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Atlantic Region Previews 2012

Men's 2012 Preview
1 Geneseo Lose top-3 but add transfer Miles-Rath (122nd '11 XC NCAA's)
2 Cortland Return entire Top-7 from 20th place NCAA team
3 NYU Return 6 of Top-8 from 19th place NCAA team, hoping freshman Gerald Gorman (4:12 1600m) will fill the gap
4 RPI Return 6 from Top-7
5 Rochester Return 8 of Top-12, 7 of which have 5K track p.r. under 15:30
6 St. Lawrence Return #1 runner from Atlantic Region but look to new faces to fill out Top-7
7 TCNJ Will look to strong incoming class to fill loss of 5 from Top-7
8 Oneonta Return 6 from Top-8 and expect impacts from strong freshmen class
9 Ithaca Return 5 from Top-7
10 Fredonia Return entire Top-7 from 10th place Atlantic Region squad


Women's 2012 Preview
1 Geneseo The Blue Knights graduated their top 2 from last years 2nd place regional squad (12th at NCAA), but look to return the rest of the team. Liberarti, the 2010 Atlantic Region runner-up who did not run on the 2011 regional squad, ran 17:14 last spring. Additional support may be coming from a  strong freshman class including: Shannon Murphy (19:13/10:46/4:50); Kylie Ryan (19:33/5:08); Krista Roncone (19:24/10:34/4:50); and Ashton Hughes (18:50/10:44/4:49)
2 St. Lawrence The Saints return 4 of the  seven that won the Atlantic Regional and finished 8th in the nation last fall. Despite the transfer of Meg Hulton (15th at regionals) and graduation of their top two, SLU will return two All-Regional runners and an additional two runners who ran 18:07 and 18:15 last spring but were not on their regional squad last fall. Notable freshman include a 9:50 3K runner and woman who ran low 18 at HS Nationals. Amanda Moreland (17th at regionals in 2010, injured last year) looks to make a comeback this fall as well. 
3 Rowan Rowan graduates Jena Peacock, but returns the 2-7 runners from their team that was 4th at regionals and 26th at Nationals, including Jen Rawls (16:40/4:30 in 2010). Adamson expects a strong team.
4 TCNJ TCNJ returns all but their 2nd runner from last years 6th place regional team, including Bannon (4:33, 10th at NCAA in 1500), Goncalves (17:37/4:46/10:16), Flynn (17:36), Alabanza (4:47/10:33), Johnson (4:49), Manzo (18:37), and Nealon (18:50). TCNJ will also have three other runners with sub-18 minute 5K PRs from track seasons prior to 2011 on the team this fall, along with three strong freshman. With strong improvements over the past year, Jennings is anticipating a stronger squad than in 2011.   
5 Vassar Graduated the 2nd and 5th runners from last years 6th place regional team, but return the rest of the team  including Holmes (2:10/4:39/17:50), Piepmeier (4:44/17:10), Ford (4:58/18:47) and Carpenter and Cleves who sat out last spring due to winter injury but are returning healthy. Several seniors will return after studying abroad last year, and new additions include several strong freshman (two with 2 mile marks near 11:00).
6 NYU Lose 3 of last regional's top 5 (Evans, Zelinsky, Santonski), but return Keller (17:20/36:06, injured at regionals last year) and the rest of the team that was 5th at regionals and 30th at Nationals in 2011. The Violets are anticipating a big freshman class with a number of impact runners, so they are likely to be back in fine form come November.
7 SUNY Cortland Cortland returns all but two of their 2011 team which narrowly slid to an 8th place finish in 2011. They  lose their 1st and 4th runners to graduation but should return Tozser (4:46/10:50 SC), Naylon (4:56/10:24 indoors), Cotey (18:25/38:11), Fischman (18:48/5:00) and Fairbanks (5:02). No word on freshman additions. 
8 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh will miss much talent with the graduation of  their 1-3 and 6th runners from the 2011 team that was 3rd in the region and 7th at Nationals. Returners include Schermerhorn (4:41 in 2010), Driscoll (17:54/36:47), and Coon (18:19). Two newcomers are expected to help, including one sub 11 3k runner. They are ranked low given the graduation of 4 top runners, but it is hard to count out Plattsburgh despite the losses. 
9 RPI Graduated their 1st and 5th runners from the 2011 team that finished 11th at regionals, but return all others including Marie Ferro and Gracie Tilton (who were away last fall, but were 1-2 on the 2009 5th place and NCAA qualifying team). The Engineers are anticipating additional impact runners to develop from 5 newcomers whose high school PR's are have run sub 11 for 3K, plus additional freshman who will greatly improve the team's depth. Certainly a team to watch.
10 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta (9th in 2011) graduated three of their top 7 from regionals (including their 1st and 3rd) but return all others and should be a stronger team than last year. Look for strong performances from Kennedy (17:42), a step up from Ryley (2011 8th runner, but 18:57/11:33 last spring), and fresh faces - Oneonta will be bolstered by 6 new freshman with 3K PR's from 10:35-11:00.