CANTON, N.Y. -- No. 11 St. Lawrence won its third consecutive NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon on the Ronald C. Hoffman Cross Country course in Canton, NY.

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The Saints join runner-up Geneseo State as the automatic qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Championship race, which will be held next Saturday, November 19 in Winneconne, WI.  The Scarlet and Brown, which won with 77 points followed by the Blue Knights' 91 point total, were led by seniors Jenna Hulton and McKayla Nuffer, who each earned top-10 showings in the race.

"The ladies ran an outstanding race today and continued to accomplish our team goals," said St. Lawrence head women's cross country coach Mike Howard. "Jenna and McKayla showed great poise and leadership today and we're excited for the chance to compete next weekend."

Hulton's time of 22:08 was good for fourth place overall in the individual standings behind champion Stefanie Braun of Plattsburgh State (21:52) and Rowan's Jena Peacock and Vanessa Wright.

Nuffer's 10th place finish overall is her career best in the regional championship, as she propelled St. Lawrence to the team title with a time of 22:26. Junior Jackie Lemme, first-year student Megan Hulton and sophomore Amy Cymerman each earned All-Region honors while rounding out the team scoring. Lemme was 13th overall followed by Hulton in 15th position and Cymerman in 35th.

First-year student Anne Martino (44th) and sophomore Caroline Raue (46th) also represented St. Lawrence in the regional race on Saturday.

Central Regional
WAVERLY, Iowa -- Wartburg won the 2011 Central Regional Championships this morning, with its 63 points. This marks the first team title at regionals in program history.

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With the win, the Knights automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships next weekend.

“We do a lot of hard training so they are used to running hard,” head coach Steve Johnson said. “They have been training great and we will keep doing the same thing in preparation for next weekend. The team is excited and ready to go.”

Freshman Alana Enabnit in her second competition of the year was the team’s top finisher as she placed second with her time of 21:56.4.

“I was very excited to run the race today,” said Enabnit. “I had two injuries know me out for a couple weeks. This was a great win for Wartburg.”

Senior Emily Eimers was eighth (22:20.7) and classmate Laura Sigmund (Stanhope) took 13th (22:34.2).

 

Minnesota-Morris' Linda Keller won the individual championship with a time of 21:44.6.

Great Lakes Regional
OBERLIN, Ohio -- Calvin captured its fifth consecutive regional chamipionship including its 15th in the last 19 years.  Calvin recorded a team score of 69 points to finish ahead of three nationally-ranked teams as No. 17 Ohio Northern was second (96 points), No. 13 Hope third (99 points) and No.18 Oberlin fourth (103 points).

Senior Jodi Hoekstra made a strong bid for the regional individual title before finishing second in a time of 21:33, just six seconds behind Allison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern. Calvin placed four runners in the top 12 as junior Alyssa Penning was eighth (21:58), senior Kaitlin Diemer 10th (22:02) and sophomore Alyssa Oram 12th (22:12) with just 14 seconds separating Calvin’s second, third and fourth finishers.

“We had a terrific performance,” Calvin head cross country Brian Diemer said. “I am extremely proud of the way our runners stepped up, shook off some adversity from a few weeks ago and supported one another. Our pack up front was very impressive today and Jodi Hoekstra ran a fabulous race. We are excited about the national meet next week and hope to continue to build on this positive momentum.”

By finishing in the top 35, Hoekstra, Penning, Diemer and Oram were all named to the Great Lakes All-Region team.

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.

MidEast Regional
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins finished first at the NCAA MidEast Regional championship behind a sixth place finish from freshman Hannah Eckstein. The Blue Jays have won four-consecutive NCAA Regional Championships and earned the automatic berth to the NCAA National Championship.

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Race started with a split start of 58 teams merging at the 450-meter mark. The start was a long gradual uphill that the Hopkins runners used to get in position steadily climbing towards the back fields loop while staying in control and comfortable. Holly Clarke and Hannah Eckstein quickly emerged as leaders alongside eight other girls as the pack of 10 ran together through the vast majority of the race. Ashley Murphy stayed close behind in the chase pack of five to six girls running about 15-20-meters behind the lead pack. Liz Provost, Lara Shegoski and Lindsey Sanborn all fed off one another well in the first half of the race all in the top 25 overall while Frances Loeb gradually moved up into the top 45.

The second mile was a long downhill back towards the start line as this opened up the race with the lead back separating from the rest of the field. Clarke and Eckstein continued to stay right on the leaders, while Sanborn and Provost were able to team up with Shegoski as they entered the wood towards the last mile.


Competing against several All-Americans, Eckstein and Clarke took sixth and eighth overall while Ashley Murphy used a tremendous last half mile to outkick several girls to finish in the top 10.

Competing against several All-Americans, Eckstein and Clarke took sixth and eighth overall while Ashley Murphy used a tremendous last half mile to outkick several girls to finish in the top 10.

Provost and Shegoski held on strong to keep their positions in the top 30, with Lindsey Sanborn having a tremendous finishing kick to earn the last All-Region spot in 35th place. Loeb rounded out the scoring in 47th place earning All-Freshman honors alongside the other three Hopkins freshman harriers.

Eckstein finished with a time of 22:43 while Clarke was close behind at 22:46. Murphy crossed the line at 23:13 and Provost finished at 23:53. Shehoski took 31st place with a time 23:58. Sanborn finished at 24:03 and Loeb rounded out the scoring runners for Hopkins with a time of 24:46.

Dickinson's Taylor Ludman won the individual title with a time of 22:33.

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Midwest Regional
ROCK ISLAND, Ill., -- No. 2 ranked Washington-St. Louis women’s won the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional,  held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill.

The Bears scored 24 points to win the regional championship by 91 points against runner-up and No. 7 Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“Overall it was a textbook day,” head coach Jeff Stiles said . “Both teams executed perfectly. It was humbling as a coach because all of our runners did everything we asked of them and more. Our goal going in for the women was to have seven in the top 35, so to have our seventh runner finish 19th was fantastic.”

 

All seven runners for the Washington U. women finished in the top-20 of the 264-runner race, including five in the top 10. Seniors Erica Jackey and Elizabeth Phillips both completed the 6K course in 21:53.8 to finish second and third overall. Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Christy Cazzola won the individual race in a time of 21:31.1. Freshman Lucy Cheadle finished 1.6 seconds behind Jackey and Phillips to place fifth.

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New England Regional
No. 3 Middlebury won the 53-team regional, topping NESCAC Champion and top-ranked Williams by five points. It is the fourth sonsecutive New England women's team title for the Panthers.

The Panther women won the title by placing three runners in the top 10 of a 353-woman race. Senior Margo Cramer finished the race fourth overall in 21:12, just four seconds ahead of junior Addie Tousley, who placed fifth. Also earning a top 10 finish was senior Chelsea Ward-Waller, who came in eighth place in 21:31. Finishing in 17th place was sophomore Emily Singer in 21:52, followed by senior Hannah Meier in 21st (22:00). Senior Claire McIlvennie just missed earning team points in the race, finishing 22nd in 22:01, one second behind Meier.

The top two teams both received automatic team bids to next Saturday's NCAA Championships.


South/Southeast Regional
 No. 22 Emory captured first place out of 30 squads at the 2011 NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday and in the process earned an automatic berth to next Saturday's NCAA D-III Championships. 

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Emory easily topped the field with 45 points, well ahead of runner-up Rhodes College's effort of 86 points. Centre (92 pts.) and Trinity (102 pts.) were third and fourth, respectively, while Christopher Newport rounded out the top five with 179 points.

Emory saw its top-five runners finish among the top 15 overall, spearheaded by senior Tess Gallegos who placed second in the 197-runner field with a 6k time of 22:15, second only to Sophia Stone of Mary Baldwin who crossed the finish line first with an effort of 22:10.  Freshman Stephanie Crane turned in a memorable showing in her first Regional Championship with a mark of 23:09, good for eighth place. 

Senior Sara Gelb (23:11) was right behind Crane in the ninth spot while junior Melanie Frank claimed 11th place with a time of 23:15.  Senior Sabrina Jeppson closed out the squad's scorers with a 15th-place performance after clocking a 23:24. 

All of the Emory scorers earned all-region honors as did freshman Tamara Surtees who checked in with a 23rd-place effort (24:06).

 

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West Regional
No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished first at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday and won its second consecutive title. The Athena scored 39 points to win the title by the largest margin in region history, 92 points against Willamette University.

The Athenas dominated the race from the starting gun.  They had six runners in the top 15 for the entire race and finished with all six in the top 13 overall.  Breanna Deutsch led the team with a third place finish and a personal best time of 21:37. 

Sara Mostatabi was the first freshman finisher in the race as she placed seventh with a personal best of 21:51.  Allison Barnwell and Laura Sauvage were the top two sophomores as they finished eighth and 10th respectively.  Barnwell ran a personal best of 21:53 while Sauvage ran her second best time of 22:00. 

Seniors Jennifer Tavé and Julia Rigby finished 11th and 13th respectively in 22:07 and 22:09 [PB].  All six runners earned All-Region honors for finishing in the top 35.  Marnie Hogue ran in the top 25 for much of the race, but battled dehydration for the final kilometer and finished 56th.

Pomona Pitzer's Annie Lydens won the individual championship with a time of 21:26.11.


Game Information and Photos compiled from various athletics websites.