Matt Katz '11 Leads Cardinals to 5th Place Finish in New England, Qualifies Individually for NCAA Meet Along with Bryan Marsh '13 - Cardinals Rank Sixth Nationally for Team GPA
Placing 10th of 333 runners during the New England Division III Championship hosted by Williams College Sat., Nov. 13, Matt Katz '11 (main photo, courtesy of Tommy Gaidus, Williams sports information office) qualified individually for the NCAA Division III Championship to be held at Wartburg College Sat., Nov. 20. As a team, Wesleyan finished in a tie for fifth among 49 teams but Bates, with whom the Cardinals tied, got the nod for team consideration for the NCAA Championship due to tie-breaking procedures. As it turned out, four teams from New England made the national field, MIT and Williams as the automatic qualifiers, and Brandeis and Middlebury as at-large selections.
With four teams making Nationals, Bryan Marsh '13 (photo insert top left), who finished 14th overall in New England, also earned an individual qualifying spot for the NCAA meet. The top seven individuals not among the qualifying teams are selected as individual qualifiers for the NCAAs. The top two teams in each of the eight regions leading to Nationals receive automatic bids to the NCAAs. The next three teams in each region are under consideration for at-large bids. When the selection committee chose two additional New England teams, it opened up spots for the top two Cardinal finishers to make the entry field. It will be the first trip to Nationals for both Katz and Marsh. The last Cardinal male to attend Nationals was Sean Watson '08 in 2007. Wesleyan last qualified as a team for the NCAA meet in 2006.
Both Katz and Marsh earned all-New England Division III honors with their top-35 finishes. Skyler Cummins '13 (photo insert lower left), who came in 33rd as the Cardinals' third finisher, also achieved all-New England status. Rounding out the Cardinals' scoring five were Charles Lang '11 in 40th and James Lawrence '12 in 53rd.
As usual, NESCAC dominated the final team standings at New Englands as seven of the top 10 teams in the region represented NESCAC colleges (#2 Williams, #4 Middlebury, #5 Bates & Wesleyan, #7 Bowdoin, #8 Tufts and #10 Amherst).
At the NCAAs, Marsh was Wesleyan's top finisher, placing 106th in the field of 279 runners with a time of 25:29.1. Katz slipped to 195th with a time of 26:06.6 as he was stepped on about a mile into the race, suffering a gash to his leg and losing a shoe. MIT was the top team from New England with a 12th-place showing. Brandeis was 16th, Williams was 19th and Middlebury was 21st. Haverford ran away with the team title and had the natonal champion in Anders Hulleberg with a time of 24:22.2. Hamilton's Peter Kosgei was the top NESCAC individual, coming in sixth (24:31.2).
Haverford went on to be named USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year with a 3.55 cumulative team GPA. Wesleyan was right behind with a 3.53 GPA, tying for sixth nationally as one of 125 Division III squads to receive USTFCCCA recognition for a team GPA in excess of 3.10. Wesleyan ranked first among the nine NESCAC colleges to pick up academic honors. Individually, both Marsh and Katz received USTFCCCA National Div. III All-Academic honors.