- Temple's men's and women's cross country teams will be competing in the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional this Friday, Nov. 14, at the Blue-White Golf Course in University Park, Pa. The women's 6K race will begin at 12 p.m. while the men's 10K race is set for 1 p.m.
The men are coming into this weekend ranked 14th in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the latest USTFCCCA weekly poll, the first ranking of its kind for Temple cross country since 2012.
"Rankings bring expectations," said coach James Snyder
. "But we've had those same expectations for each other the entire year. This weekend is the time to showcase all of the hard work everyone has put in this season."
The Owls were last in action on Oct. 31 at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Junior Matt Kacyon
led the men to a sixth-place finish after placing eighth overall in a time of 25:23, earning him a spot on the men's all-conference team. Junior Alex Izewski
posted a top-20 finish of his own, placing 19th in a time of 26:07.
On the women's side, senior Jenna Dubrow
finished the 6K race in a time of 21:50 to place 18th out of 85 competitors. Freshman Catherine Pinson
finished 31st in a time of 22:35.
Temple had a preview of this weekend's course earlier in the season when both teams competed in the Penn State National Invitational on Oct. 10. Snyder believes it gives them a distinct advantage over their competitors. "We are familiar with what we are going to see on Friday and there will be no surprises for us."
"We have had a goal since the beginning of the season to advance to the NCAA championships," said Snyder. "Matt and Alex have a good chance to make some noise and compete for the top 25 on Friday. Jenna has an opportunity to continue to improve like she's been doing all season long and put her last regional meet for Temple in perspective."
At last year's regional meet, Dubrow placed 58th in a time of 21:31 for the 6K race and Izewski finished the 10K race in 33:36 to place 141st.
More information on the meet can be found here