Saint Joseph's junior Kevin McDonnell qualified for the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships after his performance on Saturday at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. McDonnell placed 14th in the Regional and was officially entered into the National Championship on Sunday when the NCAA announced the 31 teams and its additional 38 individual qualifiers.
McDonnell received one of four individual berths from the Middle Atlantic Region to the championship race on Monday, November 22. He will join Andrew Hanko of Navy, Maryland's Greg Kelsey, and Lehigh's Evans Kosgei to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Moorestown, N.J. native is the fourth Hawk from the men's cross country team to qualify since 2000 (Kyle Murray '08, Andre Laboy '03, Karl Savage '00) and marks the 12th time in program history that a Hawk harrier will participate in the National Championship. The best finish by an SJU athlete is Savage's 67th place showing in 2000.
McDonnell is the fifth runner to make it to the NCAA Championship under head coach Mike Glavin who is in his 22nd year with the Hawks.
The men's race kicks off at 12:48 p.m. at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana and will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports.