Charleston claims men’s regional cross-country title


PITTSBURGH – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s cross-country team had to forfeit their opportunity to compete in the NCAA Atlantic Regionals Saturday morning based on a technicality.

A NCAA rule dictates that a team has to run at least five races of 7k or longer in order to qualify for the regionals. Wesleyan, unaware of the rule, only competed in three matches of that length.

The West Virginia Wesleyan athletic department attempted to appeal the ruling but it was denied.

Instead of racing, the men’s team made the trip to Pittsburgh to support the Wesleyan women’s team.

The University of Charleston won the team title and made history in the process for the Mountain East Conference.

Their title was the first team title in men’s or women’s cross country in the history of the MEC.

Charleston amassed 62 points while Shippensburg collected 76 for runner-up honors.

Edinboro was third with 82 while Concord was fourth with 155 and Indiana (Pa.) was fifth with 181 points.

Concord’s Jason Weitzel won the event with a time of 34:00.3 while Charleston’s David Cecchi took second with a clocking of 34:05.3.

Claiming third was Charleston’s Jack Mastandrea with a time of 34:16.4 while Mansfield’s Ryan Clifford was fourth with a time of 34:33.5.

The Division II Championships will be held Dec. 1 and hosted by Slipppery Rock.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Charleston 62; 2. Shippensburg 76; 3. Edinboro 82; 4. Concord 155; 5. Indiana (Pa.) 181; 6. West Liberty 208; 7. Lock Haven 235; 8. Gannon 241; 9. West Chester 250; 10. Kutztown 261; 11. Bloomsburg 263; 12. Slippery Rock 267; 13. East Stroudsburg 285; 14. Seton Hill 306; 15. California (Pa.) 326; 16. Mercyhurst 370; 17. Wheeling Jesuit 441.

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10

Jason Weitzel (Concord) – 34:00.3

David Cecchi (Charleston) – 34:05.3

Jack Mastandrea (Charleston) – 34:16.4

Ryan Clifford (Mansfield) – 34:33.5

Joseph Westrick (Gannon) – 34:42.6

Nick McGuire (Bloomsburg) – 34:53.2

Josh Coakley (West Chester) – 35:15.2

Sam Lenze (Indiana Pa.) – 35:21.7

Dominic Stroh (Shippensburg) – 35:22.4

Hunter Riffle (Charleston) – 35:22.9


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