WEEKEND RECAP: 2019 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Championships

What a weekend of racing for NCAA Division II Cross Country!

Teams have been crowned regional champions and tickets have been punched for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, California.

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2019 South Central Region – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
 
Women’s Teams
Points
No. 1 Colorado School of Mines
41
 
No. 1 Adams State
24
No. 5 Western Colorado
69
 
No. 3 Colorado School of Mines
51
No. 3 Adams State
70
 
No. 6 Western Colorado
69
No. 13 West Texas A&M
127
 
No. 12 UC-Colorado Springs
122
No. 17 UC-Colorado Springs
144
 
Colorado Christian
210

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Men’s Race

No. 1 Colorado School of Mines scored 41 points to earn its second straight regional championship and third in the last four years. No. 5 Western Colorado and No. 3 Adams State were separated by one point for second and third, with the Mountaineers finishing ahead of the Grizzlies 69-70. No. 13 West Texas A&M and No. 17 UC-Colorado Springs placed fourth and fifth respectively.

Ezekiel Kipchirchir of West Texas A&M won the individual title in 30:39.05 over Western Colorado’s second and third place duo of Charlie Sweeney (30:53.19) and Taylor Stack (30:44.17).

Women’s Race

Make it eight straight for No. 1 Adams State, as the Grizzlies rolled to dominating win with 24 points over No. 3 Colorado School of Mines (51) and No. 6 Western Colorado (69). No. 12 UC-Colorado Springs (122) was next, with Colorado Christian (210) following. The Grizzlies placed its scoring contingent within the top-10 of the field.

Adams State boasted the individual champion and runner-up in Stephanie Cotter and Eilish Flanagan, running 20:53.50 and 21:01.75, respectively. Chloe Cook of Mines crossed the line in 21:30.38 for third.

2019 Midwest Region – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
 
Women’s Teams
Points
No. 3 Grand Valley State
52
 
No. 2 Grand Valley State
40
No. 8 Michigan Tech
116
 
No. 19 Michigan Tech
146
No. 9 Southern Indiana
134
 
No. 10 Walsh
155
No. 22 Walsh
146
 
No. 9 Hillsdale
156
No. 14 Saginaw Valley State
155
 
No. 17 Southwest Baptist
183

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Men’s Story

No. 3 Grand Valley State claimed its 18th consecutive regional title with a victory over No. 8 Michigan Tech 52-116. No. 9 Southern Indiana placed third with 134 points to earn the final automatic berth. No. 22 Walsh placed fourth with 146 points, while No. 14 Saginaw Valley State placed fifth with 155 points.

Southern Indiana’s Titus Winders won the individual title in 31:05.8 over Carlee Stimpfel of SVSU, who crossed the line in 31:13.8. GVSU’s Tanner Chada rounded out the top-3 by finishing in 31:22.5.

Women’s Story

No. 2 Grand Valley State completely dominated the field with 40 points and a 106 point margin of victory. Led by individual regional champion Allie Ludge, the Lakers went 8-9-10-12 for their remaining scorers to solidify their victory.

No. 19 Michigan Tech put together a very impressive day to place second in the team standings with 146 points. The Huskies entered this weekend ranked seventh in the regional rankings and punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships.

The battle for third place came down to a one point difference, as No. 11 Walsh narrowly edged out No. 9 Hillsdale 155-156 for the final automatic bid. No. 17 Southwest Baptist placed fifth with 183 points.

In the individual race behind the aforementioned Ludge, Elysia Burgos of Southwest Baptist placed second, followed by third place finisher Lauren Bailey of Indianapolis in 20:51.9

2019 West Region – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
 
Women’s Teams
Points
No. 2 Chico State
43
 
No. 4 Chico State
75
RV Cal Poly Pomona
115
 
Northwest Nazarene
134
No. 16 Cal State San Marcos
121
 
No. 16 Cal State East Bay
142
Cal State Stanislaus
135
 
No. 13 Alaska Anchorage
146
#21 Western Washington
139
 
No. 14 Seattle Pacific
153

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Men’s Race

For the fourth year in a row, the West Region continues to be controlled by No. 2 Chico State. The Wildcats scored 43 points in its victory by placing all of their scorers in the top-15 of the field. Runner-up RV Cal Poly Pomona (115) and third place No. 16 Cal State San Marcos (121) punched their tickets to nationals. Cal State Stanislaus (135) and No. 21 Western Washington (139) finished fourth and fifth to round out the top-5.

Josh Litwiller of Cal State San Marcos won in 26:54.33, followed by Chico’s Trad Berti (29:56.7) in second and UC San Diego’s Aren Johnson in third (29:57.4).

Women’s Race

No. 4 Chico State is back on top of the West Region for the first time since 2016 after scoring 75 points in its victory. The Wildcats won their eighth regional title in program history.

Northwest Nazarene shocked the region, and perhaps the country, with their second place finish with 134 points to punch their ticket to the NCAA Championships. The Nighthawks came into the weekend not ranked regionally.

Rounding out the top-3 and automatic bids is No. 16 Cal State East Bay with 142 points. No. 13 Alaska Anchorage, last year’s regional champion, placed fourth with 146 points, and No. 14 Seattle Pacific scored 153 points for fifth.

The individual crown went to Anchorage’s Emmanuelah Chelimo in 20:22.4 for a 27.1 second victory over Dania Holmberg of Seattle Pacific, who finished in 20:49.5. Simon Fraser’s Olivia Willett finished third in 20:51.6. 

Atlantic Region

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Men’s Race

No. 20 Charleston (W.Va.), led by a strong top-4, held off always-strong Edinboro by 20 points, 72-92. Charleston had individual champ Jack Mastrandea in full control by 30 seconds, with three teammates following in the top-13. Meanwhile, Edinboro’s tight group put six scorers in places 10-25, all within 30 seconds. Davis & Elkins (136) earned the final automatic berth.

Individually, Mastrandea’s 31:06.6 was followed by a close runner-up finish among Aaron Pfeil of Lock Haven (31:36.2) and West Chester’s Josh Coackley (31:36.6).

Women’s Race

Edinboro and RV Davis & Elkins waged quite a battle, with Edinboro winning 62-68 at the finish after D&E held a 59-68 lead at the 3M split. Edinboro had three top-10 finishers (including 1-2), but D&E countered with all five in the top-20. Seton Hill (137) finished third to collect the final automatic berth to the nationals.

Stefanie Parsons of Edinboro won the individual title by almost 20 seconds in 21:02.0, with teammate Hope Pietrocarlo (21:19.6) 20 seconds ahead of Lock Haven’s Laurel Moyer (21:39.8).

Central Region

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Men’s Race

No. 6 Missouri Southern successfully defended its regional championship on its home course. The Lions held off No. 11 Northwest Missouri 52-64, who finished second to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2016 when the team placed third at regionals that year. No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) scored 76 points to come in third and earn the final automatic NCAA bid.

MSSU’s Gidieon Kimutai was also successful in his title defense, crossing the line in 29:14.5 ahead of Northwest’s Jhordan Ccope (29:38.1). Augustana’s Aaron Runge was the third place finisher in 30:13.3.

Women’s Race

In a rematch of the NSIC Championship two weeks ago, No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) walked away as the victors this time around. The Vikings dethroned three-time defending regional champion No. 5 U-Mary, 41-50, to claim their first regional title since 2011. Pittsburg State (185) won a tight battle for the final automatic nationals berth by three points over Winona State. 

Undefeated Ida Narbuvoil of U-Mary won the individual title by over a minute in 20:08.11, with teammate Kayla Ogle (21:22.98) earning the hard-fought runner-up spot over Augustana’s top runner, Nicolette Schmidt (21:25.33).

East Region

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Men’s Race

No. 25 Roberts Wesleyan raced to its first East Regional Championship in program history. The Eagles outscored second place American International 55-65, while Stonehill came in third with 82 points to nabbed the final automatic bid.

American International’s Ezra Mutai won the individual crown in 30:58.4 for a 42.6 second margin of victory over Stonehill’s Lucas Taxter, crossing in 31:41.0. Benoit Campion was clocked at 31:52.6 for third and the second American International athlete to cross the line.

Women’s Race

Stonehill won its second consecutive, and program’s 16th overall, East Regional Championship over Roberts Wesleyan, 26-41. Southern New Hampshire was the third place team, scoring 130 points to round out the top-3.

The Skyhawks were led by two of the top-3 finishers in the field – individual champion Samantha Curtin (22:19.1) and third place finisher Siobhan O’Keefe (22:38.6). SNHU’s Ashley Corcoran was the regional runner-up in 22:23.2.

South Region

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Men’s Race

With three runners in the top-10 and all five scorers in the top-20, No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville won its first South Region title since 2011 with 52 points, with No. 12 Lee (Tenn.) (77) and RV St. Leo (95) claiming the other two automatic berths to the nationals. The top team order didn’t change much from early on, when the Chargers led at the 4.9k split with 53 ahead of Lee (74) and St. Leo (88).

Benedict freshman Mathew Chesum won the individual title in 31:48.83, more than 30 seconds ahead of West Alabama’s Jakob Bernal (32:21.06).

Women’s Race

Led by the 1-2 punch of Celine Ritter and Chloe Flora, No. 8 Lee (Tenn.) cruised to its first South Regional Championship with 41 points to turn away No. 19 Tampa (62), as St. Leo (101) captured the final automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The race at the top was fairly even halfway, with Lee holding a 50-55 edge at the 2.9k split.

Ritter claimed the individual title in 21:41.85, nearly four seconds up on Flora (21:45.77), followed by Montevallo’s Justine Glass (21:48.53).

Southeast Region

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Men’s Race

No. 18 Queens (N.C.) and No. 24 Augusta waged a neck-and-neck battle as each had three scorers in the top-8 and all five in the top-20. Queens’ No. 5 runner was 16th vs. Augusta’s being 20th, and that provided the difference in the 43-47 scoring tally as the Royals won back-to-back Southeast Regional Championships. No. 15 Mount Olive was an easy third with 75 points. 

Sophomore Joshua Chepkesir of UNC Pembroke repeated as the individual champion, winning by more than 30 seconds in 30:30.7. Augusta’s Jacob Poston edged Anthony Raftis of Queens by 0.2 for second in 31:05.5.

Women’s Race

The team crown went to RV Queens (N.C.) for the third consecutive year with 64 points, as Flagler (100) and Wingate (135) nabbed the other automatic berths to the NCAA Championships. Flagler was the only school with more than one top-10 scorer, but Queens was the only team with more than two in the top-20, placing all five in that collection.

Leah Hanle of Mount Olive captured her fourth-straight individual title, winning by nine seconds in 20:53.0 over Tusculum’s Nicole McMillen (21:02.1).