PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Nine BIG EAST Cross Country teams were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as this season's men's and women's Division I Cross Country Regional Coaches and Athletes of the Year.
MID-ATLANTIC - Andrew Bumbalough - Georgetown
Bumbalough, a native of Brentwood, Tenn., became the first Hoya to win back-to-back individual titles at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, leading Georgetown to their fifth-straight regional team title. Bumbalough outsprinted his competition down the final stretch to win the region by only fourth-tenths of a second. Also this season, the Georgetown graduate student finished third at the BIG EAST Championships.
The Harry Groves Award
MID-ATLANTIC - Patrick Henner - Georgetown
Henner's Hoyas claimed their fifth-consecutive NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region title, placing four of their runners in the top nine on the way to a 38-point total. Georgetown also had three of the region's top five runners to post a 10-point decision on runner-up Villanova. Georgetown's harriers also took second at this year's BIG EAST Championships. Georgetown is ranked 14th in the national poll leading into the NCAA meet.
NORTHEAST - Chris Fox - Syracuse
Fox, in his fourth season at the helm at Syracuse, watched his Orange score the NCAA Northeast Regional team title for the first time in school history. His men's team of regional included three underclassmen. The Orange added to a history-filled season by claiming their first BIG EAST team title in another tight battle, outpacing Georgetown for the league's trophy, 55-61. Syracuse moved up two spots in the latest national poll to sit ninth going into the national championships.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION - Sheila Reid - Villanova
Reid, a junior from Newmarket, Ontario, led the Wildcat charge at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region, taking the individual crown in 20 minutes, 23 seconds. Reid out-sprinted teammate Amanda Marino in the final 100 meters for the region's top spot. Reid also claimed her first BIG EAST individual title earlier this season, becoming the first Wildcat conference winner since 2006.
NORTHEAST REGION - Katie Hursey - Syracuse
Hursey, a junior from Hampstead, Md., claimed the first individual NCAA Northeast Region title in Syracuse history with an 11-second victory. Hursey and the Orange also took its first team title in the region. Hursey placed eighth in the BIG EAST Conference race in 2009, leading her team to an all-time best third-place showing.
GREAT LAKES REGION - Tim Connelly - Notre Dame
Connelly coached the Fighting Irish women to their first Great Lakes regional title since 2003, improving from a fourth-place slot in 2008. Connelly, in his 22nd season at Notre Dame, had two Irish underclassmen finish in the region's top 15, securing an eight-point victory. Notre Dame enters the NCAA Championships ranked 24th in the country.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION - Gina Procaccio - Villanova
Procaccio's Wildcats battled the mud and muck left by the remnants of Hurricane Ida to emerge as the champs of the NCAA's Mid-Atlantic Region, topping the field by a hefty 54 points. Villanova had the individual champion of the region (Shiela Reid), three of the top five, five of the top nine, and all seven runners in the top 15. The Wildcat women also this season took the BIG EAST title for the second-consecutive season. Villanova is ranked second in the country entering the NCAA Championships.
NORTHEAST REGION - Chris Fox - Syracuse
Fox, in his fourth season at the helm at Syracuse, watched his Orange score the NCAA Northeast Regional team title for the first time in school history. His women's team, which scored 59 points for the title, included three underclassmen. Syracuse took third in the BIG EAST Championships, claiming its best finish in the squad's history. The Orange are ranked 12th nationally leading into the NCAA Championships.