Top teams display power at Regionals
NCAA championship field almost set after busy day of action
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Eighth-ranked Edinboro captured its first NCAA Atlantic Regional title since 2007 and 21st overall on Saturday morning at Cooper’s Lake Campground, earning an automatic spot in the NCAA Division II Championships. The Fighting Scots had five runners finish in the top 25 to earn All-Regional honors, led by runner-up Scott Anderson. Edinboro will be making its first trip to the NCAAs since 2009 after failing to qualify in 2010 for the first time in 31 years.
“The guys did what they had to do,” Edinboro coach Doug Watts said. “I’m very happy with what went on on the guys’ side.”
Anderson, who also finished second at the 2010 Atlantic Regional and was the Fighting Scots’ lone competitor at the NCAA Championships last season, completed the course in 31:39, nine seconds behind first-place finisher, Lock Haven’s Alex Monroe. Anderson also finished second behind Monroe at the PSAC Championships on Oct. 22.
Edinboro posted a team score of 71 points to edge No. 21 Lock Haven (76) by five points for the title. The real battle from there was to decide the final berth for the national meet. No. 18 Shippensburg barely edged East Stroudsburg by just two points to claim the final spot. The Raiders finished with 108 points, while ESU scored 110 points. Slippery Rock rounded out the top-five with 131 points
West Virginia Wesleyan placed sixth, followed by Wheeling Jesuit, Kutztown, California (Pa.) and Indiana (Pa.) rounding out the top 10.
A total of 25 teams scored in the meet and a total of 173 runners finished the race.
The top two finishers not on one of the three qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to Aaron Dinzeo of California (Pa.) and Dustin Hall of Wheeling Jesuit.
DENVER, Colo. -- After finishing as the runners-up in a tight team race at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championships, No. 2 Adams State placed three runners among the top five in claiming a 28-61 team victory against top-ranked Western State at the NCAA Central Regional Championships at Washington Park on Saturday afternoon.
Adams State claimed its fourth consecutive Central Regional title and the 33-point margin of victory is the largest during the Grizzlies current streak of regional championships.
Colorado Mines scored 72 points, leading the fourth-ranked Orediggers to a third place finish. No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) finished fourth with 116 points, and was followed by UC-Colorado Springs and No. 16 Metro State, who each totaled 189 points. The Mountain Lions took fifth place as their sixth runner placed ahead of the Roadrunners’ sixth runner. Those six teams earned the Central Regions’ six automatic team bids to the NCAA Championships in Spokane, Wash. on Nov. 19.
RMAC Freshman of the Year Tabor Stevens led the charge for Adams State with a runner-up individual finish in a time of 32 minutes and 12 seconds, just two seconds behind individual champion Gabe Proctor of Western State.
Tyler Pennell, the RMAC Preseason Runner of the Year, finished third, but was the final Mountaineer to finish in the top 10. Pennell was followed by Grizzly seniors Matt Bond and Nathan Sellers, who placed fourth and fifth in 32:45 and 32:55, respectively, as Adams State and Western State swept the top five positions of the individual race.
Augustana (S.D.) runner Paul Yak was the first non-RMAC finisher in sixth, just ahead of ASC freshman Matt Daniels in seventh with a time of 33:10. Eighth and ninth places went to CSM’s Sena Gildea and New Mexico Highlands’ Niciase Kazingo. But they were followed closely by junior Edwin Cruz who finished 10th to round out the Grizzlies’ top five, and earned his third consecutive all-region honors.
The top two finishers not on one of the six qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to ninth-place finisher Nicaise Kazingo of New Mexico Highlands and 12th-place finisher Al Sanabria of Nebraska-Kearney.
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- No. 3 Grand Valley State cruised to a first-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional for its 10th consecutive regional championship. The Lakers placed four runners in the top five and five in the top eight.
Seniors Anthony Witt and Tyler Emmorey led the way for Grand Valley State as they ran stride-for-stride throughout the race. Witt claimed the individual title with a time of 31:58.5 as he was the only runner under 32 minutes on the 10K course. Emmorey checked in right behind his classmate with a second-place time of 32:00.6.
Senior Ryan Toth finished fourth with a time of 32:22.5 while senior Nathan Knisely was in fifth place with a time of 32:23.1. Sophomore Brent Showerman had an eighth-place showing with a time of 32:34.8 to round out the scoring for the Lakers
Grand Valley State finished with 20 team points, only five points shy of a perfect score. Sixth-ranked Southern Indiana was in second with 75 points while No. 24 Ashland captured the final bid to the NCAA Championships with a third place finish and 88 points.
The top two finishers not on one of the three qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to sixth-place finisher Evan Lewandowski of Wisconsin-Parkside and 10th-place finisher Jordan Parayil of Bellarmine.
DOVER, Fla. -- Alabama-Hunsville secured the NCAA South Region championship on Saturday morning by placing three runners among the top five finishers and four in the top 10 en route to earning a trip to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
The championship marks the first region title for the Chargers, as the squad advances to its third national championship meet in five years. UAH also competed at the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008 when it finished 24th and 23rd, respectively.
Senior Josh Moshier led a trio of UAH runners in the top five with a second-place finish and time of 32:11 on the 10,000-meter course. Freshmen Blaise Binns (32:23) and Jose Ortega (32:23) followed closely in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Junior Dante Dorsey added a top-10 finish as well, placing eight overall with a time of 32:50. Sophomore Joey Bemowski rounded out the scorers for UAH, clocking a time of 33:32 to finish 20th. UAH’s top five runners all earned All-South Region honors by virtue of finishing in the top 25.
In the team standings, UAH claimed the title with 39 points and were followed by host-Tampa with 64 points -- as both schools advance to the NCAA Championships. Florida Southern (106), West Florida (117) and Florida Tech (125) rounded out the top five teams.
The top two finishers not on one of the two qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to individual champion Moses Kirui of Florida Tech and third-place finisher Eric Larson of Florida Southern.
South Central Regional
WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS -- Ninth-ranked Eastern New Mexico claimed its first NCAA South Central Regional championship in program history on Saturday morning at the Hawk Ridge Golf Course. With the victory the Greyhounds clinched a spot in the NCAA Championships, scheduled to be held in two weeks.
Four Eastern New Mexico runners placed among the top 15 individual finishers, and received All-South Central Region honors for their efforts. Junior Isaiah Samoei, finished second overall with a 10K time of 31:05. Tallam Kipruto crossed the finish line in ninth place with a time of 31:41 and was followed by Mohamed Noor, who finished 13th with a 31:53 mark. Jacob Lozano finished in 15th place by posting a time of 31:58 while freshman Tyler Saiz wrapped up the scoring for the Greyhounds by completing the course in 32:12, good enough for a 18th-place finish.
The Greyhounds totaled 53 points on the afternoon and held off a strong effort from second-place finisher East Central (Okla.) to capture their first regional championship. East Central's tally of 59 points proved to be good enough to clinch a bid to the NCAA Championships for the 12th-ranked Tigers. No. 10 Central Missouri finished third in the team standings with 97 points, Missouri Southern captured fourth place with 147 points, while Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State finished in a tie with 174 points to round out the top five.
The top two finishers not on one of the two qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to individual champion Laban Sialo of Central Missouri and third-place finisher Kaya Dandena of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No. 13 Queens (N.C.) turned in an average time of 31:53.66 to propel the Royals to their fifth consecutive NCAA Southeast Region championship at McAlpine Creek Park on Saturday morning. Queens, who finished with 62 points on the day, and runner-up Mount Olive, who tallied 82 points of their own, clinched berths into the NCAA Championships scheduled to be held in two weeks.
Pardon Ndhlovu of UNC-Pembroke took the individual title with a time of 30:55.5. Queens’ Felix Duchampt raced in at a time of 31:09.5 for second place, while teammate Chris Enriquez finished third at 31:18.5. UNC-Pembroke’s Chris Schroll (31:19.7) and Simon Stuetzel (31:37.8) of the Royals wrapped up the top-five individual finishers.
Anthony Mallory (31:56.7) and Benny Perez (33:25.8) were the last two scorers for Queens as they finished in seventh and 46th place, respectively.
Ndhlovo and Schroll each advance to the NCAA Championships as individuals since they were the top two finishers that were not part of the two qualifying teams.
Mount Olive was able to clinch the second team berth to the national meet on the backs of James Maloney, Ronnie Sturgill and Dalton Souza who finished consecutively in tenth, 11th and 12th places, respectively.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- No. 11 Alaska-Anchorage, paced by an individual win by junior Micah Chelimo, successfully defended its title at the NCAA West Region Championships on Saturday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
In a thrilling race, the Seawolves placed all five scorers in the top 15 to narrowly defeat No. 5 Chico State by a 37-39 score. The GNAC took three of the four NCAA spots among the men's teams with No. 23 Western Oregon (126 points) in third, followed by 20th-ranked Western Washington (128) in fourth.
“We are very proud of the way the team competed today,” UAA head coach Michael Friess said. “There was tough competition and we are just excited to make the top four and move on to nationals.”
Chelimo registered his fourth win of the season by completing the 10K race in 30:19. Throughout the race, Chelimo battled with Chico State’s Isaac Chavez (second, 30:20) and Northwest Nazarene’s Barak Watson (3rd, 30:23) for the top position and pulled away in the final home stretch.
Junior Alfred Kangogo finished in fourth place with a time of 30:52, while senior Yonatan Yilma checked in 8th with a 31:12 mark. Freshmen Issac Kangogo (31:22) and Dylan Anthony (31:26) rounded out the scoring for UAA by finishing in 11th and 13th places, respectively.
The top two finishers not on one of the four qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to the third-place finisher Watson and seventh-place finisher Kyle Van Santen of St. Martins.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.