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McGlinchey Places 2nd at Mid-Atlantic Regional; La Salle Finishes 6th

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Meghan McGlinchey continued her stellar fall on Friday, placing second (215 runners) at the Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Championships with a time of 20:23 (6K). As a team, the Explorer women finished sixth in the 31-team field, and sported three top-20 finishes on the day.

McGlinchey’s runner-up finish was good enough for the senior to earn a bid to the NCAA Champions in Louisville, Ky. on November 17. The nod marks the first time since 2007 that a La Salle woman will compete in the national meet in cross country (Rachel Papin '05-'07). McGlinchey ran a 23:03 at the Mid-Atlantic Championships a season ago, improving her time by 2:40 in this year's meet.

Wendy Hutchinson paced the rest of the Explorers, clocking a 21:07, good for a 15th place finish. Stephanie Bearish was not far behind, crossing the finish line 19th with a time of 21:13. Michelle Capozzi (21:37, 29th) and Meghan Lutz (22:03, 48th) both registered top 50 finishes as well.

With their top-25 finishes, McGlinchey, Hutchinson, and Bearish take home all-region honors.

Penn State (61 team points) took the team crown, eeking out a victory on their home course. Georgetown (63 team points), Villanova (96 team points), Princeton (101 team points), and West Virginia (111 team points) finished ahead of the Explorers (113 team points). La Salle was the top performing Atlantic 10 school at the meet, while Duquesne (ninth place) and Saint Joseph's (11th place) represented the conference with strong team results.

La Salle will compete again as a team on November 17 at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Bronx N.Y. with the exception of McGlinchey, who will be chasing an individual national title.