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.
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
How We Got Here
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.