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Regional Roundup

Cross Country, Division II, Mens, Regionals

South Central Regional Championships

CANYON, Texas -- Top-ranked Western State and No. 2 Adams State battled until the very end in the South Central race on Saturday. In the end, only seven points separated the two teams.

Adams State came away victorious with 31 points. Western State placed second with 38, No. 5 Colorado Mines took third with 89 points and No. 10 West Texas A&M came in fifth behind No. 18 Metro State.

After winning the 2013 RMAC championship, Vegard Olstad duplicated his success and added a South Central Regional championship to his resume. Olstad finished with a time of 29:57.  Following Olstad, the Adams State men went 2-3-4. Leadung the way for Adams State was Jovanny Godinez with a time of 30:17.81.

Despite losing at Regionals, Western State has a chance to repeat 2011's success at the NCAA Division II national championships. In 2011, Western won the RMAC championships, finished second at the regional championships and ended by winning the national championship in Spokane, Wash. This year, the championships are back in Spokane.

The top-six teams from Saturday's race will travel to Spokane on Nov. 23. Meaning, No. 2 Adams State, No. 1 Western State, No. 5 Colorado Mines, No. 18 Metro State, No. 10 West Texas A&M and No. 17 New Mexico Highlands will compete at nationals.

Midwest Regional Championships

SOMERS, Wis. -- Grand Valley State came away with a regional championship at the 2013 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course. For the Lakers, it was the 12th consecutive regional crown.

The Lakers, who entered the meet ranked third in the country in the USTFCCCA rankings, had a hard-fought race with 10th-ranked Southern Indiana. GVSU's 53 points was enough to take home the crown ahead of USI's 64 points.

GVSU claimed its 12th regional title behind the strength of Alan Peterson, who finished second on the 10k course in a time of 31:20. Just behind him was GLIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year Brent Showerman, who was in fifth with a time of 31:24.

Winning the individual title was Southern Indiana's Johnnie Guy with a time of 31:06.

Joining GVSU and USI at the 2013 NCAA Division II national championships will be No. 20 Cedarville (114 points) and Ferris State (148 points) by virtue of finishing in the top four.

West Regional Championships

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Chico State - the defending champions - won the 10K race with 33 points. Ninth-ranked Alaska-Anchorage finished as runner-up with 81 points. Cal Poly Pomona, No. 21,  finished third with 90 points, No. 16 Western Washington was fourth at 102 and Cal Baptist was fifth at 150.

Chico State went 1-2-3 in the race and placed another runner in sixth place. Leading the way for the Wildcats and the Western individual champion was Isaac Chavez with a time of 30:55.9.

Leading UAA were freshman Victor Samoei and junior Dylan Anthony, each placing in the top 10. Samoei collected his first career all-region honor, finishing fifth at 31:49.0, while Anthony furnished his second with a ninth-place showing at 32:14.4.

The top five teams qualified for the NCAA championship.

Central Regional Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Sixth-ranked Augustana (S.D.) won the Central Region title at home on Saturday.

The top-five teams will advance to the NCAA national championships this includes No. 6 Augustana (S.D.) with 37 points, No. 11 Central Missouri (115), No. 13 Missouri Southern (116), Nebraska-Kearney (137) and No. 23 Sioux Falls (146).

Paul Yak won the individual title for Augustana with a time of 31:13.99.

Atlantic Regional Championships

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- The top-three teams will head to the naional championships and those teams will be Atlantic Regional champion and eighth-ranked Lock Haven, No. 14 Edinboro and No. 19 Shippensburg.

Lock Haven was led by individual champion Alex Monroe with a time of 29:31.3.

South Regional Championships

TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida Southern gets to keep its season going another couple of weeks as the Moccasins placed its five scoring runners in the Top 20 on Saturday morning en route to taking home the championship trophy at the NCAA Division II South Regional championships at the Dover Syndey Trails and advancing to the 2013 NCAA Division II national championships.

Tthe Mocs scored 65 points as its five scoring runners all finished in the Top 20, including three runners placing in the Top 13 to outpace both Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and Saint Leo, who finished second and third respectively. URP-Rio Piedras had three runners finish in the Top 10, including the top two runners overall, to score 71 points, while SSC runner-up Saint Leo had three runners finish in the Top 10 and scored 73 points.

Leading the way for the Mocs was senior Chris Yanichko as he ran a time of 32:59.90 on the 10K course to finish sixth overall.

FSC, Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and Saint Leo all earn a spot in the national championship meet from the South Regional.

Southeast Regional Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dylan Lafond finished first out of 187 runners and nationally No. 12 Mount Olive claimed its first regional cross country title in 12 years as the Trojans won the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Southeast Regional on Saturday. The win advances the Trojans to the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Championship for the third consecutive year.

King came in second and GRU Augusta placed third in the race.

East Regional Championships

BOSTON -- Stonehill took first place at the East Regionals on Sunday. Stonehill won with a score of 78 points. Stonehill was joined in the top three by Franklin Pierce with 97 points and Wilmington (Del.) with 100 points.

The individual champion of the race was Mike Biwott of American International.





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