WEEKEND RECAP: NCAA DII Conference Championships Weekend

NCAA Division II Cross Country Conference Weekend did not disappoint.

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There was some great racing across the country as we saw teams battle it out, with many either defending their titles or knocking off the defending champs.

2019 RMAC Cross Country Championships

Men’s Scores

Women’s Scores

#1 Colorado School of Mines – 28 points
#1 Adams State – 21 points
#2 Adams State – 73 points
#3 Colorado School of Mines – 60 points
#5 Western Colorado – 76 points
#6 Western Colorado – 88 points
#16 UC-Colorado Springs – 102 points
#15 UC-Colorado Springs – 122 points
MSU Denver – 164 points
CSU-Pueblo – 163 points

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The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships did not disappoint, and gave us a clear picture of what we could continue to see throughout the postseason.

A new conference champion was crowned on the men’s side. With runners finishing 1-5-6-7-9, No. 1 Colorado School of Mines ran away from the rest of the field to win the RMAC Cross Country Championships for the third time in program history. The Orediggers defeated No. 2 Adams State, the 2018 champions, 28-73 for a 45 point victory. No. 5 Western Colorado placed third with 76 points.

Sophomore Dylan Ko of Mines, crossed the line in 23:20.9 to win his first individual conference title by a nine second margin over junior Taylor Stack of Western Colorado –  the top returner after placing fourth a year ago. Ko placed 21st at the 2018 RMAC Championships.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Adams State turned in another dominating effort in claiming its eighth-straight RMAC title. The Grizzlies beat No. 3 Colorado School of Mines 21-60, with No. 6 Western Colorado coming in third with 66 points.

The Grizzlies went 1-2-3-7-8 en route to their title, led by sophomore Stephanie Cotter won her first RMAC title in 19:40.3. Eilish Flanagan and Roisin Flanagan finished in second and third, respectively, in 19:54.0 and 20:09.0.

2019 CCAA Cross Country Championships

Men’s Scores

Women’s Scores

#3 Chico State – 33 points
#5 Chico State – 23 points
#20 Cal State San Marcos – 72 points
#12 Cal State East Bay – 81 points
#19 UC San Diego – 80 points
#20 Cal Poly Pomona – 101 points
#22 Cal Poly Pomona – 86 points
#17 UC San Diego – 111 points
RV Cal State Stanislaus – 119 points
#23 Cal State Stanislaus – 119 points

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Chico State has continued to keep a strong hold on the the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Wildcat men, ranked no. 3 in NCAA DII, earned their 18th consecutive CCAA title with 33 points. No. 20 Cal State San Marcos was second with 72 points, while No. 19 UC San Diego was third with 80 points.

Sophomore Trad Berti placed second overall to lead the Wildcats to a team title, with the rest of their scoring contingent placing 5-6-9-11. Senior Josh Litwiller of Cal State San Marcos was the individual CCAA champion in 24:40.3.

On the women’s side, No. 5 Chico State earned its 12th straight conference title with freshman Destiny Everett taking home the individual crown in 22:02.6. The Wildcats scored 23 points and placed their entire top-5 within the top-10, with their remaining runners going 3-4-5-10.No. 12 Cal State East Bay scored 81 points and No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona scored 101 to finish second and third, respectively, in the team standings.

2019 GLIAC Cross Country Championships

Men’s Scores

Women’s Scores

#4 Grand Valley State – 44 points
#2 Grand Valley State – 17 points
#10 Michigan Tech – 57 points
#19 Saginaw Valley – 89 points
#24 Saginaw Valley – 61 points
#21 Michigan Tech – 92 points
#25 Wayne State (Mich.) – 113 points
RV Wayne State (Mich.) – 109 points
Parkside – 154 points
Northern Michigan – 123 points

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The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles remain in Allendale, Michigan for another year, as Grand Valley State added two more conference championships to its resume.

The men’s race was the closest it’s been in recent years, as No. 4 Grand Valley State pulled off a 44-57 victory over No. 10 Michigan Tech en route to their 18th straight GLIAC crown. The Lakers boasted the individual champion in sophomore Tanner Chada, winning his first conference title in 23:55.7 for a 15.5 second victory over sophomore CarLee Stimpfel of No. 24 Saginaw Valley.

The Huskies held a 18-19 advantage through three runners, going 4-5-9 over the Laker’s 1-7-11 runners, but got some support from their fourth and fifth runners finishing in 12th and 13th to seal the victory.

The women, ranked No. 2 in NCAA DII, stormed to their 19 consecutive GLIAC title. The Lakers scored 17 points and went an impressive 1-2-3-4-7. Senior Allie Ludge claimed her first individual GLIAC title in cross country in 21:23.6, followed by senior Hanna Groeber, freshman Klaudia O’Malley, junior Madison Goen, and senior Jessica Gockley to round out the scoring Lakers.

Other Meets Of Interest

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

The U-Mary women, ranked No. 9 in NCAA DII, won its fourth straight NSIC Championship. The Marauders placed five runners in the top-7. No. 4 Augustana (S.D.) placed second in the team standings with 37 points.

Two-time National Athlete of the Week, senior Ida Narbuvoll, posted a dominating win in 20:55.94 for a 1:25 victory over freshman teammate and NSIC runner-up Kayla Ogle.

On the men’s side, No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) took home the team title. MSU-Moorhead placed second in the team standings with 67 points, while No. 15 Sioux Falls finished third with 92 points. The Vikings were led by individual champion, senior Aaron Runge, who navigated the 8K course in 25:03.98.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

A snowy day in Billings, Montana didn’t stop Western Washington from bring home two GNAC Championships.

The women’s race featured three of the top ranked teams in NCAA DII and every point mattered, as there was only an 11 point difference between first and third. No. 14 Western Washington won the GNAC Championships for the first time in program history with 53 points. The Vikings defeated No. 16 Alaska Anchorage and No. 7 Seattle Pacific, who placed second and third with 60 and 64 points, respectively.

Emmanuelah Chelimo, a senior from Alaska Anchorage, defended her title and won her second GNAC Championship in 21:31.9.

Two GNAC Championships are better than one, and the Western Washington men claimed their fifth title in school history. The Vikings ended a title drought, winning their first conference championship since 2009. This is the first year in GNAC history that a school other than UAA has swept the team titles.

Great Midwest Athletic Conference

The women’s race came down to three points going in Hillsdale’s favor. The Chargers topped No. 13 Walsh 43-46 as they reclaimed the GMAC title. Sophomore Mackenna Curtis-Collins of No. 23 Malone was the individual champion in 20:47.8.

In the men’s race, No. 23 Walsh defended its title with a 35-46 victory over Hillsdale.

OTHER NOTABLE WINS: Queens (N.C.) swept the South Atlantic Conference titles. The No. 18 men claimed their third-consecutive conference title, while the women (RV) earned their fourth…Edinboro swept the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on Friday, with the men defending their conference title and the women winning their fourth title in the last six years…The men’s race at the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Conference Championships saw No. 6 Missouri Southern defend their title against No. 12 Northwest Missouri, 35-56, behind sophomore Gidieon Kimutai’s second MIAA Championship…The men from Mount Olive (No. 14) scored a perfect 15 en route to winning their eighth straight Conference Carolinas title…Southern Indiana swept the Great Lakes Valley Conference titles. The men, ranked No. 8 in the National Coaches’ Poll, beat out Illinois-Springfield (RV) 47-53, while the No. 22 ranked women defeated No. 11 Southwest Baptist 48-56…In Gulf South Conference action, No. 13 Alabama-Huntsville won the men’s title 35-53 over No. 9 Lee (Tenn.) for the first time since 2013, and the women’s title went to No. 8 Lee (Tenn.) for their third straight GSC Championships.