INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in league history the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will have two representatives at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship as Gordon’s Damon Kilgore (Londonderry, N.H.) and Wentworth’s Alex Robbins (Mansfield, Mass.) were both selected. They will compete at 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 18 with Principia College acting as host. The men’s race is set to go off at noon.
Both runners earned individual selections as one of the top seven finishers who were not part of a qualifying team in Saturday’s (Nov. 11) New England Regional Championship. The entire championship field was announced on Sunday (Nov. 12) via press release from the NCAA.
Kilgore, the three-time reigning CCC Runner of the Year, was the top CCC finisher at the regional with a ninth place finish at 25:43. Robbins placed 10th, also covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:43. Kilgore previously competed in the national championship in 2015, finishing 118th in the 278-person field.
Overall there were 32 teams and 56 individuals chosen to compete in the championship meet. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Sixteen additional teams were selected at-large. Individuals earned spots based on being the one of the first seven finishers in their respective regionals who were not part of qualifying teams.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.