DURHAM, N.H. – After an impressive performance at the regional meet, senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's cross country team has qualified for the NCAA National Championship meet, announced Saturday morning.
Maguire received one of four individual regional bids to qualify for the national meet after she placed 16th overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional Friday afternoon at Hammonassett State Park. Maguire, who earned All-Region honors for the second straight year, completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20:22.5.
The NCAA National Championship meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park hosted by the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The women's race will start at noon.
Maguire is the first member of the UNH women's cross country team to qualify for national championships since Cathy Parker made the trip in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007.
The Massachusetts native continues to shine on the course this season after she also claimed the America East individual title two weeks ago at UNH's College Woods course. Maguire completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 16:33.48, just two seconds shy of the course record, and helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish. She became the second runner in school history to capture the top individual honor and the first since Parker won it all during the 2006 season.
Maguire also has an accomplished career on the track as she most recently qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary in the 10,000 meters for the second straight season. She also captured her second New England title last spring with a first-place finish in the 1,500 meters. The two-time America East track champion was named the 2009 Outdoor Rookie of the Meet after a first-place finish in the 10,000 meters.