Recap: 2021 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships

Champions were crowned on Saturday at the 2021 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships!

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The meet was held at the Abbey Golf Course in Saint Leo, Florida!

Keep reading below to find out what happened in the Sunshine State.

2021 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Score
Women’s Team
Score
No. 2 Grand Valley State
43
No. 1 Adams State
59
No. 3 Adams State
84
No. 2 Grand Valley State
79
No. 1 Colorado School of Mines
123
No. 3 Augustana (S.D.)
118
No. 4 Augustana (S.D.)
222
No. 5 Colorado School of Mines
197
No. 9 UC-Colorado Springs
254
No. 8 Wingate
208

Men’s 10k Championship

Grand Valley State is back on top.

The Lakers romped to its second national title in program history, and first since 2018, with 43 points. Finishing in second was Adams State with a score of 84, followed by Colorado School of Mines in third (123) and Augustana (S.D.) in fourth (222) to round out the podium finishers. UC-Colorado Springs came in fifth (254).

Grand Valley State was extremely strong up front as Isaac Harding and Tanner Chada finished first and second, respectively, in 29:58.3 and 30:07.1. Andrew Hylen finished in 12th and Enael Woldemichael was two spots behind in 14th to give the Lakers four in the top-14. Jacob Lee finished in 21st to round out GVSU’s scoring-five.

What started as a three team race between Adams State, Colorado School of Mines and Grand Valley State began to turn into GVSU’s favor at the 4.3k split. Momentum began to shift in favor for the Lakers at the 8k mark as they jumped to a 22 point lead over the Grizzlies before going on to win by 41 points.

It was a GLIAC sweep of the top-3 individual spots, as CarLee Stimpfel of Saginaw Valley State finished in third (30:09.0) behind Harding and Chada. Rounding out the top-5 finishers was Dylan Ko of Colorado School of Mines in fourth (30:19.3) and Isaiah Rodarte of Adams State in fifth (30:26.3).

Women’s 6k Championship

Adams State got out in front early and held on for the win.

The Grizzlies captured their second-straight NCAA crown – and 19th title overall – as they beat the Lakers by 20 points, 59-79. Augustana (S.D.) was a clear third with 118 points, followed by Colorado School of Mines in fourth with 197 to claim the final podium spot. Wingate placed fifth with 208 points for their best finish in program history. 

Adams State placed four among the top-15 as Brianna Robles came across first for the Grizzlies in sixth, followed by Franziska Althaus in 10th, Precious Robinson in 11th and Morgan Hykes in 15th. Nicole Lawrence rounded out the Grizzlies’ scoring contingent, coming across in 21st to seal the win.

It wasn’t a walk in the park for Adams State. Grand Valley State began to surge in the second half of the race thanks to Hannah Becker and Klaudia O’Malley moving to the front of the pack. The Grizzlies got out to the lead from the gun and were ahead of the Lakers by 64 points at the 3k split. That lead shrunk to 35 points at the 4.3k mark before shrinking even further to 11 points going into the final 1k. Strong pack running and a 37.1-second spread gave the Grizzlies the lift they needed to hold off the Lakers and win the national title.

In the individual race, the Laker duo of Becker and O’Malley went on to finish first and second, respectively. Becker captured the individual title in 20:22.0, with O’Malley earning runner-up honors in 20:26.9. Fatima Alanis of Queens (N.C.) came in third (20:28.1), followed by Celine Ritter of Lee (Tenn.) in fourth (20:30.5) and Lara Orrock of Wingate in fifth (20:35.8).