Which Region Ruled The Day At 2019 NCAA DI Championships?

A quick glance at the standings from the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana, reveals the Mountain Region did quite well.

What else is new, right?

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On a rainy day at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, teams from the Mountain Region took five of the eight possible spots on the podium, including the top-3 spots on the men’s side. BYU won the men’s team title with Northern Arizona and Colorado following behind, while the BYU finished runner-up to Arkansas in the women’s race with New Mexico in fourth.

But what happens if you scored the meet regionally and not by individual teams?

Region-By-Region Scoring At #NCAAXC In 2019

Men’s Region
Score
Women’s Region
Score
Mountain
43
Mountain
28
Great Lakes
71
West
77
Southeast
102
Southeast
88
Midwest
119
Great Lakes
101
West
126
South Central
126
South
185
Midwest
146
Northeast
209
South
230
South Central
363
Northeast
278
Mid-Atlantic
424
Mid-Atlantic
386

As you can see, it’s more of the same.

Athletes from the Mountain Region dominated each race, especially the Women’s 6K.

Weini Kelati of New Mexico won the individual title, while BYU went 5-6-7 with Courtney Wayment, Erica Birk-Jarvis and Whittni Orton within one second of each other. Once New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat, who won the individual title in 2017, crossed the line in ninth place, the rout was complete.

Add it up and the Mountain Region won the Women’s 6K with 28 points, 49 fewer than the West Region had as runner-up. (If you want to put this in perspective, the all-time low score for a women’s team champion at the NCAA DI Championships is 36 by Virginia in 1981, when there were only 13 teams in the race. The Cavaliers won by 47 over Oregon.)

Don’t write off the performances of the West Region or the third-place Southeast Region just yet. Athletes from those regions packed up well as the latter had just a 12-second spread between No. 1 runner Elly Henes of NC State and No. 5 runner Hannah Steelman of Wofford, while the former had a 19-second gap between Stanford teammates Ella Donaghu and Fiona O’Keeffe, who finished No. 1 and No. 5 for its region.

Men from the Mountain Region fared quite well in the 10K, as they put three runners in the top-10, led by the 2-3 finish of Joe Klecker of Colorado and Conner Mantz of BYU. Finishing not too far behind Mantz was John Dressel of Colorado in seventh.

Christian Allen of Weber State was the unsung hero of the Mountain Region as he finished 14th with Daniel Carney of BYU rounding out the top-5 in 17th place. Allen, just a sophomore, didn’t make the NCAA meet last year after finishing 29th in the region.

All told, the Mountain Region finished with 43 points, 28 fewer than the Great Lakes Region, which came to play in its backyard.

Athletes from the Great Lakes Region blanketed the finish line as there was just a 10-second gap between No. 1 runner Jaret Carpenter of Purdue in 10th overall and No. 5 runner Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin in 18th overall. Kyle Mau of Indiana, Euan Makepeace of Butler and Devin Meyrer of Michigan crossed the finish line between them.

The Southeast Region and the Midwest Region rounded out the podium in the Men’s 10K.