NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Junior Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) and senior MacKenzye Leroy (Port Jervis, N.Y./Port Jervis) qualified as individuals to the NCAA Championships, as the Washington and Lee men's cross country team placed fourth out of 32 teams at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional hosted by Christopher Newport on Saturday.
CNU claimed first with 43 points, while Rhodes was second with 51 points. Each team earned one of the region's two automatic bids to the NCAA Championship on Saturday, November 18, in St. Louis, Mo.
Emory placed third with 87 points and the Blue and White totaled 113 points. The Eagles would be the first in line in the region for an at-large bid to the NCAA Meet. The Generals would be next and have an outside chance of also being selected.
Patrick led W&L with a 12th-place finish out of 220 runners. He registered a time of 24:54.10 on the 8k course. Leroy was two spots back in 14th with a time of 24:58.80. Patrick and Leroy qualified for the National Championship by being one of the Top 7 runners not on a qualifying team. This is the first time either runner has qualified as an individual. Leroy did compete at the 2016 championship, when the full team qualified.
Junior Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) finished 21st in 25:13.40. If Emory is selected as an at-large team, Baird would then qualify for the NCAA Meet, as one of the Top 7 individuals not on a qualifying team.
Sophomore Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) placed 26th overall (25:21.40), and first-year Freddie Marx (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) completed the scoring for the Generals in 40th (25:42.70). Junior Joe Carmody (Clive, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) also ran for W&L, taking 70th (26:23.90).
With their placings in the Top 35, Patrick, Leroy, Baird and Kinne each garnered all-region laurels. Senior Grayson Reid of Christopher Newport was the top individual in the race with a time of 24:01.30.
The Generals find out on Sunday if they are selected as a team for the NCAA Championship. The full NCAA field will be announced at 3:00 pm.
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