2022 CAA Cross Country Championship Set for Friday

2022 CAA Cross Country Championship Set for Friday

The 2022 CAA Cross Country Championships are set for Friday, October 28 in Newark, Del. hosted by the University of Delaware.

Oct 27, 2022 by FloTrack Staff
2022 CAA Cross Country Championship Set for Friday

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The 2022 CAA Cross Country Championships are set for Friday, October 28 from White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del. hosted by the University of Delaware. The men’s 8K race begins at 10 a.m. EST, with the women's 6K event following at 11 a.m.

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The CAA Championship returns to Newark for the third time in championship history. However, the field will look different than it has been in recent memory. Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook will join the competition for their inaugural CAA Cross Country Championship after becoming full members of the conference last summer. 

On the men’s side, William & Mary reclaimed its stake atop CAA Cross Country last season, winning the program’s league-leading 28th CAA title. The Tribe placed six runners in the top 10 en route to its championship victory last season, and William & Mary returns five of those student-athletes in 2022. The Tribe, ranked 14th in the USFTCCCA Southeast Region, has Samuel Pritchard and Jacob Jones back in its lineup after finishing second and third, respectively, last season. Jones (24:13.4) and Pritchard (24:17.4) set personal-best marks in the 8K this fall and look to pace the Tribe to another team title. 

One of the top challengers for the team title will be last year’s runner-up Northeastern. The Huskies return the defending individual champion, Alexander Korczynski, along with three additional All-CAA performers from 2021. Korczynski has picked up where he left off last fall, recording a personal record (23:51.7) in the 8K this season. As a team, Northeastern ranks eighth in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region. 

Newcomer Stony Brook looks to make a statement in its first CAA Championship as the Seawolves enter the competition with the highest regional ranking among teams in the conference. Stony Brook is ranked fourth in the Northeast region, with its top five runners posting times under 24 minutes in the 8K this season. Graduate student Robert Becker leads the pack of Seawolves after recording a personal-best performance of 23:28.9 in the 8K, which ranks second in the league this season.

Hofstra’s Abraham Longosiwa enters the championship with the conference’s top 8K time this fall. The freshman ran 23:17.3 earlier this season and will look to challenge for the individual title in his first CAA Championship. The Pride won three consecutive individual titles from 2018-2020. 

For the women, Elon has won three consecutive CAA team titles and is poised to claim its fourth in 2022. The Phoenix is ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA Southeast region and owns five of the conference’s top eight 6K times this fall. Three All-CAA performers from last season return to the Elon lineup, led by Leandra Lorenz, a top-five finisher in 2021. Lorenz set an Elon program record in the 6K earlier this season and her time of 20:02.9 is the best in the league this fall. In addition to its three straight team titles, an Elon runner has claimed the individual title in four consecutive seasons. 

Among the contenders to challenge for the team title is Northeastern. The Huskies have reached their highest regional ranking in program history, ranking fourth in the Northeast region, the highest among conference teams. Three top-10 finishers from last season return for Northeastern, including Abigail Hassman. She broke the Northeastern program record in the 5K (17:28.4) and 6K this season, while her time of 20:41.0 in the 6K ranks seventh in the league.  

Three additional teams – Stony Brook, William & Mary and Delaware – are regionally ranked entering the championship and aim to make noise at the top. 

Stony Brook is ranked seventh in the Northeast region and is paced by Fiona McLoughlin, who has the third-best 6K (20:30.3) mark in the conference this season. 

William & Mary is ranked 14th in the Southeast region, while Delaware is 14th in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Tribe has a young team, with its top four times coming from freshmen and sophomores. Sofia Istnick has William & Mary’s best time in the 6K (20:48.0) and ranks top 10 in the league this season. For the Blue Hens, they have to replace their top-two runners from a year ago, but Delaware returns Hannah Lindgren, who earned All-CAA honors last fall. 

The top 15 finishers from each gender will earn All-CAA recognition, while the CAA Athlete, Coach and Rookie of the Year will be awarded following the 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships. 

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