Which Region Ruled The NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships?

Parity was the Word of the Day at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

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You can definitely tell that was the case when you see that 31 different women’s teams and 28 different men’s teams had at least one All-American on their roster.

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But then you check out the podiums and see that four different regions were represented, as the Midwest took four out of the eight possible spots, followed by two from the New England Region and then one major appearance each from the Mideast and West (Johns Hopkins and Pomona-Pitzer won the women’s and men’s team titles, respectively).

What happens when you score the meet regionally?

Region-By-Region Scoring At #D3XC In 2019

Men’s Region
Score
Women’s Region
Score
Midwest
39
New England
62
West
91
Central
72
Mideast
120
Midwest
94
Atlantic
123
Great Lakes
115
New England
128
West
131
Central
134
Mideast
134
Great Lakes
143
Atlantic
155
South/Southeast
375
South/Southeast
449

One of the first things you’ll notice is the close battle in the women’s race.

Individual champion Parley Hannan of Ithaca and runner-up Genny Corcoran of SUNY Geneseo gave the Atlantic Region an unbelievable head start, but then the New England Region came through with three runners in the top-10 with Danielle Page of Tufts in sixth and Sophia Gorman of Colby and Izzi Gengaro of MIT in ninth and 10th place, respectively.

No one should have counted out the Central Region as four of its runners finished in the top-20, led by Kassie Rosenbum of Loras in fifth place. Carina Collet of Wartbrug and Amanda Mosborg of Carleton were the next finishers from the Central Region in 11th and 13th place, respectively.

When it came down to it, the depth of the New England Region won out as all five of its runners, including those mentioned above, finished in the top-22. The Central Region packed all five of its runners in the top-25, yet couldn’t topple the New England Region.

The men’s race wasn’t as close.

It was a rout for the Midwest Region as it won by 52 points.

Each of the top-5 runners from the Midwest Region finished in the top-11 with a spread of 10 seconds between No. 1 runner Josh Schraeder of UW-La Crosse in fifth place and No. 5 runner Matt Osmulski of North Central (Ill.) in 11th place. David Fassbender of UW-Whitewater, Tyler Nault of UW-La Crosse and Ryan Cutter of UChicago finished between them in sixth, eighth and ninth place, respectively.

The West Region finished as the Best of the Rest with 91 points. Four runners from the West Region were All-Americans, led by Thomas D’Anieri of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in third place.

There was a great battle between the Mideast Region, Atlantic Region and New England Region to find out which group would end up third in the men’s standings. Only eight points separated those three regions as it went in that order thanks to individual champion Patrick Watson of Stevenson and fourth-place finisher Jared Pangallozzi of Johns Hopkins giving the Mideast Region an early leg up on the competition.