PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s women’s cross country squad will head to the 2019 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship this Friday, November 15. The 6k race is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

The top two teams and top four individuals receive automatic qualification for the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championship, to be held on Saturday, November 23 at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course in Terra Haute, Ind. Overall, the top two teams from each region, plus 13 at-large teams from across the country, will qualify for the national championship. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals will be selected to compete at nationals. A complete breakdown of the qualification process can be found by clicking here.

SJU’s top seven finishers from the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship will represent the Hawks at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship: graduate student Elaine Estes (8th), seniors Samantha Mayers (67th) and Emily Schaeffer (78th), senior captains Emily Bracken (82nd) and Meridith Twomey (86th), and juniors Morgan Patten (89th) and Abigail Silva (97th). Senior Abigail McGann (98th), SJU's #8 finisher from A-10s, will serve as the alternate.

Estes ('17, '18) and Bracken ('16, '18) lead SJU with two regional meets apiece while Twomey raced it as a rookie in 2016 and Schaeffer made her regional debut as a junior last fall. Mayers, Patten, and Silva will all make their regional debuts on Friday.

Penn State, Villanova, Georgetown, West Virginia, and Penn round out the region's top five while Princeton, Temple, La Salle, George Washington, Maryland, Bucknell, Navy, Delaware, Lehigh, and Duquesne go 6-15.

31 squads are scheduled to race and, sorted by starting box order, include American, Temple, West Virginia, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Pittsburgh, Delaware, Lehigh, Rutgers, Towson, Maryland, George Washington, Saint Francis (Pa.), Duquesne, Navy, Lafayette, Rider, La Salle, Mount St. Mary's, Loyola (Md.), NJIT, Monmouth, Princeton, Marshall, Bucknell, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Penn, Villanova, UMBC, Saint Joseph's (30), and Penn State.

Saint Joseph’s finished 18th in a field of 30 teams at the 2018 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship last fall. Estes (94th), Schaeffer (102nd), and Bracken (124th) finished as SJU's #2, #3, and #5 runners to score.

Led by Estes' eighth-place individual finish, the Hawks are coming off of a 13th-place team finish at A-10s on November 2.

2018 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 10k Times
Penn State University - Blue and White Golf Course
18th-Place Team Finish
94th - Elaine Estes (23:02)
102nd - Emily Schaeffer (23:08)
124th - Emily Bracken (23:27)

2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6k Times
Lehigh University - Goodman Campus
13th-Place Team Finish
123rd – Elaine Estes (22:29.6)

2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6k Times
Penn State University - Blue-White Golf Course
16th-Place Team Finish
127th - Meridith Twomey (23:02)

161st – Emily Bracken (24:09)