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USTFCCCA Announces Cross Country Regional Polls
Akilah Vargas
Akilah Vargas

Sept. 11, 2007

NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently announced the 2007 Division I Cross Country regional polls. Villanova's cross country teams both hold rankings in the top half of the Mid-Atlantic Region with the men ranking fourth and the women seventh.

Georgetown, last year's regional champion, enters this season ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the men. The Hoyas are followed by the Tigers of Princeton, who are returning their top runner, David Nightingale. American University holds down the number three spot, while Villanova and Penn State round out the top five, respectively.

The Wildcat men are looking to improve on a 2006 season, which saw them falling just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. With a third place finish in last year's regional meet, Villanova is anxious and determined to once again hit the national stage. This season's squad will be led by senior All-American Bobby Curtis, who claimed the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship in 2004. He will be joined by veteran runner Michael Kerrigan, returning sophomore Daniel Lewis, and several talented freshmen.

On the women's side, Georgetown and Princeton swap positions with the Tigers ranking first and the Hoyas second. They are followed by La Salle, West Virginia, Penn State, and Bucknell, respectively. Villanova rounds out the top-half of the Mid-Atlantic Region at the number seven spot.

With their sights set on a top conference finish and an NCAA berth for the 2007 season, the Wildcats will look to last year's number two runner Akilah Vargas to lead the way. Vargas will receive strong support from junior Ellen Dougherty and sophomore Theresa Rush. Together the trio will shoulder the responsibility of leading a talented group of freshmen runners.

The Villanova women kick off the cross country season this Saturday, Sept. 15, at Delaware, while the men's first meet is Thursday, Sept. 20 at Haverford College.



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