Hogan Qualifies For NCAA Championship With Third-Place Finish At Mid-Atlantic Regional
Nov. 13, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, PA - All-American senior Megan Hogan qualified for her third straight NCAA Championship after running to a third-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday afternoon at Penn State's Blue & White Golf Course.
Hogan completed the 6K course in 19:58, a full 38 seconds faster then her previous course time earlier this season at the Penn State National Invitational. Villanova's Sheila Reid won the race with a time of 19:33.
"She ran hard the first two miles, we wanted her to dictate tempo early to separate the pretenders" said head coach Brian Beil . "Then Megan gave it a go versus Sheila Reid (Villanova); hit a long, steep hill and Reid got a little separation. I told Megan before the race if she didn't have a chance to win to shut it down. Second (place) and third (place) are the same thing today. We all go to Nationals. We are in good shape moving forward".
2010 has been a year of repeats for Hogan. Last week she repeated as the Atlantic 10 individual champion with a record setting performance, followed by a becoming a repeat recipient of the A-10 cross country Student-Athlete of the Year award. Today, Hogan qualifies for her third straight NCAA Championship.
Hogan finished in 27th-place out of 255 at the 2009 NCAA Championships. She ran the course in 20:34, 27 seconds faster then her 2008 time. Hogan was tripped early in the race and fell as far back as 60th-place before battling back to achieve All-American status.
Senior Jessica Stern closed out her Colonial career by finishing in 87th-place, after completing the course in 22:45. She improved on her 2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional time by 17 seconds and her time from the Penn State Invite by 16 seconds (23:01).