The University at Buffalo will host the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships at the Audubon Golf Course in Amherst on Friday. It will be one of nine regionals this weekend to determine the teams and individuals who will qualify for the NCAA championship meet on Nov. 18 in Louisville.
Friday’s women’s 6K race will start at 11 a.m. The men’s race, 10K, will be at noon.
Syracuse, the 2015 national champion, has won the last four men’s Northeast Regional team championships and is ranked third in the nation in the most recent coaches' poll.. The Orange won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Louisville two weeks ago with Justyn Knight leading the way, crossing first. Paige Stoner led Syracuse to the women’s team championship in the ACC run as well.
Providence has won the last two Northeast Regional women’s team titles.
Iona, which has won 27 straight men’s team championships in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will challenge the Orange. Iona has finished second in the last two Northeast Regional meets. The Iona men are led by MAAC individual champion Andrew Tario. The Iona women, also the MAAC champions, are led by Egle Morenaite.
There are 341 men and 358 women runners entered from 37 colleges including the University at Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure as well as Albany, Army, Binghamton, Colgate, Hofstra, St. John’s, Stony Brook and all the MAAC members in New York State and Connecticut, all but Penn and Princeton of the Ivy league.
Stephanie Ward, who finished third in the Mid-American Conference meet, leads the UB entry. Aileen Doyle (Sweet Home) of Canisius comes into the meet off a fifth-place in the MAAC championship.
Cornell’s team includes freshman Gabrielle Orie (Nardin) who was seventh in the Ivy League women’s run. Her twin sister, Danielle, will run for Penn at the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore Fiona Danieu (East Aurora) runs for Columbia, which won the Ivy League women's team championship.
MEN’S SOCCER: Three Buffalo State men’s soccer players were named to the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference first team.
Senior midfielder Luke Pavone, senior defender Devonte Black and junior goalkeeper Andreas Queen made the first team. Sammy Wasson (Clarence), Danny Clavin and Robert Williamson were named second team All-SUNYac.
The Bengals (14-2-3) will face Hobart at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Coyer Field in a first--round NCAA Division III regional game after Messiah and Castleton (Vt.) meet at 5 p.m. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday.