Runners finish strong at Mideast Regional


Fourteen runners represented
the Susquehanna
men’s and women’s crosscountry
teams at the 2014
NCAA Division III Mideast
Regional Championships on
Nov. 15, concluding their
2014 seasons with strong
performances by both teams.
The men’s team seized a
spot in the top 10 with 270
points, finishing eighth out of
47 teams.
The eighth place finish for
the Crusaders was 12 spots
better than their results just
one year ago at the 2013 regional
Leading the way for the
Crusaders in the men’s 8K
race was senior Alex Price
who ran the course in a personal-
best time of 25:29.2.
Aside from earning him an
11th place finish out of 343
runners, the time officially
qualified him for the NCAA
Division III cross-country
National Championship meet.
Price is the first male runner
from Susquehanna to
qualify for the championship
meet in the past three seasons.
Ian Quinlan was the last
men’s runner to qualify for
the national championship,
doing so in 2011.
The performance also
earned Price recognition as
the male SAAC/Pepsi Super
Crusader of the week, alongside
sophomore guard Nikki
Komara. It is the second time
this year he has been honored
as a Super Crusader.
Earlier in his 2014 season,
Price also took home third
place in the Landmark Conference
Championships and
earned First-Team All-Conference
honors for his efforts
this season.
Just 20 seconds behind
Price at the Regional Championships
were junior teammates
Colin Eberhardt and
John Crowe, who finished
24th and 26th respectively.
Both runners achieved new
personal-best times as Eberhardt
crossed the line at
25:48.9 with Crowe close
on his heels, finishing at the
25:50.2 mark.
The women also improved
on their 2013 season at the
Mideast Regionals, advancing
seven places to finish 13
out of 53 teams with 393 total
points at the 2014 meet.
Junior Ashley West was
first to come across the finish
line for Susquehanna in the
women’s 6K race with a time
of 23:23.9.
The mark earned her 50th
in the 370-runner field. Not
far behind in pursuit of West
was sophomore teammate
Keirnan Dougherty, who finished
the race with a time of
23:42.7, which earned her the
64th overall mark.
Crossing the finish line
neck-and-neck at 98th and
99th were freshman Kailyn
Reilly and sophomore Megan
Wright. Reilly ran it in
24:19.2, with Wright finishing
one step behind at 24:20.6
for the Crusaders.
Fifty-six individuals and
32 teams were selected to
participate in the NCAA Division
III National Championships
to be held at Wilmington
College on Nov. 22.