Monroe triumphs again: Bald Eagles dominate with second-place finish at NCAA Atlantic Regionals

By Doug Spatafore
Sports Information

November 8, 2012

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Alex Monroe won his second straight NCAA Atlantic Regional title.

Junior-standout Alex Monroe (Lewistown, Pa./Indian Valley) defended his individual NCAA Atlantic Region title and the Lock Haven University men’s cross country team tied for second today, earning the Bald Eagles a return trip to the NCAA Division II Championships.

Monroe, who was among the race’s top-three from the gun started to pull away at the five-mile mark and cruised to the win with a time of 30:41.1 (10K).

Freshman Dylan Mountain (Altoona, Pa./Altoona), who continues his sensational rookie season and Nathan Zondlo (Avoca, Pa./Pittston), who was racing for just the second time since the 2010 NCAA cross country championships both earned All-Region honors after the duo went 14 (31:52) and 15 (31:53.4) to help Lock Haven tie for second.

Lock Haven and East Stroudsburg both finished with 95 points, behind team-champion Edinboro, who had 34 points.

Shawn Lake (Sayre, Pa./Sayre) finished 30th for The Haven men with a time of 32:18.9

The Lock Haven University women’s cross country team looked to repeat  last years outcome when the finished  second and went to the NCAA Division II National Championships. On Saturday the Lady Eagles placed 15th overall.

Jessica McDonald (Marietta, Pa./Donegal) was the top Haven finisher. She was 36th overall, covering the 6K course in a huge personal-best time of 22:23.5.

Laura Histand (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) and Ashley Daniels (Danville, Pa./Danville) rounded out Lock Haven’s top-three finishers. They were 68th and 71st with times of 23:06.9 and 23:09.5, respectively.

By way of the second-place finish, the Bald Eagles have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. The NCAA meet is set for Saturday, November 17 and will be hosted by Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo.



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