PALO ALTO, Calif. — Playing host to the NCAA West Regional Championship, No. 6 Stanford scored 50 points to defeat eighth-ranked Portland by three and capture the regional title on Saturday.
The Cardinal looked dominant for most of the race, but Portland rallied to make things tight over the final kilometers. However, Stanford had just enough to earn its second regional title in the past three years. Both Stanford and Portland earn the automatic berths to the NCAA championship meet while the rest of the region will have to sweat it out as surprising Cal Poly finished third, although well back with 122 points. Washington State was fourth, California was fifth and then No. 17 Oregon and No. 21 UCLA tied for sixth.
“I am pleased with the result,” Stanford associate head coach Jason Dunn said. “We talked about trying to get back to our winning ways. Especially here on our home course, we wanted to win. Obviously, the top two advance, but we wanted to be in the top position. Portland ran really well and made it close, but it was a pretty solid day for us.”
Chris Derrick led Stanford, finishing as the regional runner-up. Derrick covered the 10,000-meter Stanford Golf Course in 28:50, but could not match the pace of Lawi Lelang of Arizona who won with a blazing time of 28:34. Derrick ran with the lead pack until Lelang broke away. Derrick chased the Arizona freshman, dropping the rest of the field, but unable to catch the phenom from Kenya.
Jacob Riley also ran with the leaders most of the way, eventually finishing fifth after losing a battle in the final straightaway with two Portland runners. Riley finished with a time of 28:59 in his final race at the Stanford Golf Course.
Also in his final home meet was Brendan Gregg who came through with a big performance to place seventh. Gregg hung just off the lead pack, but closed extremely well to finish with a time of 29:26. The race was one of the best of the fifth-year senior’s career.
Rounding out the top five for Stanford were Joe Rosa and Erik Olson. Rosa placed 19th for the best result of his senior season. Olson was 22nd and three spots ahead of the Portland No. 5 man, which ended up being the difference. Rosa covered the 10,000 meters in 29:53, while Olson had a time of 29:57.
Great Lakes Regional
TOLEDO, Ohio — Seventh-ranked Indiana clinched a spot in the NCAA championship meet with a second place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday. The Hoosiers tallied 70 points on the day, just 20 points behind first-place Wisconsin. IU’s top five runners finished in the top 30 overall including three in the top 10.
The top two teams in each region automatically qualify for the NCAAs and the Hoosiers earned that right for the second-consecutive season.
Ben Hubers led the way for Indiana, running his way to a fifth-place finish in the 10K run. Hubers crossed the line in 30:21.3. He was followed by teammates Zach Mayhew in sixth and Andrew Poore in seventh.
Mayhew clocked in side-by-side with Hubers at 30:21.3 as Poore posted a time of 30:25.0. Adrien Dannemiller took 23rd overall in 30:52.0 and Andrew Weatherford rounded out the IU scoring with a 29th-place finish in a time of 31:00.1.
Also running in the top seven for Indiana were Ben Bizuneh (48th, 31:29.5) and JR Ricker (66th, 31:45.3).
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — No. 23 Georgetown won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional title for the seventh time in eight years on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship meet with the victory. Alex Lundy led the way for Georgetown as he finished third overall in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 30:40.2. Mark Dennin followed up for the Hoyas with a sixth-place time of 30:44.0.
Dennin was the first in a trio of Hoya athletes as he led Andrew Springer in seventh place (30:45.1) and T.C. Lumbar in eighth (30:46.3). Bobby Peavey rounded out the Georgetown scorers with at 23rd-place finish timing in at 31:09.1.
Georgetown won the men’s 25-team field with 47 points followed by conference rival Villanova (63), Princeton (90), Penn State (117) with Navy (142) rounding out the top five. Georgetown led five Big East teams with the 13th-ranked Wildcats finishing second and Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall all making appearances, finshing 18th, 21st and 25th, respectively.
“The guys ran great today,” Georgetown head coach Mike Banks said. “The plan today was to have them sit back behind other teams and become the hunters over the final 3,000 meters. Our men executed the plan perfectly and still ended up running as a team at the finish.
“I’m really proud of the race progress the men’s team has made throughout the course of the season. Today’s performance will be a huge confidence boost going into nationals.”
Villanova, by virtue of its second-place finish, also receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship meet.
DEKALB, Ill. — Second-ranked Oklahoma State took first place at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday to take the team title in all five events that the Cowboys have competed in this season.
The Cowboys were lead by senior Colby Lowe, who placed third, completing the 10,000-meter race in 31:22.87. It is the third time this season Lowe has been the Cowboys’ top finisher.
Sophomore Shadrack Kipchirchir completed the race in 31:22.89 to finish fourth, senior German Fernandez came in fifth with a time of 31:22.90 and sophomore Tom Farrell crossed the finish line at 31:23.03 to place sixth.
Freshman Fabian Clarkson notched a 24th-place finish in 31:53.60 to round out the Cowboys’ scoring five.
Oklahoma State’s team score of 42 narrowly beat second place Oklahoma’s tally of 45 points as both the Cowboys and fourth-ranked Sooners clinched berths into the NCAA championship meet.
PROVO, Utah — No. 3 BYU claimed the NCAA Mountain Regional at East Bay Golf Course on Saturday to earn a spot in the NCAA championship meet set to be held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Miles Batty led the way for the Cougars, taking the individual title in the 10K race with a time of 30:09.3.
The BYU men had a team score of 49 to edge No. 4 Colorado, which finished six points behind with 55, who also clinched a spot in the NCAA championship meet.
No. 12 Northern Arizona rounded out the top three with a score of 69. Batty — the 2011 West Coast Conference individual champion — ran in the lead pack throughout and pulled ahead with the top three late in the race. He made a strong kick to outpace Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins and claim the title.
Coming in behind Batty for BYU were Rex Shields (30:42.2) and Jared Ward (30:42.5), who finished eighth and ninth overall, repectively. Jason Witt (31.03.4) and Curtis Carr (31:03.7) rounded out BYU’s top five and finished 15th and 16th overall, respectively.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the third consecutive season, Syracuse finished in first place at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Pat Dupont led the way for the Orange with a fourth-place individual finish
“This is a great day for our program,” Syracuse head coach Chris Fox said. “It was an unexpected win but it is what we wanted. The kids came up big.”
Dupont, along with Tito Medrano, Joseph Whelan, Sean Keefe and Forrest Misenti all earned All-Region honors by finishing among the top 25 individual finishers.
Medrano (31:35.00) and Whelan (31:35.00) finished in ninth and 10th places in the 10K race, respectively, following right behind Dupont’s time of 31:21.40 to help Syracuse tally 44 points in the victory. Ninth-ranked Iona finished second in team scoring with 72 points, 18 back from the Orange. The Gaels were followed by Columbia (96), Providence (108) and Brown (178) to round out the top five. Syracuse and Iona, by virtue of finishing as the top two teams, clinched berths to the NCAA Championship race.
Keefe and Misenti ran neck-and-neck throughout the race, narrowly missing top-ten finishes and ultimately finishing in 15th (31:42.90) and 16th (31:45.50). Max Straneva (33rd; 32:21.70) and Andrew Palmer (69th; 32:59.80) also ran for the Orange.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — As he watched Florida State runners David Forrester, Mike Fout and Breandan O Neill stream across the finish line — in first, second, and fourth places respectively — coach Bob Braman felt confident his 16th-ranked Seminoles were on their way to an NCAA South Region title.
Braman let out a sigh of relief when sophomore Jakub Zivec finished 15th and Seth Proctor three spots behind him.
“We’re excited to be back to where we think we belong — to be a region champion and a potential top 10 team,” Braman said, after the Seminoles captured their first regional title since 2006, Saturday at the Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course. “We’re back in the mix.”
Two weeks removed from walking off the course at the ACC Championship, Kuba Zivec showed no ill effects of a tender back and hamstring, which have hampered him through the middle of the season.
“We had four great races and just a steady race from Seth,” Braman said. “It was good; a lot of fun. O Neill took the initiative and started pounding it with a 1 ½ (miles) to go. I thought we were going to go 1-2-3.”
Forrester, a junior, scored his first collegiate victory in 30:43.3 with Fout, FSU’s senior co-captain, right behind in 30:46.0. O Neill, a senior transfer from Dublin, Ireland, was fourth in 30:57.2.
Zivec (15th, 31:42.0) and Proctor (18th, 31:46.0) rounded out the Seminoles’ scorers.
FSU’s scoring five earned All-Region honors as it captured the team title with 40 points, followed by Florida (68), which also secured an automatic NCAA Championship berth.
South Central Regional
WACO, Texas — Henry Lelei won the individual title to help Texas A&M earn a berth to the NCAA championship meet by placing second at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday.
“It’s really awesome,” Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven said. “This was a picture perfect race. They did what they needed to do.
“We felt like we didn’t need to finish in the top two to get into the NCAA meet, but we were capable of getting top two. So, I think our crew ran relaxed. They competed really well over the second half of the race when it really mattered.”
Lelei covered the 10,000-meter course at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Club in 30 minutes, 9.4 seconds to win the race by nearly nine seconds over Arkansas’ Eric Fernandez (30:18.0), the SEC individual champion.
Texas, ranked No. 11 nationally, won the men’s team title with 40 points while Texas A&M, ranked No. 24 in the nation, tallied 56 points for second place. No. 15 Arkansas, the SEC team champion, placed third with 65 points and is in jeopardy of not making the NCAA Championship field as an at-large selection.
“It’s exciting for us to be going into the SEC next season and to defeat the SEC champion at the region meet this year,” McRaven noted. “But the key factor this weekend was advancing to the national meet. This was a good step for us.”
The Aggies and Longhorns will be two of 18 teams who automatically qualify for the NCAA championships from the nine regions contested on Saturday. Another 13 at-large selections will be added to make a field of 31 teams at the national meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ryan Hill won his second postseason championship race in a row on Saturday to lead No. 14 NC State to the team championship at the NCAA Southeast Regional at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
With the victory, the Wolfpack clinched their sixth consecutive berth to the NCAA Championship meet, including their 16th in the last 17 years, and their 23rd overall.
N.C. State easily won the men’s team championship with a score of 68 points. Eastern Kentucky, who captured the other bid to the NCAA Championship, was a distant second with 139 points. William & Mary (152) was third, followed by Virginia Tech (161) and North Carolina (162) rounding out the top five. The top two finishers not on one of the two qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet. Those spots went to Paul Chelimo of UNC-Greensboro and Mark Amirault of Virginia.
Hill — a senior, two-time All-American, and the 2011 individual ACC champion for NC State — continued his late-season surge Saturday. Sophomore Andrew Colley, who was runner-up to Hill at the ACC Championships, took fourth place at the regional, giving NC State another strong 1-2 punch at the front of the lead pack.
Behind Hill and Colley, senior Bobby Moldovan finished 14th, junior Patrick Campbell was 24th, junior Matt Sonnenfeldt checked in 25th, senior Adam Henken crossed in 30th, and junior Brian Himelright finished 36th. By virtue of their top 25 finishes, Moldovan and Campbell join Hill and Colley on the All-Southeast Regional Team.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.