2006 Central Regional Results: RecapsNovember 11, 2006

Women's Winner

It was a performance for the ages today in Northfield, MN. The Grinnell women's cross country team stole the show at the Central NCAA Qualifying meet at St. Olaf College today. They dominated the race with a team score of 48 points, to best Luther College (114), Nebraska Wesleyan(127), and St. Thomas ((143). Twenty-three teams participated in the meet in cold, but sunny conditions. Sarah Spencer, ('08, left)) and Sarah Brady ('07) again led the way for the Pioneers, finishing 2nd and 3rd overall. They were followed by Katie Ryan ('07) in 8th, Allison Louthan ('08) 11th, Becky Bessinger ('09) 24th and Meredith Groves ('07) 35th.

By virtue of these runners finishing in the top 35, all qualified to the All-Region team. Erin Sindewald ('08) finished the scoring for the Pioneers in 59th place. History was made as it was not only the first Grinnell women's cross country team to make it to the national meet, it was the first time a Midwest Conference team has qualified.

Coach Evelyn Freeman was ecstatic with the results: "Words can't describe how well our women ran...no, raced today. We are so pleased and excited and we are looking forward to running just as well at nationals. All seven of our runners ran their best races of the season thus far. It was an amazing team performance." Freeman received the Central Region Coach of the Year honor for her team's performance at the meet.

-Courtesy Grinnell

Men's Winner

The Hamline men's cross country team will make their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships after winning the NCAA Central Regional held Saturday in Northfield, Minn.

Even the eight inches of snow that fell in Northfield on Thursday night and Friday morning could not slow the Pipers down as four Pipers earned All-Region honors in the meet.

The Pipers totaled 76 places for first place. Luther College had 78 points to finish second. Wartburg was third with 101 points. All three teams advance to next Saturday's NCAA Championships held at Wilmington (Ohio) College.

Senior Travis Bristow, who won the MIAC individual championship two weeks ago, finished second overall to lead the Pipers. He completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:39.45 - a little more than two seconds off the pace of Nebraska Wesleyan's Chris Dunker.

He was challenged by teammate Brandon Gleason, who placed fourth with a time of 25:49.5. Senior Chris Yotter added a ninth place finish, crossing the finish line in 25:54.35.

Dan Steinbrecher was 21st in a time of 26:22.10 with Ian Bauer placing 40th (26:54.6).

The Pipers will look to improve on last year's seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships. Hamline returns eight of their top nine runners from last season's squad.

-Courtesy Hamline