CANTON, N.Y. – No. 11 St. Lawrence captured the program’s first Atlantic Regional title since 2000 on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Scarlet and Brown have earned an automatic berth into the field at the 2011 NCAA Championship meet next Saturday, Nov. 19 in Winneconne, Wis.
The Saints had four runners finish among the top 11 of Saturday’s race and were able to hold off SUNY Geneso by a mere six points 89-95. The Blue Knights, who were led by individual champion Lee Berube and third-place runner Eddie Novara finished as runner-up and earned an automatic bid to the national championships as well.
“I’m exceptionally proud of the team and how they ran according to our plan today. They represented our program at home in front of family, friends and alumni with class and poise,” St. Lawrence head coach John Newman said. “John Johnston executed his race plan to perfection and ran the fastest time ever for a Saint on the Hoffmann Course, and now has the third-fastest time ever.”
Berube, the Hoffmann Course record holder, won the race with a time of 24:41 but was followed by St. Lawrence senior standout John Johnston in second place overall in 24:53. Senior Steve Kiplagat, junior Sam Rakoc and senior Seth Jackson would then put the Saints in great position to win the race, finishing in fourth, seventh and 11th place, respectively.
Though the Blue Knights would close the gap, senior Alex Calderwood’s 65th place finish would prove to be the clincher, capping St. Lawrence’s point total at the winning score of 89 points.
Sophomore Brendan Courneene (76th) and freshman Scott Smolensky (84th) rounded out the St. Lawrence line-up in the regional race.
The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Eric Dubois, Rowan; James Vavra, Rochester; Alex Benway, Clarkson; Dylan Karten, NYU; Nick Marcantonio, SUNY Cortland; Jeff Corelli, RPI; and Ryan Boyd, NYU.
SEGUIN, Texas — Lynchburg successfully defended its South/Southeast Regional Championship on Saturday, outpacing 25 other schools including runner-up Centre. This marks the second consecutive championship for the Hornets and they automatically qualify for the NCAA championship meet next Saturday in Winneconne, Wis. This was the Hornets sixth regional title in school history.
The Hornets were led by a sixth-place finish from sophomore Cody Stanton, who clocked a time of 26:36. Following Stanton were a pack of Lynchburg runners. Nolan Compton outkicked several athletes over the final straightaway to finish 18th overall in 27:10. Billy Orndorff and Anthony McBride were right behind finishing in the 25th and 26th positions with times of 27:23 and 27:26, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Daniel Cutright who finished in 37th position in a time of 27:44.
“It was dusty and windy out there today, but I feel that we all ran great,” Stanton said.
For their top-35 finishes, Stanton (6th), Compton (18th), Orndorff (25th), and McBride (26th) earned South/Southeast Regional Team Honors.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way my guys ran today,” Lynchburg head coach Doug Thomasey said. “The entire season I stressed how important it was to do the little things right and how important it is to run fast at the right times of the season. Being able to come out with a victory today really shows how tight of a team we really are. We stuck to our plan and it paid off.”
This was the second consecutive race where the Hornets edged the runner-up team by one point, after winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title two weekends ago.
Centre also earned a berth in the NCAA championship meet by virtue of its second-place finish. The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Tim Smith, Roanoke; Sean Whitson, Virginia Wesleyan; Dan Nafziger, Eastern Mennonite; Chad Norton, Guilford; Clay Bond, University of the South; Nick Lauter, Virginia Wesleyan; and Geraint Davies, Emory.
New England Regional
BRUNSWICK, Maine — No. 16 Middlebury earned its second consecutive NCAA championship berth on Saturday after a program-best second place finish among 48 teams, just one point behind New England Regional champion and seventh-ranked Williams.
NESCAC individual champion Michael Schmidt became an NCAA regional champion for the second consecutive year, as he covered the course in 24:39, 15 seconds ahead of his nearest opponent. Both Middlebury and Williams advance to next Saturday’s NCAA Championship meet, to be held in Winnecone, Wis. The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Coby Horowitz, Bowdoin; Matt Rand, Tufts; Stephen Wahome, Bridgewater State; Antoine Gisore, New England College; Andrew Erskine, Amherst; Ryan O’Connell, Springfield; and Kevin Hoyt, Keene State.
Supporting Schmidt for the Panthers were junior Jack Davies in 14th place (25:08) and sophomore Nate Sans with a 17th place finish (25:11). Sophomore Greg Krathwohl and junior Patrick Hebble rounded out the Panther scorers in 28th (25:22) and 29th (25:23) places respectively.
Great Lakes Regional
OBERLIN, Ohio — For the 16th consecutive season Calvin won the Great Lakes Regional championship, doing in so commanding fashion on Saturday.
Calvin College had five runners finish among the top 12 individual finishers en route to winning the title by tallying just 38 points. Dan Kerr was the team’s top finisher, completing the 8K trek in 24:47.17 to place third overall.
Just a few spots back in fifth place was Matt Vander Roest as he stopped the clock at 24:52.53. Greg Whittle rounded out the top three for the victors, ending up eighth overall with a time of 25:03.62.
Wabash finished second as the Little Giants, who totaled 100 points as team, were led by Kevin McCarthy’s first-place finish with a time of 24:31.01. The senior averaged just 4:56 per mile. Both Calvin and Wabash, by virtue of their team finishes, advance to the NCAA Championship meet scheduled to be held Saturday Nov. 19 in Winnecone, Wis.
The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Makorobo Salukombo, Denison; Dan Kerr, Calvin; Bill Jones, Franciscan; Kenneth Janosko, Baldwin-Wallace; Noah Droddy, DePauw; Caleb Muller, Marietta; and Brian David, Wabash.
Brian David finished 11th overall at 25:11.58 while Dalton Boyer followed in 17th with a timestamp of 25:33.57 to round out the Little Giants’ top three.
Dee Salukombo of Denison finished second overall in 24:44.61. The top 35 finishers in the race were named All-Region at meet’s end.
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Second-ranked Haverford captured the NCAA Mideast Regional title on Saturday at DeSales University, and with that victory the Fords earned a spot at the NCAA Championship meet on Saturday Nov. 19 in Oshkosh, Wis.
The top two teams at each of the eight regionals across the country earn automatic bids. Haverford, with 52 points, and Dickinson (129 points), both from the Centennial Conference, earned the berths from the Mideast. Allegheny (169 pts.) was third with Johns Hopkins (169 pts.) coming in fourth.
The Fords placed their five scoring runners within the top 25 finishers Saturday and were led by senior All-American Eric Arnold who crossed the finish of the eight-kilometer course in second place, a half step behind Allegheny’s Bobby Over. The pair registered identical times of 25 minutes, 25 seconds.
Junior Jordan Schilit (fourth, 25:34) and senior Andrew Sturner (10th, 25:53) also raced to top-10 finishes for Haverford. The final two scoring runners for the Fords were 14th-place Peter Kissin (Jr., 26:00) and sophomore Brian Sokas (22nd, 26:18). The scoring five for Haverford were separated by just 54 seconds.
Senior Tim Schoch (28th, 26:24) and junior Ivo Milic-Strkalj (33rd, 26:37) joined the first five Fords in running to all-region (top-35) honors.
The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Bobby Over, Allegheny; Ian Quinlan, Susquehanna; Chris Wasnetsky, Scranton; Evan Gates, Carnegie Mellon; Jacob Phillips, Swarthmore; Kevin Edwards, Allegheny; and Tim Hartung, York.
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Matt Perez raced to the individual title and two more Cardinals placed among the top ten individual finishers as top-ranked North Central (Ill.) blew away the 39-team field on Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Saukie Golf Course, claiming the team title for the fourth consecutive season.
The Cardinals tallied 42 points in the team standings to win their 24th Midwest Region crown, besting runner-up and third-ranked Washington-St. Louis by a 72-point margin. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh was third with 136 points followed by 12th-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse (141). College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin rival and fifth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) finished fifth with a score of 151.
Perez claimed top individual honors, completing the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, 41.7 seconds, marking the 11th time in regional history a Cardinal runner has taken home the regional title and third time in as many years.
Seven-tenths of a second separated Kevin Sparks and Matt Brinkmeier as the Cardinal pair finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh places, respectively. Sparks clocked a 25:10.1 while Brinkmeier toured the course in 25:10.8.
Dan Kerley finished just outside the top 10, clocking a time of 25:17.0, good for 11th place while Neal Klein rounded out the scoring five, finishing 17th in 25:25.0. John Crain was 24th in 25:35.3 with Tim Hird placing 79th in 26:36.5.
North Central (Ill.) and Washington-St. Louis earned automatic berths to the NCAA championship meet set to be held Saturday Nov. 19 in Winneconne, Wis. The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Tim Nelson, Wisconsin-Stout; William Whitmore, Chicago; Josh Kaul, Wisconsin-La Crosse; Jake Austin, Elmhurst; John Dewitt, Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Josh Williams, Edgewood; and Nate Stymiest, Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
CLAREMONT, Calif. – Occidental and Colorado College will both be headed to the NCAA championship meet after the schools finished tied for first with 76 points each at the NCAA West Regional at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished in third with 83 points and Willamette placed fourth with 95.
Jackson Brainerd won the individual competition for Colorado College, finishing the 8K race in 24 minutes and 53.4 seconds, beating Claremont-Mud-Scripps’ Rafer Dannenhauer who finished second (24:59.7) and Occidental’s Eric Kleinsasser who was third (25:02.1).
Brainerd used a kick a few hundred yards after the fourth mile that passed up Kleinsasser, Dannenhauer and a few others toward the front of the pack, to win his third regional championship crown.
“I was real nervous coming in because these guys weren’t going to make it easy,” Brainerd said. “I was mostly waiting. I thought someone was going to make a move but they didn’t. So I went for it.”
Brainerd’s race against Kleinsasser was highly anticipated, after he edged the Oxy runner two years ago by under a second at the West Regional on the same course. Saturday, it was less suspenseful as Brainerd had a big lead by the time he hit the final stretch of the race.
“Jackson had it today,” said Kleinsasser, who was coming off of consecutive wins at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference multi-dual and championship events. “As we were going up the hill he bailed. My strategy with respect to him was to put a move on early.”
The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Rafer Dannenhauer, Claremont-Mudd Scripps; Leo Castillo, Williamette; Bryan Chow, Claremont-Mudd Scripps; Scott Gage, Linfield; Alex Johnson, Pomona-Pitzer; Crabo Anders, Pomona-Pitzer; and Alan DenAdel, Pacific Lutheran.
WAVERLY, Iowa – Nebraska Wesleyan won the NCAA Central Regional title on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Championship meet for the 15th consecutive season.
NWU men scored 93 team points to defeat St. Olaf, who also garnered a berth to the national meet, by 14 points for the team championship. A total of 26 teams competed in the Central Regional.
Senior Mike Rathje led the way for NWU by placing 12th individually in a time of 25:43.7. Two more Prairie Wolves were in the top 15 as Jordan Rector placed 14th (25:48.0) and Ben Paben finished 15th (25:50.6). Parker Schoen was also in the top 25 by placing 22nd.
The top seven individual finishers, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a part of a qualifying team, also earned automatic invitations to NCAAs. These spots were captured by: Ben Sathre, St. Thomas (Minn.); Jack Deichert, Hamline; Ellis Richardson, Hamline; Kyle Heineman, Coe; Tom Sederquist, Concordia-Moorehead; Ben Jacobs, Cornell (Iowa); and Ryan Edwardson, Simpson.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.