Roundup: Eighteen teams earn automatic bids to NCAAs at regionals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With a late charge Friday, Stanford won its fourth West Regional title in five years and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA championships.
The Cardinal was fourth with a mile to go on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, but rallied passed leader and fourth-ranked Oregon down the stretch by placing three among top-six finishers. The Ducks were second with 64 points and No. 10 Portland was third with 92.
Stanford junior Jim Rosa (29:43) followed Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (29:35) across the finish line in a repeat of their Pac-12 championship finish on Nov. 2.
By finishing among the top two, Stanford and Oregon qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships to be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. It is the 20th consecutive year that Stanford
OGDEN, Utah -- Northern Arizona beat out No. 1 Colorado at the Mountain Regional championship on Friday.
Second-ranked Northern Arizona won the team title with 61 points and Colorado came in second with 69. With the win, both teams are guaranteed to advance to the NCAAs.
Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka was the individual winner at the race.
Northern Arizona was led by Futsum Zienasellassie who placed third overall.
AMES, Iowa -- Big 12 champion Oklahoma State raced to a first-place finish at the Midwest Regional championship, to avenge its tied-for-first finish from 2012.
Third-ranked Oklahoma State took first with 45 points, followed by No. 13 Tulsa with 57 points and No. 24 Iowa State with 113 points.
Tulsa had the race’s individual winner. Senior Chris O’Hare led the pack with a time of 30:28.
Oklahoma State was led by Thomas Farrell who finished seventh overall. Oklahoma State had racers finish seven-eight-nine-10-11.
South Central Regional
WACO, Texas -- Ninth-ranked Arkansas officially won the 2013 NCAA South Central Region title on Friday morning to clinch a spot into the national meet. Junior Stanley Kebenei won the race to lead the Razorbacks' one-two-six-nine-19 finish, good for 34 points.
The team victory is the program's 33rd NCAA regional title.
Arkansas edged Texas. Texas tallied 37 points in the team race and also earns an automatic bid to nationals. Texas had four top-10 finishers, led by senior Ryan Dohner in third place.
Both teams distanced all other competition, Lamar took third with 110 points.
Great Lakes Regional
MADISON, Wis. -- It was a close race at Wisconsin as only three points separated the top-two finishers and only one separated No. 2 and 3. Sixteenth-ranked Michigan won the regional title with 70 points, followed by No. 19 Wisconsin at second with 73 and then came No. 22 Notre Dame with 74 points.
With the win, Michigan and Wisconsin earn automatic berths to the national title race on Nov. 23.
Michigan placed three runners in the top 10, led by Mason Ferlic who came in third.
The individual winner was Indiana State’s John Mascari who ran the race in 30:05.
EARLYSVILLE, Va. -- Eastern Kentucky won the NCAA Southeast Regional for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon at Panorama Farms.
EKU – ranked No. 17 in the country entering Friday's meet – will advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. for the third consecutive year.
The Colonels placed six runners in the top-21 to finish with 58 points and defeat Virginia (96 points) and North Carolina State (101 points).
Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi – last year's Southeast Region individual champion – led EKU on Friday, finishing third out of 239 runners and covering the 10K course in a time of 28:43.6.
Second-place Virginia will also advance to nationals to be held on Nov. 23.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Georgia edged a higher-seeded Florida at the South Regional championship on Friday by a mere one point. With the top-two finishes Georgia and Florida earned automatic bids to nationals on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
For the Bulldogs this will be the second consecutive trip to the national championship.
Georgia earned 72 points in the team race and Florida barely trailed with 73 points. Florida State took third with 101.
The individual winner of the event came from Florida. Mark Parrish placed first overall and was trailed by teammate, Jimmy Clark, who took second. Florida placed three runners in the top 10.
Georgia too placed three runners in the top 10. The Bulldogs were led by Lucas Baker who took fourth overall with a time of 29:53.46.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Villanova, ranked No. 20 nationally, took first at the Mid Atlantic Regional championship on Friday. Villanova was led by the overall champion, freshman Patrick Tiernan, who ran the course in a time of 29:37. Big East champion Tiernan was followed by teammate Sam McEntee who came in at 29:44.
Villanova placed four runners in the top 10 and scored 34 points for the win.
Fifteenth-ranked Princeton came in at second in the Mid Atlantic with 60 points. The Tigers were led by Tyler Udland who placed sixth overall.
Georgetown placed third in the race with 63 points. Senior Andrew Springer placed third overall with a time of 29:46. Georgetown was the defending Mid Atlantic Champion.
Villanova and Princeton earned automatic bids in to the NCAA national championship on Nov. 23.
BRONX, N.Y. -- Fourteenth-ranked Syracuse took the regional title on Friday as the team raced to a 57-point finish. The Orange edged No. 8 Columbia who finished with 78 points. With the one-two finish, Syracuse and Columbia will automatically advance to the national championship on Nov. 23.
Seventh-ranked Iona placed third overall with 81 points.
The Northeast individual winner came from Harvard with Makism Korolev coming in at 30:11.6.
Syracuse’s top runner took third. Martin Hehir ran the race in 30:18.5.
Note: There are nine regional championship sites, automatically qualifying 18 teams for nationals. Another 13 teams will be selected for at-large bids on Saturday by the NCAA selection committee.