Several local runners wrapped up their cross country season after competing in the NCAA Mideast Regionals on Saturday in Newville.
Lackawanna Trail grad and Marywood University senior Devon Clarke finished in 27:49.1 for 144th place in the men’s race.
Clarke finished his career with his third fastest time ever and second fastest of the year, after falling 3K into the race.
He then regained his composure, and ended up beating his regional preview time by seven seconds.
His run was also the 39th fastest time in school history and the 19th best regional finish.
Teammate David Haines took 12th out of 365 runners in the men’s 8K race in 25:35.1 and was the top freshman finisher to become the first Pacers runner to qualify for the NCAA championships, which are Saturday at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.
As a team, Marywood finished 28th out of 51 schools with 741 points. The Pacers were the highest finishing Colonial States Athletic Conference program, placing five spots ahead of Cairn University and 19 ahead of Keystone College.
Haverford College won the team championship with 25 points while runner-up Carnegie Mellon University totaled 96 points and Johns Hopkins followed in third with 103.
Haverford swept the top three individual places in cruising to the team title, as Graham Peet won the individual championship with a time of 25:22.9.
At-large bids went to the first seven runners at regionals who were not part of a qualifying team.
In the women’s race, Elk Lake grad and Marywood sophomore Katie Bennett crossed the finish in 24:46.9 for 127th place out of 351 runners.
It was a season-best time and the third-best of her career and stands as the 50th best regional finish by a Marywood runner.
Lackawanna Trail grad and Marywood freshman Ashleigh Clark came in the No. 4 spot for the Pacers, registering in 168th place in a time of 25:27.4.
She ran her second-best time of the season, just 11 seconds off of her personal record, set on a much flatter course.
Clarke also beat her Long-Short Invite time by 36 seconds.
As a team, Marywood finished 26th out of 49 teams with 663 points, and with an averaged 6K time of 24:59.
Keystone College finished 45th to improve four places from last season.
John Hopkins won the team title with 32 points, followed by Elizabethtown College and Haverford College.
Ellie Clawson of Johns Hopkins was the individual champion, pacing the field with a time of 21:33.5.
The weekend before, Elk Lake grad and Mansfield University junior Kenzie Jones earned All-Region honors after finishing 20th overall at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Lock Haven.
Coming off an All-PSAC performance, Jones placed 20th with a mark of 21:57 to earn All-Region accolades in her first regional appearance.
It marked the seventh consecutive year a Mansfield women’s runner has earned the All-Region title.
California University of Pennsylvania’s Julie Friend won the race in 20:36.7 to best the field of 151.
As a team, Mansfield earned 17th place in the 6K race.
Edinboro University was first with 67 points, followed by Shippensburg University (95) and California University of Pennsylvania (112).
In the men’s competition, Tunkhannock Area grad and Mansfield senior Carson Ayers finished 120th overall in 37:00.6.
Robert Moser of Shippensburg was first out of 129 runners in 30:51.4.
The men’s team took 16th overall in their 10K.
Shippensburg won the team title with 35 points, followed by Edinboro (66) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (83).