Top squads clinch tourney bids
Top two in Mountain and Northeast regionals tie for title
TOLEDO, Ohio -- No. 15 Michigan captured the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional title behind individual champion, fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro, on Saturday at Toledo's Ottawa Park Golf Course.
U-M secured the first, second, fifth, eighth and 29th spots individually to tally 45 points. The Wolverines were 32 points ahead of runner-up Michigan State, which topped U-M two weeks ago at the Big Ten Championships. The win secured the Maize and Blue an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
Tauro and junior Rebecca Addison remained in the lead pack throughout the duration of the race, finishing one-two in times of 20:27.9 and 20:34.8, respectively.
The two paired up early in the race and led the pack along with Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort and Michigan State's Sara Kroll. In the last 500 meters, Tauro pulled away from the back and Addison fought off Comfort and Kroll to cross the finish line back to back.
Junior Jillian Smith and sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue also teamed up early in the race and stayed tight through 5,000 meters. Smith made a move down the stretch to take fifth in a personal-best 6k time of 20:39.8, while Pogue made a final push in the last 10 meters to jump ahead of Michigan State's Julia Otwell, finishing eighth in 20:44.3.
Tauro, Addison, Smith and Pogue each earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for finishing in the top 25.
In her Great Lakes Regional debut, freshman Brook Handler was Michigan's fifth scorer, placing 29th in a personal-best 6,000-meter time of 21:22.9.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-- Senior Sheila Reid is the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region individual champion for the third consecutive season and Villanova earned a share of the team title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon on the UMES Cross Country Course at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region meet.
Reid and senior Bogdana Mimic finished first and third, respectively, and the Wildcats finished with a team score of 57 points to tie Georgetown for first place in the region. The top four runners for Villanova all finished in the top 16 overall to ensure the team's berth in the national championships meet later this month.
Sophomore Nicky Akande finished in 10th place and classmate Emily Lipari was 16th. The top four runners each received All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for their performances.
The identical scores of 57 points for the Wildcats and the Hoyas put them just ahead of another Big East foe, West Virginia, who was third in the team standings with 64 points. Penn State (90) and Princeton (124) rounded out the top five teams.
Freshman Courtney Chapman was the fifth runner for Villanova and finished in 28th place, while senior Callie Hogan came in 40th and junior Ariann Neutts was 138th.
While the team scores were remarkably close the individual finishing times were a little higher than expected due to a re-route halfway through the race. Each of the 199 runners in the field ran 500 meters longer than the original 6,000 meter course would have entailed.
Reid crossed the finish line with a time of 21:32.7 and finished ahead of Emily Infeld of the Hoyas (21:34.0), while Mimic had a time of 21:36.8.
DEKALB, Ill. -- Iowa State defended its NCAA Midwest Regional title Saturday, winning the team title for the second consecutive year. With the win, the Cyclones automatically qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
With four of their top-five runners finishing in the top 10, the Cyclones won the team title comfortably with 64 team points. Oklahoma State finished second with 119 points.
Iowa State's women were led by junior Betsy Saina, who was the race's runner-up for the second straight year. Following closely were teammates Meaghan Nelson finishing fourth, Dani Stack finishing seventh and Morgan Casey taking 10th. Rounding out the Cyclone women's top-five finishers was India Lee who crossed the finish line 41st in the 6,000-meter race. Saina, Nelson, Stack and Casey all earned All-Region honors.
Grand Valley State finished with 20 team points, only five points shy of a perfect score. Sixth-ranked Southern Indiana was in second with 75 points while No. 24 Ashland captured the final bid to the NCAA Championships with a third place finish and 88 points.
The top two finishers not on one of the three qualifying teams also earned individual berths to the national meet in two weeks. Those spots went to sixth-place finisher Evan Lewandowski of Wisconsin-Parkside and 10th-place finisher Jordan Parayil of Bellarmine.
Aliphine Tuliamuk won the individual championship with a time of 20:40.68.
PROVO, Utah -- No. 3 Colorado tied for first at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon.
"The goal of this meet is always to get through to nationals and the second goal is to get through in the top two spots," coach Mark Wetmore said. "We got what we needed today and we are ready to get back to work."
The women recorded 84 points to tie with No. 19 New Mexico in the 6-kilometer race at East Bay Golf Course. This is the 11th time in school history that the Buffs have won the women's title as well as the fifth time in the last 10 years.
For the fourth time this season, the women were led by Shalaya Kipp. She was fourth overall, crossing the finish line in 20 minutes, 59.7 seconds. Kipp was 24.5 seconds behind the winner, UTEP's Risper Kimaiyo, who finished in 20:35.2.
Emma Coburn had a great race for the Buffs and placed fifth overall. She clocked a time of 21:00.00, just behind Kipp. The pair was able to hold off UNM's top runner, Ruth Senior, who placed seventh overall (21:05.8). If she had placed any higher the Lobos would have won the meet.
"Shalaya and Emma both looked good and looked to have another gear if they needed it," Wetmore said. "I'm sure they will be ready to run in nine days and do what we need them to do again to be successful."
The women also had a strong showing from Camille Logan who earned a 19th-place finish (21:36.0). Katie Cumming came in fourth for CU, 27th overall (21:51.8) and Lara Darco rounded out the team score with a 29th-place finish (21:59.2).
For the third consecutive season, Syracuse finished in first place at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. The Orange secured an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, which will be held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Lauren Penney was their top runner, finishing second overall.
"This is a great day for our program," head coach Chris Fox said. "It was an unexpected win on both sides but it is what we wanted. The kids came up big."
Penney, Sarah Pagano and Shaylyn Tuite garnered All-Regional honors for the Orange
Penney’s time of 20:39.10 paced an Orange team that defeated Boston College by 11 points. Cornell, Columbia and Providence rounded out the top-five team finishes for the women’s 6k race. Pagano finished in eighth place overall with a time of 21:02.40 while Tuite crossed the finish line in 27th place at 21:28.80.
Heather Stephens ran closely behind Tuite, finishing in 31st with a time of 21:35.40 and Rebekah MacKay rounded out the Syracuse scorers in 48th place (21:57.50). Also competing for the SU women were Natalie Busby (54th; 22:05.50) and Jessie Petersen (87th; 22:43.10).
Abbey D'Agostino won the individual championship with a time of 20:25.3.
Karen Harvey's Florida State women, ranked No. 1 in the country, spent the better part of their 6-kilometer race running as a pack, about 10 seconds off the lead pace set by three Florida runners. Assured of no worse than an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship entering the race, the Seminoles were able to bide their time to the end.
That's when the trio of Amanda Winslow, Hannah Brooks and Violah Lagat authored a thunderous kick, overwhelming the Florida trio with 300 meters remaining, en route to a 1-2-3 sweep. The Seminoles placed all seven runners in the top 20, running away with a second consecutive NCAA South Region title.
Winslow, FSU's junior co-captain, captured her first individual victory of the season in 20:33.4, followed by Brooks (20:34.1) and Lagat (20:35.0).
"We treated it like heats in a track race," Winslow said. "You just had to get through the race, qualify and stay healthy. We knew the plan was to pound it in the last mile and that's what we did. It was really awesome to be surrounded by my teammates throughout the whole race. We all kept pushing each other during the entire race."
The 1-2-3 sweep was a first for the Seminole women at the NCAA Regional and a clear message that Harvey's team is poised to make its strongest run yet at the school's first NCAA Championship.
Freshman Colleen Quigley was 13th overall (20:55.3), chased by teammates Kayleigh Tyerman (16th, 20:57.8) and Aubree Worden (17th, 21:05.2). Jessica Parry was 20th (21:18.1).
Florida State's depth - all seven Seminoles earned All-Region honors - provided the decisive edge as they rolled past runner-up and fourth-ranked Vanderbilt 34-54, with Florida fading to third with 62 points.
South Central Regional
WACO, Texas -- No. 17 Arkansas won the 2011 NCAA South Central Regional meet Saturday at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, Texas. The Razorbacks were paced by senior Kristen Gillespie who ran to a third-place individual finish. With their victory, the Razorbacks clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.
"It's always nice to win," head coach Lance Harter said. "It was really nice to see the kids follow the race plan and beat a very competitive field. The University of Texas is a very good team. After getting second at the conference meet, it was nice to come back and grab the win for some momentum going into nationals. Now it's a matter of staying healthy and confident because I think this group can surprise some people."
Arkansas now has 16 regional team titles to its credit and its first South Central crown since the 2008 season. By advancing to the national meet, the Razorbacks will be making their 24th appearance at the NCAA Championship.
Gillespie earned a bronze finish by posting a 6K time of 20:29.3. The Razorbacks' next three runners all crossed together, led by a ninth-place finish from Kaitlin Flattmann and her time of 21:03.1. Jillian Rosen and Dominique Scott placed 10th and 11th, respectively. Rosen posted a time of 21:06.6 while Scott followed in a time of 21:09.7.
The Razorbacks' top-five scoring lineup was rounded out by Stephanie Brown who turned in a time of 21:26, good for 16th place overall. Arkansas' remaining runners were Jessica Jackson in 17th place at 21:28 and Keri Wood in 29th place in 21:55.4
Six of Arkansas' seven entrants received All-South Central Region accolades Saturday. Gillespie, Flattmann, Rosen, Scott, Brown and Jackson were all recognized for their respective performances. Silje Fjortoft of SMU won the individual title and Texas, the race runner-up, secured the other automatic team bid.
No. 21 Virginia won its second consecutive NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, and third in four years, Saturday morning at Louisville's E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The Cavaliers finished with 107 points, defeating ACC rivals NC State and North Carolina, who finished second and third with 113 and 133 points, respectively.
With the win, the Cavalier women earn an automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships for the fourth-straight year. This will mark Virginia's sixth trip to NCAAs in the past seven years and 12th appearance overall.
“We are very proud of the way the team competed today,” UAA head coach Michael Friess said. “There was tough competition and we are just excited to make the top four and move on to nationals.”
"Our women were phenomenal today," director of track and field/cross country Jason Vigilante said. "Coming here to Louisville, we knew we would be competing for our third regional title in four years. This was a special opportunity and our women were well prepared and got the win. It was a team effort and the fourth-years stepped up and led the day. I am so proud of this team and the effort they gave, on to Terre Haute!"
Senior Morgane Gay led the Cavalier women across the line and earned All-Southeast Region honors with a third-place finish in a 6K time of 20:17.0. Gay becomes the third ‘Hoo to earn four all-region awards throughout her career, joining Stephanie Garcia (2007-10) and Emily Harrison (2004-07).
Junior Alfred Kangogo finished in fourth place with a time of 30:52, while senior Yonatan Yilma checked in 8th with a 31:12 mark. Freshmen Issac Kangogo (31:22) and Dylan Anthony (31:26) rounded out the scoring for UAA by finishing in 11th and 13th places, respectively.
North Carolina's Kendra Schaff won the individual championship with a time of 19:52.9.
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 6 Washington cruised to another NCAA West Regional championship today at the Stanford Golf Course, the fourth consecutive Regional title for the Dawgs. The Huskies distanced themselves from the other thirty teams in the field, including five ranked teams, to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21.
Washington placed all five of its scoring runners in the top-14 in a field of more than 200, to win with a very impressive 50 points. 16th-ranked Arizona was second with 98 points, then No. 8 Stanford was third with 111. The 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks were fourth with 120, followed by 26th-ranked Cal in fifth with 141.
With the Huskies well on their way to the team win, Head Coach Greg Metcalf had sophomore Pac-12 Champ Katie Flood let the leaders go, saving as much energy as possible for Nationals. Flood coasted across the line in fifth-place, in a time of 20-minutes, 14-seconds. Right behind her was sophomore Megan Goethals, who had her best run at Pac-12s and improved upon that again today, finishing eighth in 20:17.
Junior Lindsay Flanagan bounced back in a big way from an off-day two weeks ago, as she had a career-best 10th-place finish as the third Husky finisher. Sophomore Justine Johnson had her second-straight top-15 Regional run, placing 13th in 20:38. And senior Christine Babcock was a step behind Johnson top cap UW's scoring with a 14th-place finish in 20:39. Freshman Eleanor Fulton had a strong first Regional run, placing 31st, and Chelsea Orr placed 73rd.
"We ran well. One to five we were twenty-five seconds. Katie Flood was in control and we told her early on to let the leaders go and the team was running great behind her and it wasn't about going after the win today," said Metcalf. "I thought that was the best run of the year for Justine, Christine, Lindsay, and Megan, and a real solid run from Katie. It was a really good day and I think they walk out of here excited and with some momentum."
Oregon's Jordan Hassay won the individual race with a time of 19:44.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.