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bowdoin cross country NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

A trio of Bowdoin runners will compete at the NCAA Division III Championship this Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Caroline Shipley and Delaney Bullock will represent the Bowdoin women's team while Luca Ostertag-Hill will run for the Bowdoin men.

Watch an interview with seniors Caroline Shipley and Luca Ostertag-Hill below

ABOUT THE POLAR BEAR QUALIFIERS

Caroline Shipley (Sr., Andover, Mass.)

Caroline Shipley earned a trip to nationals thanks to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Regional at Bowdoin last weekend. After not running cross country her first year at Bowdoin, Shipley was part of the indoor track team and was a member of the Bowdoin's NCAA Championship Distance Medley Relay team in 2018, running the 1200 leg. After running cross country her sophomore season, she studied abroad at Oxford University last fall and then earned her second All-American honor as a member of Bowdoin's DMR team last winter. In just her second season running cross country, she will be making her first trip to cross country NCAA's.

Delaney Bullock (So., Newfane, Vt.)

In her sophomore campaign at Bowdoin, Bullock will be making her second straight trip to NCAA Cross Country nationals thanks to a 13th-place performance at the regional last weekend. She ran a personal best time in the 6k regional race (21:55.8). A graduate of the Putney School in Vermont, Bullock's ran solo through high school. Her first "team" cross country race was when she arrived at Bowdoin in the fall of 2019.

Luca Ostertag-Hill (Sr., Portland, Ore.)

Luca Ostertag-Hill gained a berth to his first NCAA Championship with a strong 26th place finish at the regional race last Saturday. Working his way up in Bowdoin's lineup over his career, Ostertag-Hill was the #15 runner as a first-year, #7 as a sophomore and #5 last year before finishing his career as Bowdoin's top runner this fall. He placed 21st at the NESCAC Championship and improved his placing among conference finishers to 19th at the regional, sealing his trip to nationals.

CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION

The men's 8K championship is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 23 while the women's 6K competition is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

Action photos courtesy of Brian Beard/Creative Images Photography