The cross country team traveled to Lock Haven University on a cold and cloudy Saturday for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships where 171 runners were scheduled to compete.
Millersville was coming off of a 13th place showing out of 15 teams, at the PSAC Championships at Slippery Rock. The Marauders managed to take a 16th place finish out of 24 teams, with an overall score of 413 points.
Sarah Mulvey was the first Marauder to cross the finish line with a personal best time of 22:48, placing her 53rd overall. Brittney Martin finished second for Millersville in 73rd place, with a time of 23:14. Two more Marauders placed in the top 100, Elizabeth Reese ran the course in 23:48 which put her in 90th place. Then Amanda Long just slipped into the top 100, with a 95th place showing and a time of 23:57.
Other notable performances include that of Sarah Fink, who with a time of 24:06 just missed a spot in the top 100 crossing the line in 102nd place. Then Mallory Austin ran a time of 25:36, placing her 142nd and Victoria Carroll followed in 154th place finishing the race in 26:43.
The top three schools automatically secure spots in the 2012 NCAA Division II Championships in Joplin, Missouri along with the top three runners not on one of those teams.
The event will be hosted by Missouri Southern State University on November 17th. It appears that Millersville has not qualified for the national championships; which if that is indeed the case, then Saturday marks the end of their season and the last race for seniors Mulvey
Mulvey had a stellar senior season which included leading the team in six of their eight races and setting a new personal best record.