Official Mid-Atlantic Regional Site
PRINCETON, N.J. (11/7/12)
- The Princeton men's cross country team will race in the 2012 NCAA
Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday, Nov. 9. The event is hosted by Penn State in
University Park, Pa. The men's 10k race begins at 1:15 p.m.
The top two teams from each regional will automatically qualify for the NCAA
Championships. In addition, 13 at-large teams will be selected. Thirty-six
individuals automatically qualify by being one of the top four regional
finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals chosen by
The Tigers took third at Regionals last year, and won in 2010 the last time
the meet was held at Penn State. Princeton returns four of its five scorers
from last year, but lost the Regional champion Donn Cabral to graduation. The
Ivy League champion Chris Bendsten will push for a regional title. He was 12th
at Regionals one year ago. Classmate Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, who was the
runner-up at Heps, was also a scorer last year finishing in the top-25.
Sophomore Eddie Owens and junior Tyler Udland were also scorers at Regionals last
year. Other contenders include junior Jonathan Vitez, sophomore Matt McDonald
and sophomore Sam Pons.
Princeton has experience on this course having run the Spiked Shoe
Invitational on Sept. 8. The Tigers won that meet with Arroyo Yamin crossing
the line first. Owens, Bendtsen and Udland went 3-4-5.
The Tigers are ranked No. 13 in the nation and has been No. 1 in the region
all season. Princeton's biggest threats at the regional include Georgetown,
last year's winner and ranked No. 24 in the national poll. Villanova, which was
second last year, and the host school Penn State will also push the Tigers.
Princeton has been in the NCAA Championships as a team 12 times and had its
highest finish just two years ago, taking 12th in 2010.