Top 10 Roundup
Western State takes RMAC; Edinboro loses PSAC
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The RMAC Championships was the most competitive conference contest to happen this weekend with five top-25 teams at the starting line. This race has a history of predicting the national champion, and this year No. 2 Western State took the team title.
Vegard Olstad took the RMAC individual championship title for the Mountaineers. The Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Champion ran the race in a time of 23:56.5. Garrett Wilson finished fourth with a time of 24:29.2. The next finishers for the Mountaineer men finished sixth through 11th to put the title firmly in Western State's favor.
The Mountaineers finished with 26 total team points, 19 points in front of the second-place finishing, and top-ranked Adams State.
Adam State's Kevin Batt placed in second overall with a time of 23:58.8. Batt's teammate Tabor Stevens placed behind him with a time of 24:06.7.
Fifth-ranked Colorado Mines came in third place behind the two teams. The Orediggers were led by Derek Alcorn who placed fifth overall at 24:33.7.
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Grand Valley State extended its GLIAC Championship winning streak on Saturday, dominating the race. The Lakers claimed their 12th consercutive conference title.
In the victory, the Lakers placed their top five runners inside the top seven, while all seven runners were inside the top 14. GVSU racked up only 21 points to easily beat Malone's second-place total of 95 points.
The race was won by GVSU's own Brent Showerman, who turned in an 8k time of 25:18.8 to win the race by nearly 10 seconds. He paced a group of Lakers that had all seven student-athletes place in the top 14 of the final results.
With the victory, Showerman was named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. It is the ninth consecutive year that a Laker has won the men's race and been named the GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Finishing in third in the race was Chad Cini with a time of 25:32.0, while fourth went to Alan Peterson with a time of 25:33.1. Finishing sixth was Larry Julson (25:36.6), while Spencer Pageau came across in seventh (25:37.6). All five scored Lakers, by virtue of finishing in the top seven, were named First Team All-GLIAC.
Earning Second Team All-GLIAC honors were Josh Moskalewski, who finished ninth (25:41.0) and Ricky Perez, who finished 14th (25:52.8).
CHICO, Calif. -- Fifth-ranked Chico State won its 12th conference crown at home on Saturday with a perfect score of 15.
Chico State placed runners one-through-six to literally run away with the title. Aaron Thomas led the way for the Wildcats followed by Alfonso Cisneros, Johnny Sanchez, Isaac Chavez, Phil Graber and Dayne Gradone.
Coming in second place was Cal Poly Pomona with 59 points, and UC San Diego took third with 82 points.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Augustana (S.D.) hosted the race at Yankton Trail Park on Saturday. Augustana has won the past five NSIC crowns and Saturday's race added a sixth to the Viking's collection.
Paul Yak led the way for Augustana with a time of 25:07.75.
The team won the race with a team score of 18. Sioux Falls earned a distant second place with 84 points.
ST. LOUIS -- Johnnie Tyler led the way to an eighth GLVC title for No. 7 Southern Indiana. The Eagles placed runners in the top-15 of the pack.
Following Guy was Tyler Pence in second and Josh Guy in third.
Southern Indiana scored 24 points in the record Lewis came in second with 88 points. Bellarmine placed third with 100 points.
MONMOUTH, Ore. –- Junior Isaac Kangogo won the individual title, as Alaska-Anchorage swept the 13th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive year, on Saturday at the Ash Creek Preserve.
Eighth-ranked Alaska-Anchorage, which claimed positions one-through-three, became the first GNAC men’s program to win four consecutive victories after narrowly defeating No. 22 Western Washingtin, 32-35. Simon Fraser took third place with 114 points, while Western Oregon was fourth with 125.
The Seawolves went 1-2-3 with an individual win from Kangogo, a runner-up finish by freshman Victor Samoei and a third-place result from junior Dylan Anthony. Kangogo became the sixth consecutive Seawolf to win a men’s title with a time of 24:51.27 for GNAC Athlete of the Year honors and his first collegiate win.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Ninth-ranked Edinboro did not take its fourth-consecutive PSAC title. The team was bested by Lock Haven which scored 37 points. Edinboro placed second with a score of 72.
Lock Haven placed three runners in the top 10 an Edinboro was only able to get in one, Matt Link.
In third place was Shippensburg.
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Missouri Southern had three runners place in the top nine and five in the top 19, but the Lions were narrowly edged by Central Missouri for the 2013 MIAA team title.
The Lions had 57 points in the team standings, but the Mules scored 56 for one of closest finishes in recent history.
Eric Schott placed fifth, traversing the 8K course in a time of 24:55.58 to earn All-MIAA honors. Jake Benton finished seventh (25:02.95) while Andrew Webster was ninth (25:10.54) and both earned All-MIAA honors.
Adrian Todd was 17th with a time of 25:33.30, while William Rush was 19th in a time of 25:35.24.
Central and Southern were first and second, while Southwest Baptist placed third, followed by Nebraska-Kearney and Northwest Missouri to round out the top five team scores. Pittsburg State was sixth, followed by Fort Hays, Lindenwood and Emporia State.