cross-country-women-d2 flag | November 8, 2013

South Central; it's going down

Women's Cross Country, Division II, South Central

South Central Regional Championships

Coming off a win at the RMAC championships, second-ranked Adams State will travel to Canyon, Texas on Saturday to compete in the South Central Regionals. Adams State will toe the line against No. 3 Western State, No. 6 Simon Fraser and No. 9 Colorado-Colorado Springs. The lineup will be the same as the RMAC championships.

Adams State was led by RMAC Runner of the Year Lauren Martin and held three of the top five spots with senior, Kelly Lamb finishing third and freshman, Maura O'Brien finishing in fifth to help the Grizzlies win first place with 37 points.

Western State will be looking to improve upon a second place finish at the RMAC championships.  Western finished a mere eight points behind Adams State. Currently ranked third in Division II by the USTFCCCA, the Western women will look to duplicate their success in 2011 when they won their last regional championship.

Metro State took third at the RMAC championships. Janelle Lincks broke the school record and had the best finish in history for a Metro State runner at the RMAC championships, placing second in 21:32.9.

Colorado-Colorado Springs came in at fourth in the RMACs behind Veronica Sandoval.

West Regional Championships

The undefeated and nationally ranked Alaska-Anchorage will head to Spokane, Wash., Saturday for the West Regional Championships as it looks to qualify for the NCAA championships two weeks later.

The Seawolves enter the championships looking to dethrone defending champion Chico State. UAA enters as the top-ranked West Region team and fourth in the country against No. 5 Chico State and No. 6 Simon Fraser. The Wildcats won last season after the Seawolves won three consecutive from 2009-11.

Individually, senior Susan Tanui – who won the GNAC title two weeks ago – is the returning individual West Region champion on the women’s side. UAA also returns All-West Region performers in seniors Ivy O’Guinn (13th) and Susan Bick (24th).

The Wildcats look to reclaim the West title, but they do realize it will be a difficult task with two other ranked teams on their heels.

The Wildcats return four All-West Regional performers to the race. Ayla Granados finished third in 2012, Sara Mikesell seventh, Jessica Varela 15th and Rebekah Bahra 16th.

After competing at the GNAC Championships on Oct. 26th, the Clan came away with a second place finish behind Alaska-Anchorage.

The West Regional competition will feature the toughest competition the Clan have seen all year, and at the end of the two races the top five female teams will qualify for the Division II NCAA championships.

Midwest Regional Championships

Grand Valley State is coming off its 13th win at the GLIAC Championships. At GLIAC, GVSU was led by Allyson Winchester, who finished first in the GLIAC Championship race in 2012, finished in second. Jessica Janecke was third (22:16.1), while Courtney Brewis came across in fifth (22:28.5).

Southern Indiana is racing for its second consecutive trip to the Division II national championships when it competes at the Midwest Championships on Saturday against Grand Valley State in Somers, Wis.

USI, which is ranked second in the region behind No. 1 GVSU, needs a top-four finish to advance to the national meet.

The Screaming Eagles won their third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title and fifth in the last six years two weeks ago and are looking for their second regional title and first since 1999, as well as their 10th trip to the national meet.

Senior Erika Wilson and junior Augusta Schrader lead the Eagles into Saturday's meet following strong efforts at the GLVC Championships.

Central Regional Championships

Minnesota-Duluth earned the NSIC crown two weeks ago and did so by dethroning Augustana (S.D.).

This Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to back to the site of their victory, Sioux Falls, S.D., for the Central Regional Championships.

The Bulldogs placed five runners among the top 24 individual finishers at Yanton Trails Park.

Freshman Samantha Rivard (a 6K time of 21:22.54) and sophomore Hannah Olson (21:32.74) placed third and fourth out of 124 runners while junior Alexandra Rudin (21:42.21) and freshman Breanna Colbenson (21:57.27) took seventh and 10th.

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