Recap: 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Championships

Welcome to Regional Championships Saturday!

We’re about to find out which teams earn automatic bids – and those who must rely on at-large berths – to the upcoming 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Friday, December 2, at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.

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We’ll keep track of which teams earned automatic bids to the Evergreen State in the table below.

NCAA DII Cross Country Automatic Team Qualifiers

Men’s AQs
Women’s AQs
No. 11 Charleston (W.Va.)
No. 17 Charleston (W.Va.)
Lock Haven
No. 8 Missouri Southern
No. 15 Neb.-Kearney
No. 9 Augustana (S.D.)
No. 5 Augustana (S.D.)
No. 15 Pittsburg State
No. 14 Minnesota State
RV Southern Connecticut
Franklin Pierce
Roberts Wesleyan
Southern New Hampshire
Roberts Wesleyan
No. 3 Grand Valley State
No. 16 Saginaw Valley State
No. 13 Walsh
No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 6 Cedarville
No. 21 Wayne State (Mich.)
No. 6 Lee (Tenn.)
No. 10 Mississippi College
No. 27 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
No. 11 Lee (Tenn.)
No. 30 Palm Beach Atlantic
South Central
No. 1 Colorado School of Mines
No. 12 Colorado Christian
No. 7 Western Colorado
No. 1 Adams State
No. 3 Colorado School of Mines
No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs
No. 4 Wingate
RV Augusta
Anderson (S.C.)
No. 9 Wingate
Anderson (S.C.)
No. 5 Chico State
No. 17 Western Washington
No. 28 Azusa Pacific
No. 8 Cal State Stanislaus
No. 13 Chico State
No. 12 Biola (Calif.)

South Central Region


Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 1 Colorado School of Mines, No. 12 Colorado Christian, No. 7 Western Colorado

Colorado School of Mines proved why they are the top-ranked team in the nation.

The Orediggers had no difficulty capturing their fourth consecutive regional title, taking six of the top-9 places and finishing with 25 points (1-4-5-7-8). Dillon Powell of Colorado School of Mines ran away with the individual title in 29:43.1 to finish 45.8 seconds ahead of runner-up Afewerki Zeru of UC-Colorado Springs. Chris Cathcart (fourth) and Luke Julian (fifth) were the next Orediggers to finish, followed by Paul Knight (seventh) and Steven Goldy (eighth) to round out their scoring lineup.

No. 12 Colorado Christian was the clear runner-up in the team standings with 59 points after having all of their scorers finish in the top-18. Josh Pierantonio paced the Cougars with his third-place finish in 30:35.3, while Matthew Storer came in sixth for a top-10 finish.

No. 7 Western Colorado (103), No. 14 UC-Colorado Springs (126) and No. 25 West Texas A&M (170) rounded out the top-5, followed by sixth-place CSU Pueblo and seventh-place No. 2 Adams State.

Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 1 Adams State, No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs

Five points decided the South Central Region title.

No. 1 Adams State held off a strong challenge from No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, 67-72, to capture their 10th consecutive regional crown. Brianna Robles (sixth), Precious Robinson (eighth) and Stephanie Cotter (ninth) posted top-10 finishes as the Grizzles went 6-8-9-20-24. Colorado School of Mines held a 40-43 advantage over Adams State through four runners after going 5-7-13-15, but didn’t see their fifth scorer come across until 32nd place.

No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs (84) captured the third automatic bid, followed by fourth-place No. 16 CSU Pueblo (106) and fifth-place No. 10 Western Colorado (127).

Florence Uwajeneza of West Texas A&M captured the individual title in 21:08.6 for a two second victory over teammate Eleonora Curtabbi (21:10.6), with Layla Almasri of UC-Springs placing third (21:20.7).

Central Region


Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 8 Missouri Southern 70, No. 15 Neb.-Kearney 72, No. 9 Augustana (S.D.) 99

It was a close finish here as six ranked teams battled it out. No. 8 Missouri Southern edged No. 15 Nebraska-Kearney by 2 points, 70-72, for the team title. No. 9 Augustana (S.D.) claimed the third AQ spot, finishing third with 99 points. No. 20 Pittsburg State (127) and No. 30 Washburn (157) rounded out the top-5..

Gideon Kimutai led the Lions’ attack, winning the individual title in 29:09.4 – 2.8 seconds ahead of Pittsburg State’s Matthew Oglesby. Missouri Southern had three top-10 finishers.

Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 5 Augustana (S.D.), No. 15 Pittsburg State, No. 14 Minnesota State

With eight ranked teams in the field, everyone knew this would be a great battle. No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) made sure that battle was for second, winning its third-straight regional title in convincing fashion. The Vikings placed two in the top-10 and had all five scorers in the top-21 to win with 62 points.

Then came the race for the other two AQ positions. No. 15 Pittsburg State (120) and No. 14 Minnesota State (127) earned those, with No. 23 Nebraska-Kearney (146) and No. 19 Winona State (151) rounding out a top-5 that had No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth (154) and No. 27 Northwest Missouri (155) close behind.

Individual honors went to Winona State’s Lindsay Cunningham, who defended her title by 43.6 seconds in 19:34.8 over Augustana’s Nicolette Schmidt. Schmidt was third here the last two years.

Midwest Region


Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 3 Grand Valley State, No. 16 Saginaw Valley State, No. 13 Walsh

No. 3 Grand Valley State – led by a 2-3 finish from Tanner Chada and Caleb Futter – cruised to its 20th-straight regional crown, scoring 58 points. No. 16 Saginaw Valley State (113) and No. 13 Walsh (118) earned the next two AQ positions, just ahead of No. 18 Michigan Tech (121) with No. 21 Illinois-Springfield (130) also in contention.

Zach Kreft of Walsh won the individual 10k race by 2.9 seconds in 30:45.4. Chada was runner-up for a second-straight year after being third in 2019.

Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 2 Grand Valley State, No. 6 Cedarville, No. 21 Wayne State (Mich.)

It’s 22 regional titles in a row now for No. 2 Grand Valley State, going 1-2-3 in scoring 31 points for a dominating victory. No. 6 Cedarville (73) and No. 21 Wayne Valley State (Mich.) (112) earned the other automatic-qualifying berths. No. 25 Saginaw Valley State (157) and RV Southwest Baptist (178) completed the top-5, which saw two other ranked teams looking up.

Klaudia O’Malley led the Lakers’ onslaught, covering the 6k course in 21:19.2 as teammates Lauren Kiley (21:28.7) and Natalie Graber (21:29.2) complete GVSU’s sweep. Two weeks ago at the GLIAC Championships, Graber led Kiley with O’Malley third as GVSU scored a perfect 15.