Recap: 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Regional Championships Saturday

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 III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 19, at the Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan.

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

NCAA DIII Cross Country Automatic Team Qualifiers

Region
Men’s AQ
Women’s AQ
East
No. 2 MIT
No. 7 MIT
Great Lakes
No. 14 John Carroll
No. 25 John Carroll
Metro
No. 13 Haverford
No. 35 Widener
Mid-Atlantic
No. 11 Carnegie Mellon
No. 4 Johns Hopkins
Mideast
No. 7 Williams
No. 11 Williams
Midwest
No. North Central (Ill.)
No. 2 Wartburg
Niagara
No. 21 SUNY Geneseo
No. SUNY Geneseo
North
No. 10 UW-Whitewater
No. 8 Carleton
South
No. 8 Emory
No. 16 Lynchburg
West
No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

If you want to find out what happened in those ten Regional Championships, you’re in luck!

Scroll below to learn more about an exciting day of racing.

East Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 2 MIT

No. 2 MIT wasn’t even challenged.

The second-ranked Engineers romped to victory in the men’s race on Saturday, taking six of the top-8 places and finishing with 21 points (2-3-4-5-7). Tyler Morris of Colby ran away with the individual title in 24:55.6, but Andrew Mah (second), Sam Acquaviva (third) and Matthew Kearney (fourth) crossed the threshold in an identical 25:25.6 with Pablo Arroyo (fifth) and Henry Hardart (seventh) not too far behind to give MIT a meager 8.6-second spread.

No. 30 Bates shook up the team standings with its runner-up finish at 72 points. The Bobcats didn’t have an athlete in the top-10, either, but went 11-12-13-15-21 for their scoring five.

No. 17 Colby (82), No. 31 Tufts (116) and Bowdoin (166) rounded out the top-5.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 7 MIT

No. 7 MIT made quick work of the women’s race on Saturday.

The fourth-ranked Engineers put three athletes in the top-6 – its entire scoring lineup in the top-15 – as they rolled to victory with 36 points. MIT entered the meet as the top-ranked team in the region and proved why over the 6k distance.

No. 16 Bates, led by individual champion Jillian Richardson in 21:41.1, took second in the team standings with 64 points. The Bobcats were a clear runner-up, as they were 78 points ahead of third-place Brandeis, which finished with 142 points. No. 28 Tufts (145) and RV Bowdoin (172) rounded out the top-5 teams.

Great Lakes Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 14 John Carroll

Six nationally-ranked teams entered the fray for the Great Lakes region’s men’s championship at West Ottawa Golf Club in Holland, Michigan.

Defending national champion Alex Phillip of No. 14 John Carroll hit all the greens — so to speak — and cruised to the regional title, covering the 8k grounds in 23:56.5, over 26 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Simon Heys of Wilmington (Ohio). 

Phillip led his Blue Streaks to its second-straight region title as his four-scoring teammates all turned in top-20 showings, compiling a score of just 48 points. Barrett Scheatzle and Joe Backus accounted for top-10 finishes, going 6-7.

No. 15 Case Western was the runner-up team with 65 while No. 35 Mount Union took third at 107 and No. 20 Otterbein was fourth at 114.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 25 John Carroll

Entering the regional, five of the Great Lakes teams were clustered together in the nation’s top five. In other words, it was a classic toss up.

On this Saturday morning, No. 25 John Carroll seized the day, winning the team regional crown to earn the automatic qualifying spot to the national championship. The Blue Streaks, led by fourth-place-finishing Erica Esper scored 81 points, topping No. 23 Calvin — who placed three in the top 12 — by 25.

Hope’s Anastasia Tucker was the individual victor, covering the 6k course in 20:53.8, 20 seconds ahead of Claire Walters of Franciscan. Tucker led her team to a third-place finish.

Metro Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 11 Haverford

It wasn’t even close.

No. 11 Haverford rolled to the team title in the Metro Region, going 1-2-5-6-7 for just 21 points, 53 fewer than runner-up Swarthmore. Ryan Kredell took top individual honors in 25:23, just ahead of runner-up and teammate Aaron Bratt in 25:25. Jamie Moreland (fifth, 25:40), Peter Buckley (sixth, 25:44) and Nathaniel Leighninger (seventh, 25:47) rounded out the scorers.

Moravan (87), TCNJ (121) and Rowan (165) ended up third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 35 Widener

Widener showed why it was the only nationally-ranked program in the Metro Region.

The 35th-ranked Pride cruised to victory with 61 points, as they went 1-4-14-19-23. Gabriella Nye led the way with the individual title in 22:50, four seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Conhoff of Ursinus.

Swarthmore (97), Stockton (127), TCNJ (136) and DeSales (145) rounded out the top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 11 Carnegie Mellon

No. 11 Carnegie Mellon came ready to race, winning a second-straight title in surprisingly easy fashion over No. 9 Johns Hopkins. The Tartans went 2-3-4-5 in scoring 22 points, beating the Blue Jays by 38 points. Carnegie Mellon had all five scorers in the top-10 as their top-5 spanned a tight 15.5 seconds.

Third place went to RV Messiah with 113 points, as Dickinson (126) and Marywood (156) completed the top-5.

Gavin McElhennon of Johns Hopkins was the individual champ, covering 8k in 25:02.8 – 7.1 seconds ahead of Carnegie Mellon’s group that was led by Elijah Sech.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 4 Johns Hopkins

No. 4 Johns Hopkins has a new region to dominate. Now in the Mid-Atlantic Region in D3’s 10-region setup, the Blue Jays continued to fly along for a second-straight title after 12-straight in the old Mideast Regional.

Led by overall winner Alex Ross, Johns Hopkins was dominant as usual, placing all five scorers in the top-15 in scoring 40 points for 72-point victory over unranked Carnegie Mellon (112). That winning margin was just more than last year, when Johns Hopkins triumphed with 68-point margin.

Scranton claimed third with 155 points ahead of No. 26 Dickinson (170) and Elizabethtown (185).

Mideast Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 8 Williams

Elias Lindgren hit his stride at the right time.

So did his teammates with No. 7 Williams.

Lindgren captured the individual title in 25:03.9, more than 14 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer, and led the Ephs to the regional title on Saturday. He was one of six Williams athletes in the top-15 (the seventh was 16th), as the squad finished with 40 points, 17 fewer than No. 7 RPI. Matthew Lecky gave the runner-up Engineers the second-best low stick at 25:18.2.

No. 18 Middlebury was third with 99 points, followed by No. 29 Connecticut College in fourth with 132 points and St. Lawrence in fifth with 134.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 11 Williams

Genna Girard and Molly Fitzgibbons gave No. 11 Williams two finishers before all but two teams had one. From there, it was off to the races for the Ephs as they put two more in the top-10 and another in the top-25 to win the regional title going away, 47-70, over No. 14 Amherst.

Mary Kate McGranahan gave the Mammoths the second-best low stick of the morning with her runner-up finish in 22:23.4 behind individual champion Morgan Lee of RPI at 22:10.9. Amherst and No. 30 RPI ended up second and third in the team standings, respectively.

No. 33 St. Lawrence took fourth with 128 points, followed by No. 29 Smith with 156.

Midwest Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 3 North Central (Ill.)

Take a look at the most recent National Coaches’ Poll.

That’s how the results played out in the men’s race in the Midwest Region: No. 3 North Central (Ill.) won with 41 points; No. 5 Wartburg took second with 55; No. 22 Loras ended up third with 112 points; No. 24 UChicago was fourth with 113 points; and No. 26 Washington (Mo.) wrapped up the top-5 in fifth with 26 points.

Christopher Collet of Wartburg gave his team the ultimate low stick at 25:04.9, but after he finished, a flock of Cardinals crossed the finish line. North Central (Ill.) had four of the next six athletes to break the threshold, led by individual runner-up Braden Nicholson at 25:06.3.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 2 Wartburg

Three top-10 teams toed the start line on Saturday in Geneva, Illinois.

Only one could be crowned regional champion: No. 2 Wartburg had that honor.

The second-ranked Knights won a hotly contested battle for the team title on Saturday, as they outpointed No. 1 UChicago, 36-45, with No. 6 Washington (Mo.) third with 80 points.

Aubrie Fisher took runner-up honors behind Kassie Parker of Loras to set Wartburg up nicely. Fisher was one of three Knights in the top-10 – five in the top-15. The Wartburg standout didn’t have to wait long for a teammate, as Lexi Brown took third place in 22:01.8.

UChicago fought bravely, putting all of its scoring athletes in the top-15: 4-5-7-14-15. The Maroons were the only program with all seven varsity runners in the top-20.

Finishing behind those top-3 teams were No. 22 Loras (114) and Central (Iowa) (185).

Niagara Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 21 SUNY Geneseo

No. 21 SUNY Geneseo, led by Nick Andrews’ individual title in 24:47.7, steamrolled the field at the Niagara Region Championships with 41 points. The Knights went 6-7-13-14 behind Andrews as they had six athletes across the finish line before any other program registered four.

RV SUNY Brockport (77), NYU (114), Rochester (N.Y.) (149) and Hamilton (152) rounded out the top-5.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 2 SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo made sure nobody would forget why it’s ranked in a tie for second in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll. The Knights narrowly missed a perfect score at the Niagara Region Championships, scoring just 18 points with a 1-2-4-5-6 finish. Kathleen McCarey and Windsor Ardner led SUNY Geneseo on Saturday in first and second place, respectively, at 21:56.5 and 21:58.9.

No. 20 NYU took second with 79 points, followed by Ithaca (155), Rochester (N.Y.) (162) and Hamilton (166) in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

North Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 10 UW-Whitewater

No. 10 UW-Whitewater captured the North team title for the second-straight year with No. 4 UW-La Crosse taking runner-up, 74-82. No. 12 St. Olaf placed third with 108 while No. 28 taking fourth and No. 33 UW-Eau Claire taking fifth. 

The top six individual finishes came from runners of teams that finished in the top three. UW- Whitewater’s Christian Patzka won the event in 24:09.15, nine seconds ahead of UW-La Crosse’s Ethan Gregg. UW-Whitewater’s Gunner Schlender took third while UW-La Crosse’s Isaac Wegner took fourth. For St. Olaf in fifth and sixth, it was Logan Bocovich and Will Kelly.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 8 Carleton

Five nationally-ranked teams battled it out for the North Region’s women’s team crown and No. 8 Carleton was the victor, winning its region for the first time since 2019. With four finishing in the top 10, Carleton’s 41 points was enough to hold off No. 9 UW-La Crosse (64) and No. 12 St. Olaf (66).

Individually, St. Benedict’s Fiona Smith won in a wire-to-wire assault, claiming the regional crown in 20:51.6, 15 seconds ahead of Carleton’s Clara Mayfield.

South Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 8 Emory

Just one point gave No. 8 Emory the all-important victory, securing its spot in the national championships. The Eagles totaled 46 points ahead of defending champion No. 25 Lynchburg’s 47 points. Emory had three top-10 scorers and six in the top-20, with its No. 6 runner helping the Eagles not needing a tiebreaker over the Hornets, who had the edge if it were necessary.

Unranked Berry was third with 103 points, ahead of No. 34 Washington and Lee (122) and Christopher Newport (189).

In the individual race, Sam Llaneza – eighth last year as a freshman – led a 1-2 Lynchburg finish, winning by 6.8 seconds over Frank Csorba. It was the second-straight year a Lynchburg runner claimed the individual crown.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 16 Lynchburg

No. 16 Lynchburg placed all five scorers in the top-10 to claim the automatic qualifying spot with 30 points. No. 30 Emory – last year’s champions – finished second with 48 points as No. 26 Washington and Lee was third with 90 points. Rounding out the top-5 were Christopher Newport (175) and Berry (184).

Emory’s Annika Urban repeated as individual champion, covering the 6k course in 22:29.3 for a victory of 20.5 seconds over Madison Lowery of Pfeiffer. Lynchburg’s Sarah James was third in 22:50.8, leading the Hornets’ swarm of top-10 finishers.

West Region

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Men’s 8k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer

Lucas Florsheim and Pomona-Pitzer took care of business in the West.

Florsheim led the top-ranked Sagehens to the team title behind his individual victory in 24:23.2. Pomona-Pitzer had their athletes finish 1-5-7-10-13 for a total 36 points, beating runner-up No. 16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by 29 points. The Stags scored 65 points as three athletes finished in the top-8, with Henry Pick finishing second in 24:29.3.

No. 19 UC Santa Cruz finished third with 103 points, followed by No. 23 George Fox in fourth with 144 points and Colorado College in fifth with 163 points.

Women’s 6k Championship

Regional Champion: No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps showed how the West (Region) was won.

The Athenas stacked the top-15 with four runners – led by Natalie Bitetti’s individual title in 21:41.3 – and scored 37 points. CMS went 4-5-11-16 behind Bitetti with a 27-second spread.

No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer finished a distant second with 73 points, followed by No. 18 UC Santa Cruz with 112 points, No. 13 George Fox with 121 points and No. 21 Colorado College with 127 points in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.