Weekend Roundup: October 30-November 1

It’s a huge weekend across the collegiate cross country landscape.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZoneMeets This Weekend | Scoreboard

We’ll see Conference Championships Weekend at the NCAA Division I & NCAA Division II level.

There is a HUGE matchup between 18 ranked NJCAA teams at the Region VI Championships.

That’s some – but certainly, not all.

Keep checking back as we’ll update this page.

2020 Big 12 Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 5 Oklahoma State
NR Iowa State
No. 10 Iowa State
No. 29 Texas
No. 24 Texas
RV West Virginia
NR Kansas State
RV Oklahoma State
NR Kansas
NR Kansas State

Men’s Race

It came down to a tiebreaker at Rim Rock Farm!

No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Iowa State both finished with 31 points at the conclusion of the men’s race at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships.

Based on NCAA tiebreaking procedures, officials then compared head-to-head finishes by each team’s top-5 runners: Wesley Kiptoo’s individual victory and Festus Lagat’s third-place effort gave the Cyclones the lead through two runners, but Alex Maier beat Chad Johnson to the finish line by three seconds to bring the Cowboys back into the fold. Ryan Smeeton edged Mitchell Day by 1.5 seconds to even things up and then Ryan Schoppe gave Oklahoma State its first team title since 2016 when he was nearly six seconds clear of Thomas Pollard.

A tiebreaker had never been used before in meet history to decide a winner. The closest margin of victory before today was a one-point win for Iowa State over Texas back in 2017.

Speaking of the Longhorns, they finished third with Kansas State and Kansas in fourth and fifth.

Women’s Race

Iowa State came in unheralded, but that didn’t matter.

The unranked Cyclones rolled to the women’s team title at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, outscoring No. 29 Texas by 23 points to win its eighth conference title in the past 10 years. Iowa State also topped the podium three or more years in a row, two different times, from 2011 to 2014 (four) and 2016 to 2018 (three).

Cailie Logue led the Cyclones with her third consecutive individual title at the meet, crossing the finish line in 20:00.5, seven seconds ahead of Taylor Roe of Oklahoma State. Logue, one of five athletes from Iowa State in the top-10 on Friday, is the first three-time individual champion in the women’s race since Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech from 2006 to 2008.

It was a close race for runner-up honors in the team standings with No. 29 Texas, RV Oklahoma State and RV West Virginia all vying for that spot. Ultimately it was the Longhorns who stood tall, scoring 62 points compared to the Mountaineers’ 66. The Cowgirls ended up fourth with 71 points.

2020 ACC Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 6 Notre Dame
No. 4 NC State
No. 21 NC State
No. 25 Georgia Tech
RV Wake Forest
No. 21 Florida State
No. 16 Virginia
RV Duke
NR Duke
No. 27 North Carolina

Men’s Race

Notre Dame followed Yared Nuguse’s lead on Friday.

Nuguse earned the program’s first individual title at the ACC Cross Country Championships and three other teammates finished in the top-11 as the sixth-ranked Irish won its second team title in the past three years at the meet.

After Nuguse won by nearly five seconds in 23:03.6, Dylan Jacobs took third in 23:12.7. Not too far behind Jacobs was Danny Kilrea in seventh at 23:27.4 and Joshua Methner in 11th at 23:30.1. Once Jake Renfree crossed the finish line 18th overall, Notre Dame could celebrate.

No. 21 NC State took runner-up team honors as it was the only squad with four runners in the top-15. Ian Shanklin finished second in 23:08.5, while Joe Bistritz was sixth in 23:27.3. Gavin Gaynor and JP Flavin were 14th and 15th, respectively, in 23:33.7 and 23:34.2.

RV Wake Forest took third in the team standings, followed by No. 16 Virginia and RV Duke.

Women’s Race

NC State defended home turf and its conference title.

The fourth-ranked Wolfpack won their fifth consecutive conference crown as they took two of the top-3 spots individually and scored 47 points at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Dominique Clairmonte of NC State took top individual honors in 19:55.1, 11 seconds clear of runner-up Amanda Vestri of Syracuse. Hannah Steeleman, running in her first ACC Cross Country Championship meet after transferring from Wofford, took third in 20:17.3, while Mariah Howlett ended up seventh, 10 seconds behind Steeleman.

No. 25 Georgia Tech came in as the fourth-best team in the field, but ran like champions. The Yellow Jackets were the only other team than the Wolfpack with three runners in the top-15. Nicole Fegans paced GT in ninth place at 20:30.8, while Liz Galarza and Mary Kathryn Knott finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in 20:36.3 and 20:36.4.

No. 21 Florida State placed third with RV Duke and No. 27 North Carolina in fourth and fifth.

2020 SEC Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 3 Arkansas
No. 1 Arkansas
No. 19 Ole Miss
NR Alabama
NR Georgia
RV Ole Miss
NR Tennessee
NR Kentucky
NR Kentucky

Men’s Race

When a team goes 1-2-3, it usually expects to win the title.

That is, unless its toughest competition goes 5-6-7-8-9.

Such was the case on Friday at the SEC Cross Country Championships where No. 3 Arkansas used brute force to deflect an amazing effort by No. 19 Ole Miss to win its first conference title since 2017 and 26th overall in program history.

Mario Garcia Romo took top individual honors for the Rebels as he won the SEC title in 23:32.9, just 1.4 seconds ahead of teammates Cole Bullock and Waleed Suliman, who were both credited with 23:34.3 finishing times. That gave Ole Miss just six team points through three runners and its first individual title since 2010.

Then came a convoy of Razorbacks with Amon Kemboi (fifth, 23:47.3), Luke Meade (23:48.2), Jacob McLeod (seventh, 23:51.3), Emmanuel Cheboson (eighth, 24:00.8) and Matt Young (ninth, 24:03.9) to just about squash all hopes of a Rebel victory. That became even more evident when Andrew Kibet (14th, 24:25.0) and Gilbert Boit (16th, 24:31.5) rounded out Arkansas’ top-7 before Ole Miss had four finishers.

The Rebels finished a clear runner-up, 62 points ahead of third-place Georgia. Tennessee and Kentucky rounded out the top-5. This was the Bulldogs’ best SEC finish since 2013.

Women’s Race

Arkansas won the title.

Alabama won the day.

The top-ranked Razorbacks captured their eighth consecutive team title at the SEC Cross Country Championships on Friday morning, putting their entire scoring lineup in the top-11. Lauren Gregory led the way in fourth place, while Logan Morris, Abby Gray, Taylor Ewert and Krissy Gear all finished within 14 seconds of each other behind her.

Mercy Chelangat snagged the individual title and paced the Crimson Tide to a runner-up finish in the team standings. Chelangat is the program’s first individual champion at the SEC Championships since 1993 and the team itself hadn’t finished among the top-2 teams since 1994. If you want to know how long that has been, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men had the No. 1 songs on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 Chart, respectively.

Jenna Gearing of Kentucky took runner-up honors behind Chelangat with Sarah Chapman of Missouri in third. Esther Gitahi of Alabama took fifth with teammate Jami Reed right behind her to bolster the Crimson Tide’s strong day.

One point separated third-place Ole Miss from fourth-place Kentucky, while LSU took fifth place. This was the Tigers’ best SEC finish since 1999.

2020 NJCAA Region VI Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
DII #3 Cowley College
DI #2 Cloud County CC
DI #5 Cloud County CC
DII #1 Cowley College
DI #4 Hutchinson CC
DI #3 Colby CC
DII #2 Allen CC
DI #15 Dodge City CC
DI #6 Butler CC
DI #4 Hutchinson CC

Men’s Race

Just one point decided the men’s team title at the NJCAA Region VI Cross Country Championships on Friday in El Dorado, Kansas.

When the dust settled, NJCAA Division II No. 3 Cowley College upended a host of top-10 NJCAA Division I programs to win the crown over NJCAA DI No. 5 Cloud County CC, 56-57.

Through three runners, the T-Birds actually held a 13-22 edge over the Tigers thanks to three runners finishing in the top-10: Individual champion Awet Beraki, third-place finisher Habtamu Geta and ninth-place finisher Michael Iyali. Not to be outdone, Cowley College also had two runners in the top-5 with Amos Pkiach in second and Adrian Diaz-Lopez in fifth.

Then the Tigers took over and sent its fourth and fifth runners across the finish line before Cloud County CC mustered its fourth. Xoel Rodriguez-Abad took 17th place, followed by Javyn Contreras in 20th overall. That was enough to give Cowley College the victory, even after Linus Limo and Ryan Cheney were 22nd and 25th for the T-Birds.

NJCAA DI No. 4 Hutchinson CC, led by Teagan Flanagan, finished third in the team standings, followed by NJCAA DII No. 2 Allen CC and NJCAA DI No. 6 Butler CC.

Women’s Race

Cloud County CC romped to victory.

Cowley College proved division doesn’t matter.

While the Thunderbirds – as the second-ranked team in NJCAA Division I – easily won the team title at the NJCAA Region VI Cross Country Championships on Friday in El Dorado, Kansas, the Tigers – the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division I – were the best of the rest as they took runner-up honors, beating four other top-10 teams from NJCAA Division I.

Cloud County CC did make it look easy, though, as it put its entire scoring lineup in the top-10 to score 29 points. Individual runner-up Patricia Koma led the way in 18:11.3, while Maryse Mbenoun (fifth, 19:19.0), Kya Johnson (sixth, 19:21.4), Pamela Milano (seventh, 19:25.2) and Ludjenie Mondesir (ninth, 19:39.7) weren’t too far behind.

Lubna Suied paced Cowley College with an individual title, beating the rest of the field to the finish line in 18:05.27. With that low stick in hand, the Tigers followed with three more runners in the top-25, topped by Karissa Glover in 10th at 19:42.55.

NJCAA DI No. 3 Colby CC ended up third, while NJCAA DI No. 15 Dodge City CC and NJCAA DI No. 4 Hutchinson CC rounded out the top-5.

In Other Action … From Saturday

Here are a few notable meets that happened on Saturday.

Conference USA Championships


Charlotte made it look easy.

Middle Tennessee didn’t leave itself much room for error.

Whatever the case might be, the 49er men and the Blue Raider women walked out of the 2020 Conference USA Cross Country Championships with their respective genders’ team titles.

Charlotte, led by individual champion Nickolas Scudder, put its entire scoring lineup in the top-11 and scored 31 points. Once Paul Arredondo finished second, the rout was on as the 49ers beat runner-up Middle Tennessee by 43 points.

In the women’s race, the Blue Raiders tip-toed a dangerous line by only starting five runners – but all five of those runners finished, including four in the top-5. Joice Jebor earned runner-up honors, while Eusila Chepkemei, Faith Rono and Mercy Chepkurui finished behind her in that exact order, third through fifth. Once Francisca Jebor crossed the finish line in 17th place, the celebration could finally start.

Sun Belt Conference Championships


Arkansas State‘s women had to work to win back-to-back titles.

South Alabama‘s men came out of relative obscurity to snag their first conference title since 2014.

Arkansas State and Appalachian State were locked in a barnburner through four runners in the women’s race. The Red Wolves held a slim 27-28 edge after Lila Peters narrowed the gap for the Mountaineers. Sarah Trammel then put Arkansas State’s hopes on her shoulders and brought another crown back to Jonesboro when she out-kicked Faith Younts, Appalachian State’s next finisher, by 1.5 seconds.

South Alabama was picked fifth in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll – but ran like champions throughout the 8K race on Saturday. The Jaguars put their entire scoring lineup in the top-11 (No other team had more than three runners in that same regard), led by a third-place effort by freshman Collin Yego.

Gulf South Conference Championships


Once presumptive individual champions Christian Noble and Celine Ritter, both of Lee (Tenn.), took commanding leads of their respective races on Saturday at the Gulf South Conference Championships, the true competition could start to decide the team champions.

Depth won out on both sides, as the Alabama Huntsville men and the Lee (Tenn.) women – led by Ritter – each put four runners in the top-10 and topped the podium once the dust settled. The Chargers went 3-4-7-8-11 for 33 points, beating the Flames by nine; Lee (Tenn.) crossed 1-4-6-9-12 for 32 points and turned away Mississippi College by 21 points.

Lone Star Conference Championships


West Texas A&M‘s men and Dallas Baptist‘s women both won their respective gender’s team titles at the Lone Star Conference Championships on Saturday in a rout.

In the men’s race, the Buffs took four of the top-10 spots, which included a 2-3-4 finish by Innocent Murwanshyaka, Butare Rugenerwa and Arnaud Taki (Nicodemus Rotich of Texas A&M Commerce won the individual title). Add in a ninth-place effort by Harry Louradour and a 13th-place finish by Briggs Wittlake and West Texas A&M totaled 31 points, 41 fewer than runner-up Oklahoma Christian.

It wasn’t as close in the women’s race as the Patriots went 2-3-5-6-9 for 25 points and a 60-point win over runner-up West Texas A&M. Madison Brown and Marissa Isianna led the way for DBU in second and third, respectively, behind a record margin of victory by Florance Uwajeneza of West Texas A&M (Uwajeneza won by 1 minute, 28 seconds).