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NCAA Tournament Bids
football headed to delaware;
torphy bound for iowa

Torphy to Make Fourth National Appearance

For the second year in a row, senior Bobby Torphy of the Muhlenberg men's cross country team received a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Bobby Torphy

Torphy finished a career-best 20th at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Slippery Rock yesterday and qualified as one of the top seven finishers not from a team that qualified. Haverford and Dickinson received automatic berths to nationals by finishing first and second at the regional, and Carnegie Mellon, Allegheny and Elizabethtown all were awarded at-large bids. When runners from those teams are removed, Torphy was the third-highest placer.

The NCAA Championship are scheduled for Saturday, November 20, at the H. J. Max Championship Cross Country Course at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Torphy is the third Mule runner to qualify for the national field as an individual in back-to-back years. He placed 169th out of 276 athletes last year. Torphy has also qualified for nationals in indoor track and field twice, earning All-America honors in 2009.
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The Muhlenberg football team drew a familiar opponent when the NCAA Division III Tournament bracket was announced today.

The Mules (7-3) will travel
Wesley 2008 game
Senior captains Mark Accomando (43) and Scott Gavin (30), then sophomores, pursue a Wesley ball-carrier in the 2008 NCAA playoff game.
to Dover, Del., to take on Wesley (9-0) in a first-round game on Saturday, Nov. 20. This will be the third NCAA meeting between the two schools in the last four years. In 2007, the Wolverines defeated the Mules, 38-21, in a second-round game, and in 2008 Wesley eliminated Muhlenberg by a 20-0 score. The two teams also have scrimmaged each other the last two years.

Muhlenberg is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Mules tied Ursinus and Johns Hopkins for the Centennial Conference title and received the league's automatic bid to the NCAAs by virtue of their wins against both of those teams. The Mules are 2-5 in their previous NCAA games, scoring first-round wins at home against Mass.-Dartmouth in 2002 and Salisbury in 2007.

Wesley, ranked third in both national Division III polls, is the top overall seed in the tournament. The Wolverines are in the 32-team field for the seventh time and have compiled a record of 12-6, reaching the national semifinals in 2005, 2006 and 2009. Wesley has eliminated the Centennial Conference champion from the tournament every year since 2006.

The winner of the game between Muhlenberg and Wesley will take on the winner of a first-round pairing between Hampden-Sydney and Montclair State in the second round.
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