Which Region Ruled The 2019 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships?

Just how good was the South Central Region at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships?

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It may seem like a rhetorical question, but we mean every word of it.

Look at the standings, if you happened to score the meet regionally and not on a team-by-team basis.

Region-By-Region Scoring At #D2XC In 2019

Men’s Region
Score
Women’s Region
Score
South Central
26
South Central
19
Central
50
Midwest
64
Midwest
98
West
114
West
130
Central
175
Southeast
179
South
218
South
433
Southeast
333
East
440
Atlantic
483
Atlantic
484
East
507

The first thing you’ll notice is the absurd score the South Central Region put up in the Women’s 6K. What is even more ridiculous is that those 19 points are just four fewer than Adams State totaled to tie the all-time meet scoring record in its winning effort.

The Grizzlies sent the first three runners across the finish line with Stephanie Cotter, Eilish Flanagan and Roisin Flanagan leading the way and then HaLeigh Hunter-Galvin wasn’t too far behind her teammates, but then Chloe Cook of Colorado School of Mines wrapped it up for the top-5 athletes from the South Central Region in seventh place.

Athletes from the Midwest Region kept it respectable as they put all five of its runners in the top-10. The first four finishers – Lauren Bailey of Indianapolis in ninth, Elysia Burgos of Southwest Baptist in 11th, Allie Ludge of Grand Valley State in 12th and Hanna Groeber of Grand Valley State in 14th – all crossed within 11 seconds of each other.

It was a little bit closer in the Men’s 10K – but not by much.

The South Central Region put all of its scoring athletes in the top-10 as it amassed 26 points, compared to the Central Region’s 50. Actually, the top-3 athletes from the South Central Region – Kale Adams of Adams State, Taylor Stack of Western Colorado and Kyle Moran of Colorado School of Mines – went 2-3-4.

Gidieon Kimutai of Missouri Southern led the Central Region in fifth place, as Northwest Missouri teammates Karim Achengli and Jhordan Ccope followed close behind in sixth and ninth place, respectively. Kimutai actually owned the individual lead in the race – a quite sizeable one – until the final kilometer when he was passed by four men.