Cross Country Heads to NCAA Championships

Cross Country Heads to NCAA Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Dickinson women's cross country team and three members of the men's program will take part in the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday at Tom Sawyer State Park.

Meet Information

Location - Louisville, Ky. (Tom Sawyer State Park)

Date - Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time - Men's Race: 11 a.m. | Women's Race: 12 p.m.

Dickinson Participants - Women: Sammy Jo Barnes, Isabel Cardi, Elizabeth Cassell, Maddie Garber, Lilianna Matala, Myra Naqvi, Allyson Yanega, Sarah Yanega | Men: Jacob Doherty Munro, Charles Scharf, Christopher Scharf

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How We Got Here

Women

  • The Red Devils qualified as an at-large team after taking second last weekend at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at Big Spring High School
  • Cardi will look to continue a brilliant season on Saturday looking for her seventh win on the season. She claimed the individual crown at the regional winning by 43-seconds with a time of 22:13.0. Cardi was also named the Centennial Conference Runner of the Year after winning the conference championship race.
  • Barnes has had a strong campaign with three Top-10 finishes, including a season-high eighth in the 6k race at the Dickinson Long-Short Invite with a mark of 24:24.36. She earned all-region honors with a 31st-place result at the regional with a mark of 24:41.3.
  • Garber has landed inside the Top-20 in every race she has participated in, including three Top-10 finishes with her season-high being a third-place result at the Little Three Championship with a time of 19:11. She also earned all-region honors with a 17th-place finish at the regional crossing the line in 24:05.2.
  • The Yanega twins (Allyson and Sarah) have had strong seasons as well with five Top-15 finishes between the two of them. Allyson has added three Top-5 results as well placing fourth twice at the Galen Piper Open and Dickinson Long-Short Invite. Sarah's top mark came at the Little Three Championship as her time of 19:54 was good for 12th, while her sister's 19:17 landed her in fourth.
  • Matala has been consistent through most of the season recording three Top-10 finishes with a season-best seventh coming at the Dickinson Long-Short Invite (4k race) with a time of 15:29.89.
  • Naqvi posted her best result of the season in the Little Three Championship crossing the line in 19:46 which was good for ninth.
  • Cassell's best finish came at the Little Three Championship as her time of 20:44 gave her a 20th-place finish.

Men

  • Despite their third-place result in the regional this past weekend the Dickinson men's team was not selected for an at-large spot in the NCAA Championship. However, the Devils will be represented by three members.
  • Centennial Conference Runner of the Year Christopher Scharf has dominated the competition all season earning five first-place finishes claiming victories at the Galen Piper Open, Little Three Championship, and Dickinson Long-Short Invite in the regular season. He also won both the Centennial Conference championship (25:22.0) and the regional (25:51.6).
  • His brother Charles Scharf has completed the Devils formidable 1-2 punch with second-place results in the Galen Piper Open, Little Three Championship, and Dickinson Long-Short Invite. In the postseason so far he has a pair of seventh-place finishes posting times of 26:06.6 (Centennial Conference Championship) and 26:39.7 (Regional)
  • Doherty Munro will join the Scharf brothers in Louisville after four Top-20 results this season, including a highwater mark of seventh at the Dickinson Long-Short Invite (4k race) with a time of 12:48.53. He claimed all-region honors as well with his 18th-place finish at the regional crossing the line in 27:17.5.
  • It will be the final race in a Devils uniform for all three runners.   

Noteworthy

  • It is the first time in program history that the Devils hold both the men's and women's regional individual championships. 
  • The Dickinson men will have representation at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2018 when Eric Herrmann posted an 86th-place result with a time of 25:30.
  • The Dickinson women's team returns to the NCAA Championships after a ninth-place finish in 2019. 
  • Cardi will look to improve upon her third-place result that year with a time of 21:19. 
  • Matala is making her second appearance after placing 227th in 2019 with a mark of 23:53.