WEEKEND RECAP: 2019 NCAA DI Conference Championships

Conference Championships Weekend in NCAA Division I Cross Country is off and running!

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Conference Championships Central

There are eight meets on Friday, 21 more on Saturday and a single competition on Sunday.

Allow us to take you through the weekend the only way that we know how.

2019 Pac-12 Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 3 Colorado
No. 2 Stanford
No. 16 Oregon
No. 3 Washington
No. 3 Stanford
No. 16 Utah
No. 10 UCLA
No. 5 Colorado
No. 7 Washington
No. 20 Oregon


Men’s Race

Colorado is back on top of the Pac-12 Conference.

The Buffaloes, who had a six-year winning streak snapped in 2017, showcased their depth and pack-running ability on Friday as they romped to the team title.

Colorado went 1-7-8-12-13 for 41 points thanks to a 21-second spread between their No. 1 and No. 5 runner, which was the smallest difference of any team in the meet.

Joe Klecker won the individual title in the men’s race, giving the Buffs their first individual title since 2007. Klecker covered the 8K tract in 23:02.7, three seconds ahead of Cooper Teare of Oregon who finished runner-up.

Teare’s strong effort paced the 16th-ranked Ducks to a second-place finish in the team standings. Oregon came into the meet as the fifth-best team in the field based on the latest National Coaches’ Poll and topped three that were ranked above it.

No. 3 Stanford, which won the past two conference titles, finished third with 69 points, while No. 10 UCLA took fourth with 84 points and No. 7 Washington earned fifth with 87 points.

Women’s Race

Stanford put its foot down at the Pac-12 Championships.

The second-ranked Cardinal won its first conference title since 2010 as it put three runners across the finish line before any other team and totaled just 27 points, the second fewest by a team champion – regardless of gender – since that same year. That’s right: Stanford went 1-2-3 with individual champion Fiona O’Keeffe, runner-up Ella Donaghu and third-place Jessica Lawson.

The Cardinal never lost sight of the lead as it held it at three of the four splits. Stanford led No. 5 Colorado by three points at the 1.4K, trailed the Buffaloes by eight points at the 2.3K, went up 25 points on No. 3 Washington at the 3.8K, held steady at 21 points by the 4.5K and then cruised home for the 28-point win over the Huskies.

No. 16 Utah ran a strong race, finishing third behind those two top-5 programs. Colorado faded to fourth, while No. 20 Oregon rounded out the top-5 in fifth.

2019 Big Ten Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 14 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State
No. 13 Indiana
No. 7 Wisconsin
No. 17 Michigan
No. 8 Michigan
No. 9 Purdue
No. 18 Penn State
Penn State
No. 21 Ohio State


Men’s Race

Once again, Wisconsin proved to be the Class of the Big Ten.

The 14th-ranked Badgers, behind Oliver Hoare‘s individual title, captured their 50th conference title in cross country on Sunday.

Wisconsin went 1-7-13-15-20 for 56 points, 14 fewer than runner-up No. 13 Indiana (70). No. 17 Michigan finished third with 78 points, while No. 9 Purdue took fourth with 82 points.

Seven of the 12 programs in the Big Ten had athletes in the top-10. Indiana and Purdue were the only two programs with multiple athletes in that spot.

By the 6K split, 11 men were within two seconds of the lead, but by the 7K mark, Hoare opened up a two-second gap. Hoare pulled away from there as he won by six seconds and gave the Badgers the all-important low stick.

Women’s Race

The women’s race at the Big Ten Championships is always hard to predict.

When you add in an NCAA-high eight nationally-ranked programs, you just want to sit back and watch the action unfold on the course.

Once the dust settled in Columbus, Ohio, No. 9 Michigan State captured the team title by six points over No. 7 Wisconsin. The Spartans went 3-8-14-15-16 for 56 points, while the Badgers went 1-4-9-13-35 for 62 points. This was Michigan State’s seventh team title in program history and first since 2014, the same year it eventually won the national title.

That all-important low stick went to Alicia Monson of Wisconsin, who crossed the finish line in 20:05.4 to win her second individual title in a row. Monson dropped the hammer in the final 1K of the race as she opened up her lead to nearly eight seconds.

No. 8 Michigan finished third with 88 points, while No. 18 Penn State (138) and No. 21 Ohio State (144) rounded out the top-5 teams. The other ranked teams in the field finished sixth (No. 19 Illinois), seventh (No. 25 Minnesota) and eighth (No. 23 Indiana).

2019 ACC Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 28 Syracuse
No. 6 NC State
No. 20 Notre Dame
No. 10 Florida State
No. 26 Virginia Tech
No. 17 Notre Dame
No. 23 Virginia
No. 22 Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
RV Syracuse


Men’s Race

Peter Seufer of Virginia Tech posted a huge victory on his home course for the individual title, clocking 23:42.7 over the 8K tract to win by nearly 40 seconds over Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse. Seufer became just the fourth male athlete to win back-to-back individual titles at the ACC Championships since 2000.

Not surprisingly, the team battle was much closer as six nationally ranked teams went for honors. No. 28 Syracuse, the lowest-ranked among the group, came out on top with 68 points, 5 points up on No. 20 Notre Dame. The Orange, which captured their sixth conference title in the past six years, were led by Nathan Henderson in 9th and Joe Dragon in 10th.

In third was host No. 26 Virginia Tech, earning a tiebreaker over rival No. 23 Virginia, as each tallied 100 points. Unranked Wake Forest (116), No. 21 Florida State (155), Duke (162), and No. 23 NC State (164) led the rest in a high quality team race.

Women’s Race

It was a great day for NC State, especially the Henes family.

Elly Henes cruised to her first ACC cross country title, winning by more than 10 seconds in 20:37.4 for 6K over Virginia Tech’s Sara Freix. Henes now owns a triple crown of ACC titles, having won last year’s conference titles outdoors (5k) and indoors (3k). This was the Wolfpack’s 12th individual title in program history, but the first since 2010.

Her mom, head coach Laurie Henes – who won her own ACC cross country title in 1991 – joined in the celebration as the Wolfpack won their fourth-straight conference title. No. 6 NC State held off a strong charge by No. 10 Florida State to win by 12 points (64-76). Kelsey Chimel played a big role in the Wolfpack’s victory as she finished fourth, ahead of three Seminoles in the top-10.

Following in the team standings were No. 17 Notre Dame (116), No. 22 Virginia Tech (146), RV Syracuse (154), Wake Forest (158), and No. 27 Boston College (159).

Big 12 Championships


Men’s Race

Iowa State proved to be the Best of the Big 12, both individually and as a team.

The fifth-ranked Cyclones followed individual champion Edwin Kurgat‘s lead and rolled to the team title in Waco on Saturday.

Iowa State went 1-6-8-9-10 with a spread of just 27.2 seconds for the 34-58 win over No. 27 Oklahoma State. The Cyclones and the Cowboys were followed by No. 30 Texas, the only other nationally-ranked program in the field.

At the 5.9K split, Oklahoma State held a slim 45-47 lead over Iowa State, but the latter’s strength really showed over the next 1.1K. By the 7K split, the Cyclones swung the score to 31-58 in their favor with four runners in the top-10.

The undefeated Kurgat owned at least a share of the lead throughout the entire race, including at the 3K (9:09.6) and 5K split (15:04.8). Kurgat pulled away down the stretch to win by 3.5 seconds over Isai Rodriguez of Oklahoma State.

Women’s Race

Dramatic doesn’t begin to describe the proceedings during the women’s race at the Big 12 Championships this morning.

With 1K to go, RV Texas, West Virginia and No. 29 Oklahoma State were all separated by just five points in the team race and Cailie Logue of Iowa State and Taylor Somers of Oklahoma State were neck and neck for the individual title.

When the dust settled in Waco, Texas, the team title went to the Cowgirls by just two points over the Mountaineers and Logue outkicked Somers down the stretch to win by just 0.3 seconds.

Oklahoma State surged into the lead after their athletes went from 2-3-16-18-20 at 5K to 2-3-12-16-19 by the finish. Somers and Molly Born led the way in second and third, respectively, but Kaytlyn Larson, Taylor Roe and Ariane Ballner played a major role in bringing home the first conference title to Stillwater since 2015.

Mountain West Championships


Men’s Race

Utah State is proving to be quite the late bloomer.

After joining the National Coaches’ Poll after a convincing win at the Paul Short Run and then opening some more eyes with their performance at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the 22nd-ranked Aggies rolled to their first conference title in the Mountain West Conference. Utah State scored 42 points and topped runner-up Colorado State by 32 points.

Dallin Farnsworth led the Aggies with the all-important low stick as he won the individual title in 23:12.14, nearly 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Forrest Barton of Colorado State. It was also the first individual title won by a Utah State athlete in conference history.

The Aggies were one of two nationally-ranked programs in the field. The other, No. 18 Boise State, finished fourth in the team standings behind the aforementioned Rams and Wyoming.

Women’s Race

New Mexico continued its dominance over the women’s ranks in the Mountain West Conference on Friday.

The Lady Lobos rolled to their 12th consecutive conference title as they put four runners in the top-10, led by back-to-back individual champion Weini Kelati. New Mexico totaled 31 points to toppled two other nationally-ranked programs: No. 14 Air Force (2nd, 54 points) and No. 13 Boise State (3rd, 63 points).

Kelati dropped the hammer between the 1.1K split and the 2K split, because that’s where she opened up a 10-second lead over the field. The junior continued pressing the pace to win by nearly 49 seconds over teammate Ednah Kurgat in 19:11.2. Kelati is only the second back-to-back champion in conference history, joining Emma Bates from Boise State.

West Coast Championships


Men’s Race

BYU made it a four-peat on Friday.

The second-ranked Cougars won their fourth conference title as they scored just 18 points to beat No. 12 Portland by 33 points. No. 29 Gonzaga, the third nationally-ranked team in the field, finished third with 63 points.

Top individual honors went to Conner Mantz of BYU, who covered the 8K tract in 23:33.8. That was Mantz’s fourth individual title in a row, as he has also posted victories at the BYU Autumn Classic, the Bill Dellinger Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational.

Women’s Race

BYU made a historic statement on Friday.

The fourth-ranked Cougars matched the fewest points scored by a team champion in meet history as they went 1-2-3-5-7 for 18 points. No team had scored fewer than 20 since Portland put up 18 back in 1987. Aoibh Richardson of San Francisco broke up BYU’s bid for a perfect score by finishing fourth.

Whittni Orton won the individual title for the Cougars as she finished inches ahead of teammate Erica Birk-Jarvis. Orton crossed the finish line in 19:49.27, while Birk-Jarvis came in at 19:49.33.

SEC Championships


Men’s Race

Vincent Kiprop of Alabama picked up the individual title as he won by nearly four seconds over teammate Gilbert Kigen. Kiprop and Kigen were 1-2 throughout the proceedings and the former pulled away over the final 3000 meters for the victory.

No. 11 Ole Miss rolled to the team title with 35 points as it went 3-4-6-9-13. Waleed Suliman and Farah Abdulkarim led the charge for the Rebels with Cade Bethmann and Cole Bullock not too far behind. It was a 55-point win for Ole Miss as the Crimson Tide finished runner-up with 90 points.

Women’s Race

Katie Izzo of Arkansas won the individual title in the women’s race as she gapped the field by five seconds between the 3000-meter and 5000-meter split. Izzo, who joined the Razorbacks this summer after two years at Cal Poly, crossed the finish line in 19:38.3, nearly five seconds ahead of teammate Taylor Werner.

No. 1 Arkansas proved why it is the unanimous top-ranked team in the National Coaches’ Poll as it demolished the field. The Razorbacks went 1-2-4-5-9 for 21 points and a 72-point win over RV Ole Miss. Carina Viljoen (fourth) and Devin Clark (fifth) finished right behind Izzo and Werner, while Lauren Gregory (ninth) rounded out Arkansas’ top-5 on Friday.

Other Meets of Interest

Big Sky Championships


Northern Arizona swept the team titles at the Big Sky Championships on Saturday.

The top-ranked Lumberjacks cruised to the men’s crown as they put four runners in top-6 led by individual champion Drew Bosley. Finishing behind Bosley were Geordie Beamish and Brodey Hasty with Ryan Raff (sixth) and Jack Shea (12th) not too far behind as NAU unveiled yet another lineup with its depth.

The 11th-ranked Lumberjack women had four runners in the top-10 as they won by a 54-point margin over Idaho. Mikayla Malaspina paced NAU with a runner-up effort, while Pipi Eitel and Taryn O’Neill finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

BIG EAST Championships


Villanova and Butler proved to be the Class of the BIG EAST in 2019!

The Wildcats, who received votes in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, won a tight one in the men’s race against Georgetown. It turned out to be a 36-42 victory for Villanova as it put four runners in the top-10, compared to just three for the Hoyas.

Over in the women’s race, the 26th-ranked Bulldogs topped Villanova and No. 28 Georgetown. Butler put four runners in the top-15, led by Emily Royston and Angelina Ellis, who were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Ivy League Championships


Penn won an incredibly close battle for the men’s team title and captured its first Ivy League crown since 2016. The Quakers scored 62 points, edging RV Harvard (65) and No. 25 Princeton (68). Kenny Vasbinder of Columbia earned the men’s individual title as he covered the 5 mile course at Van Cortlandt Park in 24:32.0.

Columbia’s women continued its run at the top of the Ivy League with its third conference title in a row. The Lions beat Harvard and No. 30 Penn by 32 points. The women’s individual title went to Kayley Delay of Yale, as seven of the eight teams competing had runners in the top-10.

The American Championships


Tulsa continued its strong season with a dominant win in the men’s race on Friday. The sixth-ranked Hurricane went 2-3-4-5-6 for 20 points, just missing out on a perfect score as Aaron Bienenfield of Cincinnati finished ahead of them all for the individual title. Temple finished runner-up as a team with 68 points.

A familiar face also won the team title in the women’s race: You guessed it – Tulsa. The Hurricane, which received votes in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, topped Wichita State by a score of 37-63. Winny Koskei of Wichita State went back to back for the individual title.

Southern Conference Championships


Furman swept the proceedings at the Southern Conference Championships on Saturday.

The 15th-ranked Paladin women put all seven of their runners in the top-10 as they scored 20 points. The #GirlGang missed out on the perfect score because Hannah Steelman of Wofford captured the individual title, some three seconds ahead of the entire Furman contingent.

The Paladin men, who received votes in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, went 1-2-4-5-9 for 21 points and the conference title. Ryan Adams led the way as he crossed the finish line first in 24:40.8.