MEET RECAP: 2019 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships

Champions were crowned at the 2019 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships on Saturday!

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: National Championships Central

Keep scrolling below to read our recap of the meet.

2019 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 2 Johns Hopkins
No. 2 North Central (Ill.)
No. 1 Washington (Mo.)
No. 1 Williams
No. 3 Williams
No. 10 Washington (Mo.)
No. 4 UChicago
No. 6 Johns Hopkins
No. 5 Carleton


Men’s Story

Welcome to the big time, Pomona-Pitzer.

Before today, the Sagehens had never finished in the top-5 at NCAAs.

Well, that all changed in a big way in Louisville, Kentucky, as No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer sloshed through muddy conditions at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park to win its first national title in program history. The Sagehens worked their way up throughout the competition, as they were seventh at the 1K split, sixth at the 3K split, fifth at the 4K split and then took the lead for good at 6.4K.

Pomona-Pitzer saw some gutsy running from sophomores Ethan Widlansky and Dante Paszkeicz, as well as senior Daniel Rosen and junior Ethan Ashby. Together, that quartet moved up a total of 44 spots in the final 1.6K of the race, including a 21-spot jump by Ashby alone. Widlansky led the way for the Sagehens as he finished seventh individually.

Three-time defending national champion North Central (Ill.) ended up second behind Pomona-Pitzer. The second-ranked Cardinals started slow, opening the first 1K in 23rd place, yet moved up to 11th at 3K, eighth at 4K, fourth at 6.4K and then right into the thick of it the rest of the way. Matt Osmulski was the only athlete from North Central (Ill.) to finish in the top-30 in 11th place.

Top-ranked Williams ended up third – just one point back of the Cardinals – while 10th-ranked Washington (Mo.) rounded out the podium teams.

Patrick Watson of Stevenson won the individual title in 24:13.9, nearly six seconds ahead of Matthew Wilkinson of Carleton.

Women’s Story

Johns Hopkins returned to the top of the podium in what is becoming an annual exciting duel with Washington (Mo.).

The Blue Jays, who were runners-up by just one point last year to the Bears, raced hard throughout the 6K tract to win by 13 points and earn their third national title in the past four years and the sixth since 2012.

The race was very close at the 4K split, with Johns Hopkins holding a 147-150 edge over WashU. The Blue Jays eventually pulled away despite no one finishing with no one in the top-10 – but were the only team with more than two in the top-20 as Sam Levy, Rebecca Grusby and Ariel Keklak took up 13-16-18 among scoring finishers.

Finishing third was Williams with 168 points for its best result since winning the title in 2015 – the last time neither Johns Hopkins nor WashU won the meet. UChicago (208) edged Carleton (210) for the final podium spot. It was the Maroons’ best finish since they also finished fourth in 2013, while the Knights’ fifth matched its best-ever finish achieved in 2017.

Ithaca sophomore Parley Hannan won the individual title by 18 seconds in 20:53.8 over SUNY Geneseo’s Genny Corcoran (21:11.8). Defending champ Paige Lawler of WashU was seventh in 21:26.1. Hannan, whose 18-second victory was the meet’s largest since 2003, took control just past the halfway point, opening up a three-second margin by 4k before cruising to victory.