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Regional Roundup: Michigan outruns top-10 opponents

Cross Country, Division I, Michigan

Great Lakes Regional

MADISON, Wis. -- Fourteenth-ranked Michigan won its third consecutive NCAA Great Lakes Regional title on Friday afternoon at Zimmer Championship Course.

Three Wolverines placed three in the in the top 10, Erin Finn (second), Shannon Osika (sixth) and Brook Handler (seventh).

Michigan finished ahead No. 9 Butler (67) and No. 6 Michigan State (73).

Ohio had the individual winner in Juli Accurso who finished the race in 20:00.

This is the first year both the women's and men's Michigan squads have both placed first at the regional.

Both Michigan and Butler earn automatic bids to the NCAAs on Nov. 23.

West Regional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Top-ranked Arizona continued its undefeated season and won the NCAA West Regional, automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Senior Elvin Kibet led the team; she took eighth place in the 6K with a time of 19:39.

The Wildcats won with 84 points. Stanford took second place with 94 points and automatically qualified for the NCAA championships as well. Oregon finished in third place with 120 points.

Northeast Regional

BRONX, N.Y. -- Second-ranked Providence claimed its second consecutive Northeast Regional championship on Friday. Providence outdistanced runner-up and No. 12 Dartmouth by 40 points in the race. Nevertheless, both Providence and Dartmouth earn a bid to the championship race next Saturday.

Dartmouth had the individual winner in Abbey D’Agostino who ran the race in 19:28.3.

Providence had three runners in the top 10, led by Big East champion Emily Sisson. Sisson finished in second place at a time of 19:59.

Tied-for-19th Syracuse placed third in the race.

South Central Regional

WACO, Texas  -- Third-ranked Arkansas claimed its fourth NCAA South Central Regional title in a row in overwhelming fashion as all seven Razorbacks finished in the top 20 of the race to qualify for the 2013 NCAA national championship.

The Razorbacks scored 33 points in the meet to earn the largest margin of victory in the NCAA South Central Regional en route to the programs 18th regional title. SMU and Texas tied with 116 points and SMU was awarded the second automatic bid to the national meet.

Sophomore Dominique Scott earned a second-place finish for the meet with a time of 20:04.6 to start the pack of Razorbacks across the finish line.

Mid-Atlantic Regional

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The entire Villanova lineup stepped up in a terrific manner and the Wildcats won both the team and individual titles at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday.

Senior stalwarts Emily Lipari and Nicky Akande crossed the finish line first and second in a dead heat and redshirt freshman Angel Piccirillo came in fourth overall.

The Wildcats and No. 4 Georgetown were separated by just four points. Villanova won the team title with 31 points and the Hoyas came in second with 35, while Penn State finished well back in third place (92 points). This is the fourth time in the past five years that the Wildcats have earned at least a share of the team title at the NCAA regional meet, while it will be six consecutive seasons that the team receives a bid to the NCAA championships.

South Regional

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Seminoles are headed back to the NCAA championship on the strength of their fourth consecutive South Region team title, romping past runner-up Vanderbilt 35-116. Junior Colleen Quigley used a tremendous closing kick to claim the third consecutive individual title for a Seminole, passing Florida's Cory McGee 50 meters from the finish line.

The fifth-ranked Seminoles will go hunting a sixth consecutive NCAA championship podium finish -- among the top four -- next Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. It will be the eighth consecutive appearance at the championship, which ranks as the sixth-longest active streak nationally.

FSU and Vanderbilt both advance.

Midwest Regional

AMES, Iowa -- Seventh-ranked Iowa State captured its fourth consecutive regional title on Friday at the Midwest Regional. The Cyclones placed five runners in the top 15 en route to scoring 39 team points.

Iowa State becomes the first team in Midwest Regional Championship history (since 1997) to win four consecutive titles.

The Cyclones were led again by sophomore Crystal Nelson. Nelson notched her fourth consecutive top-10 finish, winning the 6-kilometer race in 20:12.

Sixteenth-ranked Minnesota placed second overall with 59 points. With the win, Iowa State and Minnesota will advance to the national championship race.

Oklahoma State came in third with 192 points.

Mountain Regional

OGDEN, Utah -- Tenth-ranked Colorado earned an automatic bid to the NCAA national championship by winning the Mountain title on Saturday. The Buffs outdistanced their closest competitor by 35 points. New Mexico placed second overall with 64 team points. New Mexico will also head to Terre Haute on Nov. 23 for the NCAAs.

Colorado placed in the two-four-five-six positions. The Buffs were led by Shalaya Kipp, second overall, at 20:31.

New Mexico had the individual winner in Sammy Silva who ran the 6k race in 20:29.3.

BYU took third in the race with 109 team points.

Southeast Regional
Virginia won its fourth Southeast Region championship in the past six years on Friday.

The 11th-ranked Cavaliers, who entered the meet as the top-ranked team in the region, took the crown with 57 points. William & Mary was second with 69 points to also automatically qualify for the national meet.

NC State took third with 142 points.

Six Cavaliers took home all-region honors with top-25 finishes in the 6k women's race. Senior Barbara Strehler led her team and placed third in a time of 20:08.7.

William & Mary had the individual champion for the race. Sophomore Emily Stites came in first place overall with a time of 19:57.42.

Note: There are nine regional championship sites, automatically qualifying 18 teams for nationals. Another 13 teams will be selected for at-large bids on Saturday by the NCAA selection committee.

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