WEEKEND RECAP: 2019 NCAA DIII Conference Championships

Conference Championship Weekend in NCAA Division III Cross Country was a blur!

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Conference Championships Central

There were more than 30 meets on Saturday as league bragging rights were on the line.

Allow us to take you through the day as only we know how!

We will continue to update this post as more results come through.

2019 UAA Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
Women’s Teams
Points
No. 4 Carnegie Mellon
39
No. 2 Washington (Mo.)
24
No. 9 Washington (Mo.)
43
No. 7 UChicago
53
No. 7 UChicago
71
No. 24 Rochester (N.Y.)
100
No. 20 Case Western Reserve
96
No. 26 Carnegie Mellon
132
No. 22 Emory
111
No. 34 Emory
140

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Men’s Race

Depth won out when three top-10 teams matched up in the men’s race at the UAA Championships.

No. 4 Carnegie Mellon was the only squad with three runners in the top-6 and finished with six in the top-20 as it topped No. 9 Washington (Mo.) by a score of 39-43 for the team title. The Tartans went 3-4-6-12-14 while the Bears finished 2-7-10-11-13.

No. 7 UChicago, led by individual champion Ryan Cutter, finished third with 71 points, while No. 20 Case Western Reserve and No. 22 Emory rounded out the top-5.

Women’s Race

No. 2 Washington (Mo.) flexed its muscles again to win the women’s team title at the UAA Championships on Saturday.

The Bears, led by individual champion Paige Lawler, went 1-2-3-8-10 for 24 points and a 29-point victory over No. 7 UChicago. Lawler crossed the finish line in 21:49.76 and was followed by Sophie Watterson and Megan Grimscheid in 21:11.81 and 22:13.99, respectively.

The Maroons were the clear-cut runner-up as they finished 47 points ahead of third-place No. 24 Rochester (N.Y.). No. 26 Carnegie Mellon and No. 34 Emory rounded out the top-5.

2019 NESCAC Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
Women’s Teams
Points
No. 2 Williams
22
No. 4 Williams
58
No. 32 Amherst
97
No. 6 Tufts
90
No. 25 Middlebury
107
No. 16 Bates
110
No. 18 Colby
135
No. 18 Middlebury
125
No. 24 Bates
138
Bowdoin
161

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Men’s Race

Williams made it look easy on Saturday.

The second-ranked Ephs cruised to the men’s team title at the NESCAC Championships on their home course as they went 1-3-5-6-7 for 22 points and a 75-point win over No. 32 Amherst.

Aidan Ryan led the charge for Williams as he collected the individual title in 25:27.3, 14 seconds ahead of Theo Henderson of Middlebury, who finished runner-up. This was the fourth victory in a row for Ryan, who also captured individual titles at the Monmouth University XC Kick-Off, the Little 3 Cross Country Meet and the Purple Valley Classic.

The Mammoths, who didn’t have a runner in the top-10, put four runners between Nos. 13-20 with a spread of 16 seconds and finished with 97 points.

No. 25 Middlebury (107), No. 18 Colby (135) and No. 24 Bates (138) rounded out the top-5.

Women’s Race

If you looked at the National Coaches’ Poll before the women’s race at the NESCAC Championships, it would have been a great predictor of things to come.

No. 4 Williams, the top-ranked team in the field, captured the team title, while No. 6 Tufts, No. 16 Bates and No. 18 Middlebury finished in order behind the hosts.

The National Coaches’ Poll wouldn’t show you how the Ephs got it done. Williams went 4-7-14-16-17 for 58 points, 32 fewer than the runner-up Jumbos.

Sophia Gorman of Colby won the individual title once again as she crossed the finish line in 21:40.2, six seconds clear of Danielle Page of Tufts. Gorman is the first female athlete to win back-to-back individual titles since Caroline Cretti of Williams in 2004 and 2005.

SCIAC Championships

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Men’s Race

When a race between two top-10 teams goes to the tiebreaker, you know it was a good race.

Such was the case on Saturday at the SCIAC Championships between No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The Sagehens and the Stags both finished with 31 points as they combined for 14 of the first 15 runners who crossed the finish line. The only athlete not associated with either team to finish in that same realm was Tucker Cargile of Redlands, who finished fourth.

Once the judges went to the scorecards, they saw that CMS owned a 3-2 advantage over Pomona-Pitzer through the top-5 runners: CMS went 1-5-7-8-10, while Pomona-Pitzer went 2-3-6-9-11. Thus, the victory and the conference title went to the Stags.

Women’s Race

Strength in numbers sent No. 13 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to its 10th consecutive team title at the SCIAC Championships on Saturday.

While No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer had the first two finishers in individual champion Lila Cardillo and runner-up Helen Guo, the Athenas accounted for 10 of the next 12 – including five of the next eight – which assured the dynasty would continue for yet another year.

CMS finished with 37 points, compared to 64 for the runner-up Sagehens.

Centennial Championships

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Men’s Race

Johns Hopkins made history.

The fifth-ranked Blue Jays became the first men’s team in the history of the Centennial Conference to post a perfect score at the championship meet. JHU, led by individual champion Jared Pangallozzi (25:04.7), went 1-2-3-4-5 for 15 glorious points and its first conference title since 2013.

No. 23 Haverford finished second in the team standings, while No. 31 Dickinson took third.

Women’s Race

Top-ranked Johns Hopkins proved to be too much for the rest of the Centennial Conference once again.

The Blue Jays flew to their 12th consecutive conference title as they scored 23 points and put all seven of their athletes in the top-10.

Johns Hopkins and No. 5 Dickinson were actually tied at 5-all through two runners, but the former quickly asserted its dominance at that moment. The next three runners who crossed the finish line were Blue Jays, as were two of the next four after that.

The Red Devils finished runner-up and were led by individual champion Isabel Cardi.

Other Meets Of Interest

CCIW Championships

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Top-ranked North Central (Ill.) made it a clean sweep of the proceedings.

The Cardinals went 1-2-3-4-5 for a tidy 15 points, led by individual champion Matt Osmulski. This is the fourth year in a row that North Central (Ill.) has notched a perfect score at this meet.

You can say the Cardinals have made it a habit of winning both the individual title and the team title in the same year as this is the 11th year in a row that they’ve accomplished that feat. The last time an athlete from North Central (Ill.) didn’t win the individual title was 2008.

MIAC Championships

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Front-end depth sent No. 30 Carleton to the men’s team title at the MIAC Championships on Saturday. The Knights were the only team with three athletes in the top-10 as they went 1-2-8-19-20 for 50 points, 13 fewer than runner-up No. 29 St. Thomas (Minn.). No. 19 St. Olaf, the highest-ranked team in the field, finished third with 69 points.

Brute strength sent No. 9 Carleton to the women’s team title at the MIAC Championships on Saturday. The Knights put six of their seven runners in the top-10 as no other team had more than two in that group. Carleton finished with 25 points, 43 fewer than runner-up No. 14 St. Thomas (Minn.). RV St. Olaf finished third, while No. 32 Gustavus Adolphus took fourth.

WIAC Championships

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UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire won team titles at the WIAC Championships on Saturday.

In the men’s race, the 16th-ranked Eagles put five runners in the top-10, while no other team could manage more than two. UW-La Crosse won its 16th conference title in program history and beat No. 34 UW-Stout by 61 points.

Over in the women’s race, the 11th-ranked Blugolds matched their rank and won their 11th team title in program history. UW-Eau Claire outdueled No. 23 UW-La Crosse for the crown as the score was 27 to 33. The Blugolds went 1-2-7-8-9, while the Eagles finished 3-4-5-10-11.

Liberty League Championships

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RPI doubled up on titles today at the Liberty League Championships.

The 15th-ranked Engineer men scored 33 points to beat two other nationally-ranked programs (No. 26 St. Lawrence and No. 27 Ithaca), while the also-ranked 15th women toppled Ithaca and the nationally-ranked duo of No. 21 Vassar and No. 27 RIT.

Empire 8 Championships

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While there were no nationally-ranked teams in this meet, the competition was exquisite.

Just two points decided both the men’s team title and the women’s team title as Utica beat Nazareth 49-51 for the former and Houghton topped St. John Fisher 43-45 for the latter.