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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 11, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's cross country team is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships this Saturday at St. Olaf (Minn.) College.
The Mules earned an at-large bid Sunday after finishing in fourth place at the New England Division III NCAA Qualifier on Saturday at Connecticut College. The Colby women will be joined by men's runner John Swain, who automatically qualified for the national meet by taking fifth in Saturday's men's race.
While Swain is heading to the NCAA meet for the first time, the Colby women's team finished fifth at the national meet in 2004 and 2005. The Mules have earned an NCAA bid in seven of the last 14 seasons under head coach Deb Aitken.
Women's Automatic Qualifying TeamsAmherst, Calvin, Case Western Reserve, Dickinson, Emory, Geneseo State, Haverford, Luther, Nebraska Wesleyan, Plattsburgh State, Puget Sound, Trinity (Texas), Washington U. in St. Louis, Willamette, Williams, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Women's At-large TeamsAllegheny, Bowdoin, Colby, Colorado College, DePauw, Elizabethtown, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Middlebury, St. Olaf, St.Thomas (Minnesota), The College of New Jersey, Wartburg, Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Platteville
Men's Individual Automatic Qualifiers
New England RegionSean Watson Wesleyan; John Swain Colby; Curtis Wheeler Southern Maine; Michael Griffin Springfield; James Butcher Middlebury; Jared Samuel Keene St.; Matt Dunlap Bates