2016 regional runner-up Villanova is ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic while defending champion Penn State, Georgetown, West Virginia, and Princeton round out the top five. 26 squads are scheduled to race, including American, Bucknell, Duquesne, George Washington, Georgetown, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola (Md.), Marshall, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, NJIT, Penn, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Rider, Rutgers, St. Francis (Pa.), Seton Hall, Temple, UMBC, and Villanova, and the Hawks.

The Hawks finished 16th in a field of 28 teams at the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and return point scorers in Oremus (45th), Weimer (81st), and Twomey (127th). Gagliardi (147th) finished as SJU's #6 runner. 

All seven of these Hawks have raced the terrain of the Goodman Campus for Paul Short races throughout their careers. Oremus has gone sub-22:00 twice (21:50 in 2015, 21:35 in 2016), while Weimer went 21:44 in 2016.

Led by Weimer's 32nd-place individual finish, the Hawks are coming off of a 10th-place finish at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship on October 28. Weimer, Estes (40th), Harmon (52nd), Oremus (54th), and Coughlin (70th) scored while Twomey (91st) and Gagliardi (93rd) finished as SJU's #6 and #7 runners.

2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6k Times
Penn State University - Blue and White Golf Course
45th - Lindsey Oremus - 21:51
81st - Cassidy Weimer - 22:21
127th - Meridith Twomey - 23:02
147th - Britton Gagliardi - 23:39

2015 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6k Times
Princeton University - West Windsor Fields
44th - Lindsey Oremus - 22:06.9
80th - Britton Gagliardi - 22:53.0
84th - Sydney Coughlin - 22:59.5
143rd - Cassidy Weimer - 24:06.6

2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 10k Times
Penn State University - Blue and White Golf Course
148th - Sydney Coughlin - 23:36.1