BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Will Geoghegan of Brunswick was fifth and classmate John Bleday was eighth Friday afternoon on the 10K Van Cortlandt Park course at the 2013 NCAA East Regional.

Those two scores helped the Dartmouth men’s cross country team grab fifth with 101 points.

On the strength of those two finishes, Geoghegan and Bleday automatically qualified as individuals to represent Dartmouth at the 2013 NCAA National Championship meet.

Syracuse claimed the regional team title with 57 points, while Columbia was second with 78 as both earned automatic bids to the national championship meet next week in Terre Haute, Ind.

Geoghegan ran a 30:22.1 to claim fifth, a 12-spot improvement on last year’s regional finish. Bleday gave the Green and White two top-10 harriers with his eighth-place showing in 30:29.0.