Women’s Cross Country Earns At-Large Selection to NCAA Championships

Morgan Kelly and the Harvard women's cross country squad will be making its first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 1983 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

A day removed from a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, the Harvard women’s cross country team was selected as an at-large team to represent the Northeast region at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Boston College and fellow Ivy squad Cornell also earned two of the 13 at-large bids to the championships.

All scoring members of the women’s team finished within 29 positions and 38 seconds of each other at the regional race, led by junior captain Emily Reese who finished 19th overall. Viviana Hanley (20th), Morgan Kelly (27th), Sammy Silva (36th) and Alaina Alvarez (48th) rounded out the quintet that allowed Harvard to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1983.

The women’s squad will be joined by two individuals from the men’s squad as top-five finishes by Maksim Korolev (second) and James Leakos (fifth) saw them earn spots in the field. The NCAA Championships will be run Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky., and will be hosted by Louisville.

For the complete list of NCAA cross country qualifiers, click here.