Has this ever happened before?
It would be interesting to see how the team scores would look for top-3 for each team at the NCAA meet. 'Nova is probably a top-10 school in that case.
Their 4th guy (Warnick) wouldn't have made it, the Penn state kid (Quinn) would have gone
Their 4th guy almost made it too
Yes, the Villanova women are going as an at-large team as one of the last qualifiers. They finished 4th in their regional race.
Black Med Student wrote:
Are the Villanova women going? Ever since Sheila Reid and Emily Lipari, they haven't done anything. You would think they would get top level recruits every year given the amount of national titles they have.
Thanks, that is a wild stat!
Kevin Hadsell wrote:
In 2001, Cornell women had FOUR individual qualifiers and no team at the meet. I remember that Lou Doussing brought the fifth runner and tried to petition the NCAA to allow her to run.
That's never happened before or since.
Is it really that shocking? There are like a couple of schools with distance tradition (georgetown, villanova, and to some extent penn state) and a couple of ivys (penn, princeton) who will get good runners. And navy is sort of its own category with free tuition but a different set of requirements The rest of the schools are pretty much in the get a good runner every now and then camp (UMBC) but rarely are competive. Heck I would bet half of them don't even give out scholarships to distance guys. Getting 3 people is a bit rare but 2 happens pretty much every year as the 3rd place team normally has 2-3 big studs and the team battle between them finishing 2nd or 3rd comes down to the 4th and 5th man
It's funny, if Georgetown didn't qualify as a team they would also send 3 individuals and if Penn didn't qualify they would send almost 3 individuals (Shearn would've been 5th individual behind Quinn from Penn st.)