Top racers punch their tickets
Several runners, teams earn NCAA tourney bids in Regionals
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Paced by Ruth Keino's individual victory No. 7 Alaska Anchorage successfully defended its title at the West Regional Championship on Saturday to earn an automatic bid to the national championships later this month.
UAA won its third consecutive West Region title. Staying undefeated on the season, the Seawolves had six of their seven runner named All-Regional performers.
The Seawolves scored 27 points to upset No. 5 Chico State, which finished a distant second with 66 points. UAA's team score was the lowest (best) since at the West Regionals since at least 1996. Also qualifying as a team were Great Northwest Athletic Conference members Western Washington (148) in third and Alaska Fairbanks (164) in fourth.
Keino became the first UAA woman to win a West Regional title, winning in 20 minutes, 51 seconds in the 6K race. Keino took a commanding lead early on and maintained the gap throughout the final miles for her sixth consecutive individual win this season and the third all-region honor of her career. She finished 27 seconds ahead of Humboldt State's Bridget Berg.
Junior Miriam Kipng’eno collected all-region honors with her second third-place showing at the regional meet. She crossed the finish line at 21:25. Sophomore Ivy O’Guinn finished fourth at 21:28, while senior Shoshana Keegan made the top 10 with a 7th-place result at 21:45.
Also scoring for UAA was another sophomore Susan Bick (22:01, 13th). Rookies Susan Tanui (22:09) and Bryn Haebe (22:26) were 15th and 28th, respectively.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- No. 9 Shippensburg won its fourth consecutive NCAA Atlantic Regional championship on Saturday morning from Cooper’s Lake Campground with a 58-point victory against No. 22 Lock Haven while senior Neely Spence won her fourth consecutive individual regional title and set a new course record, 20:43.
Six of the seven Raider runners were named All-Regional performers.
Spence erased 16 seconds from the course record originally established in the 2008 NCAA National Championship race where she finished second as a freshman.
Junior Katie Spratford once again finished second behind Spence and was 14 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor, Mansfield’s Brenae Edwards. It is Spratford's second consecutive all-region honor and her best performance to date at the Atlantic Region championships.
Senior Sarah Strayer stepped up with another great performance, running a 13th-place time of 23:01. Strayer finished one second ahead of the top runner from No. 10 Edinboro. She matched her place from a year ago in which she also achieved all-region honors.
Sophomore Patty Reis was just two places and four seconds behind Strayer with a 15th-place time of 23:05. It is also her first career all-region performance.
Freshman April Schlusser finished 19th in 23:17. She was the fastest freshman from the PSAC in the field and the second-fastest freshman overall.
Sophomore Emma Shank fought hard for a 23rd-place finish in 23:24 while senior Jamie McCollum rounded out the SU contingent with a time of 24:02 (43rd).
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- No. 2 Grand Valley State extended its regional championship streak to 11 on Saturday with a 29-point performance to claim the Midwest Regional Title.
Grand Valley State placed all five of its scored runners in the top 11 of the final results with a sixth runner placing12th as the Lakers dominated the field.
Leading the way was senior Rebecca Winchester who finished in third place overall with a time of 21:37.3, finishing 10 seconds behind the overall winner.
Winchester's third place finish started off a streak of four consecutive Lakers in the standings as GVSU placed its top four runners in the 3-4-5-6 positions of the final results.
Finishing fourth was GLIAC Freshman of the Year Rachel Clark with a time of 21:47.2. Stride-for-stride with her was senior Julia Nowak in fifth (21:47.6) and senior Jessie Vickers wasn't far behind, finishing sixth with a time of 21:58.3.
The final scored runner for the Lakers was freshman Callie Clark in 11th with a time of 22:21.4.
Junior Karie McDonald was just outside the scoring, finishing 12th with a time of 22:23.5. The final Laker in the field was freshman Jordan Chester with a solid 23rd place finish in a time of 22:57.8. All seven Laker runners finished in the top 25, meaning everyone was named as USTFCCCA All-Region honorees.
DENVER -- No. 1 Western State won its first Regional championship since 2006 and Lauren Kleppin remained undefeated this season at the Central Region Championships Saturday.
Kleppin became the first Mountaineer woman since 2006 to win the regional title, she won by a 29-second margin against Adams State's Alicia Nelson. Kleppin has won her five races this season by a combined 1 minute, 18.53 seconds, and led three other Mountaineers who finished in the top 10 overall.
Western State won by a 37-47 margin against Adams State, and was the only team to finish with all five scoring runners in the top 15. Sarah Lyle (fourth), Sophie McNeeley (eighth), Kristen Meadors (ninth) and Julianne Payton (15th) combined for the best Mountaineer team score at the regional championships since 2000.
Augustana (S.D.) finished third with 70 points, Mary was fourth with 77 points and Minnesota-Duluth finished fifth 214 points. The top five teams each earned the right to compete at the Nov. 19 NCAA DII National Championships in Spokane, Wash.
South Central Regional
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State claimed its first NCAA Division II South Central championship edging Pittsburg State on Saturday morning.
"This was one of the goals we set out early in the year," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "The girls were ready to go and you can't say enough about this great group of girls."
Senior Brissia Montalvo claimed a third-place finish with a 6K time of 21:49.30 as the Mustangs placed four runners in the Top 25 including freshman Ashley Flores (20th/22:36.00), Janel Campbell (21st/22:38.00) and Kim Krezonoski (25th/22:41.90).
The Mustangs will join Pittsburg State as teams advancing out of the region to the NCAA Division II Championships on Nov. 19 at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash.
MSU edged the Gorillas by a 102-118 count as PSU was led by Melissa Peden, who finished fifth with a time of 21:56.10.
Abilene Christian's Chloe Susset claimed the individual championship with a time of 21:37.90 and will join individuals Marlee Tegenkamp of Missouri Southern (21:45.60) and teammate Alyse Goldsmith, who finished fourth with a time of 21:50.70.
The top two finishing teams and top two individuals not associated with nationally qualifying teams or all top-five placing runners advanced to the national meet.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens (N.C.) had three runners in the top six helping them turn in a score of 39 for their second Southeast Regional Championship in a row. Montevallo took second with a score of 140 beating third place Mount Olive by five points.
Kate Griewisch of Lenoir-Rhyne was the individual winner for the third consecutive year clocking in at 20:38.3. Queens’ Kimone Hewitt was second with a time of 21:18.5, while Whitney Bishoff of Anderson crossed the finish line at 21:26.4 for third.
Rosa Young of Queens took fourth with a time of 21:37.2, while Andrea Guerra (22:13.1) ,Emilia Skolubowicz (22:28.4) and Mathilde Timboni (23:08.0) wrapped up the Royals’ win in sixth,11th and 18th places respectively while Holly Annas finished 27th.
Griewisch, Bishoff, and Chelsea Long of Mount Olive each earned an individual berth to compete in the national championship race.
Montevallo earned an NCAA Cross Country Championship team berth for their first time in its school history alongside the Royals.
DOVER, Fla. --Tampa earned a bid to nationals as the Spartans won the NCAA South Regional and the men placed Heather Nicolosi set a new course record with her first-place finish in the women’s 6K.
Tampa runners accounted for four of the first eight to cross the finish line as Nicolosi’s time of 21:43 was good for her second consecutive individual regional championship.
Jess Butler finished third overall, in a photo-finish with the second place runner as Butler finished with a time of 22:11. Kaia Hampton was fifth at a pace of 22:39 while Lindsay Edwards came in eighth with a time of 22:53. Kelly Hagan sealed the Spartan championship as she crossed 11th at 23:20.
Also part of head coach Jarrett Slaven’s championship team were Rose Bishop and Katie O’Brien, who finished 25th and 28th respectively with times just under the 24:00 plateau.
West Florida was the second team to advance to nationals, placing second overall in the women’s race.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.