Recap: 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Regional Championships Friday

Welcome to Regional Championships Friday!

We’re about to find out which teams earn automatic bids to the upcoming 2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 19, at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Remember that you can watch the action from the Sooner State without interruption LIVE on ESPNU beginning at 10 am ET.

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Keep reading to learn more about a jam-packed day of cross country.

NCAA DI Cross Country Automatic Qualifying Teams

Region
Men’s AQs
Women’s AQs
Great Lakes
No. 8 Wisconsin*
No. 13 Notre Dame
No. 5 Notre Dame*
No. 25 Ohio State
Mid-Atlantic
No. 11 Villanova*
RV Georgetown
No. 13 Georgetown*
No. 29 West Virginia
Midwest
No. 6 Tulsa*
No. 4 Oklahoma State
No. 3 Oklahoma State*
No. 30 Northwestern
Mountain
No. 2 New Mexico*
No. 9 Utah
No. 3 Northern Arizona*
No. 2 BYU
Northeast
No. 10 Syracuse*
No. 22 Harvard
No. 18 Providence*
No. 26 Syracuse
South
No. 20 Tennessee*
RV Ole Miss
No. 7 Alabama*
No. 24 Florida State
South Central
No. 22 Arkansas*
No. 30 Texas
No. 23 Arkansas*
Texas
Southeast
No. 12 North Carolina*
No. 19 Virginia
No. 1 NC State*
No. 15 North Carolina
West
No. 1 Stanford*
No. 26 Gonzaga
No. 11 Stanford*
No. 10 Oregon

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

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

Great Lakes Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 25 Ohio State

Olivia Markezich set the tone.

Notre Dame followed suit.

Markezich led the fifth-ranked Irish to the team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships, as her individual crown in 19:54.1 led to a dominating performance. Notre Dame followed with its entire scoring lineup – its next four runners – in the top-15, including two more in the top-10. That gave the Irish 34 points and its second regional title in a row.

No. 25 Ohio State, paced by Addie Engel’s runner-up finish in 19:57.8, secured the other auto bid to the NCAA Championships ahead of No. 21 Michigan, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 22 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes, who will be making just their fourth trip to NCAAs in program history, finished with 111 points, while the Wolverines (116), Spartans (124) and Badgers (129) weren’t too far behind.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 13 Notre Dame

Team running highlighted the Men’s 10k Championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Four different programs had two or more athletes in the top-13: No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 28 Michigan and Butler. But it was the eighth-ranked Badgers with the most, as they sent six across the finish line from No. 8 to No. 13 within 0.8 seconds of each other.

Wisconsin topped the standings with 36 points, 28 fewer than runner-up No. 13 Notre Dame (64). The Wolverines ended up third with 82 points, followed by the Bulldogs with 84. Barry Keane and Jesse Hamlin guided Butler with their 1-2 finish on Friday (Keane got the win at 29:38.3; Hamlin took runner-up honors in 29:51.2).

Mid-Atlantic Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 13 Georgetown, No. 29 West Virginia

Back-to-back titles for the Hoyas.

No. 13 Georgetown romped to the team title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships after placing four runners in the top-10. The Hoyas went 2-5-6-10-14 for 37 points with Maggie Donahue pacing the team with her runner-up finish. No. 29 West Virginia took second in the team standings to capture the second auto bid to the NCAA Championships. The Mountaineers scored 75 points behind an individual title from Ceili McCabe in 19:58.3.

Finishing in third was Penn with 106 points, followed by fourth-place Princeton (114) and fifth-place Penn State (143).

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 11 Villanova, RV Georgetown

Liam Murphy and Villanova got the job done in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Murphy led the 11th-ranked Wildcats to the team title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships, as he took home top individual honors in 29:52.6 for a 11.5 second victory. Villanova placed their remaining scores in the top-12 for 36 points, with Marco Langon (fourth) and Charlie O’Donovan (eighth) posting top-10 finishes.

Georgetown secured the second auto bid for the NCAA Championships with their runner-up finish. The Hoyas were led by a 2-3 punch from Parker Stokes and Sean Laidlaw, respectively, and scored 58 points to top third-place No. 17 Princeton (73). Rounding out the top-5 is La Salle in fourth (116) and Pittsburgh in fifth (127).

Midwest Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 30 Northwestern

Oklahoma State bided its time on Friday.

After all, the Cowgirls had waited seven years since their last regional title.

Once Oklahoma State dropped the hammer at 5k, nobody else could keep up. The Cowgirls, led by a 2-3 finish by Natalie Cook and Taylor Roe – who were given identical times of 20:11.9 – gapped the field over the final 1k en route to a comfortable 30-point win over No. 30 Northwestern, 58-88. Oklahoma State’s No. 3 through No. 5 runners were 16-17-20.

The Wildcats punched just their third ticket to the NCAA Championships in program history, first since 2002. Northwestern packed up well throughout the race, finishing 8-13-15-25-27. Behind the Wildcats was Bradley in third, Iowa State in fourth and Minnesota in fifth.

Olivia Howell of Illinois earned top individual honors ahead of Cook and Roe in 20:02.9.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 6 Tulsa, No. 4 Oklahoma State

A tiebreaker decided the men’s team champion on Friday.

No. 6 Tulsa’s front-end depth topped No. 4 Oklahoma State’s overall depth, as the former earned a 3-2 advantage when both teams finished with 49 points. The Golden Hurricane went 3-4-5-6-31 with 0.8 seconds separating those athletes compared to the Cowboys’ 1-7-12-13-16. Isai Rodriguez gave Oklahoma State that No. 1 placement with his individual title in 29:40.1.

This was Tulsa’s second regional title in program history, coupling with the crown it won three years ago.

Finishing behind the Golden Hurricane and Oklahoma State was No. 27 Iowa State with 73 points in third, followed by Loyola (Ill.) with 156 in fourth and Wichita State with 184 in fifth.

Mountain Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 2 New Mexico, No. 9 Utah

This Battle Royale had five (!) top-10 teams fighting for just two AQ spots.

No. 2 New Mexico – an AQ every year since 2010 – left no doubt about the first position, winning its fourth regional title convincingly with 56 points.

The real fight came for the coveted second AQ position. No. 9 Utah needed a tiebreaker to earn the second AQ over No. 4 Northern Arizona, as both scored 103 points. The Utes went 7-10-17-33-36 to combat NAU’s 2-18-19-25-39. The order of finish of middle runners proved pivotal in the close result. Finishing 17th was Utah’s No. 3 runner, Keelah Barger (20:35.3), while NAU’s Nos. 2 and 3 followed in 18th (Jesselyn Bries 20:36.5) and 19th (Bryn Morley 20:37.1).

At-large berths to the nationals will have plenty of additional prospects from this region as No. 20 Colorado State was fourth with 121 points, ahead of No. 8 Colorado (135) and No. 6 BYU (144).

Individual honors went to Everlyn Kemboi of No. 27 Utah Valley. Kemboi clocked 19:47.6 to beat NAU’s Elise Stearns by 8.1 seconds.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 3 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU

It’s always competitive in the Mountain Region.

Enter version 2022.

No. 3 Northern Arizona rode a 1-2 finish to reclaim the regional crown from No. 2 BYU. The Lumberjacks – two-time reigning national championships who’ve won five of the past six national titles – scored 43 points to hold off the Cougars, who defeated NAU in this meet last year. BYU scored 54 points, nailing the second AQ spot to this year’s NCAA Championships.

NAU finished strongest up front, with Nico Young edging teammate Drew Bosley by 0.1 seconds in 28:01.8 for the individual title. Montana State followed in third and fourth with Duncan Hamilton and Matthew Richtman, respectively. BYU’s Brandon Garnica and Casey Clinger were fifth and sixth, respectively, as the Cougars matched NAU with three top-10 finishers.

Third place went to No. 9 Colorado with 97 points, just ahead of No. 5 Air Force with 104 points. No. 21 Montana State was fifth with 123 points

Northeast Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 18 Providence, No. 26 Syracuse

The No. 18 Providence Friars took the Northeast Region women’s title for the first time since 2017. With 71 points, placing its five runners in the top 25, they held off No. 26 Syracuse (91 points) for the title.

Harvard’s Maia Ramsden won the individual title, spanning the 6k course in 20:20.6, five seconds ahead of Syracuse’s Savannah Roark. Providence’s Jane Buckley came third while UMass Lowell’s Kenzie Doyle placed fourth.

Columbia, finishing third with 99 points, took places 5-6-7 with Victoria Patterson, Phoebe Anderson, and Elia Ton-That.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 10 Syracuse, No. 22 Harvard

The No. 10 Syracuse Orange captured its tenth title in 13 tries with a balanced squad that scored its five in the finishing top 25 to score 65 points. Nathan Lawler was Syracuse’s top finisher at sixth with Paul O’Donnell (8th) and Noah Carey (11th) coming close behind. 

No. 22 Harvard captured the runner-up spot with Graham Blanks and Acer Iverson taking the top two spots in the race. Blanks covered the 10k course in 29:14.1 with Iverson at 29:19.7, leaving a seven-second gap to third-place finisher Tyler Berg of Columbia.

Cornell, Providence, and Iona took spots 3-4-5 with only two points separating the bunch. Cornell’s Perry MacKinnon placed fourth as an individual. Providence’s Marcelo Rocha was fifth.

South Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 7 Alabama, No. 24 Florida State

Alabama continues to make big waves this year, winning the team title after its first SEC crown since 1987.

The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide went 2-3-4-5 in compiling a 34-point total, with No. 24 Florida State earning the second AQ spot with 88 points. Rounding out the top-5 were RV Ole Miss (124), RV Lipscomb (131) and Tennessee (144).

Individual honors went to Florida’s Parker Valby, who took off after the first mile split to win comfortably in 19:17.2. That was 17.9 seconds ahead of Bama’s top trio, led by Amaris Tyynismaa in 19:35.1. Hilda Olemomoi and Mercy Chelangat – last year’s runner-up and 2020 champion – followed less than a second behind.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 20 Tennessee, RV Ole Miss

Tennessee earned its first automatic qualifying spot since 2002, when the Volunteers last won the South Region.

The No. 20 Vols were led by a 2-3 punch of Yaseen Abdalla and Dylan Jabobs, but followed up with three others in the top-20 to score 39 points. Ole Miss – three-time defending champs but only receiving points in the latest National Coaches’ Poll – claimed the second AQ with 69 points, just ahead of No. 16 Alabama (73). Florida State (134) and Auburn (204) rounded out the top-5.

Alabama’s Victor Kiprop continued his undefeated season, winning in 29:21.2. He was 7.4 seconds ahead of the Vol duo of Yaseen Abdalla and Dylan Jacobs, who were separated by just a tenth of a second. Jacobs was the NCAA DI track 10k champ in June while at Notre Dame.

South Central Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 23 Arkansas, Texas

For the 11th consecutive year, Arkansas is regional champion.

The 23rd-ranked Razorbacks put four runners in the top-10, led by individual champion Isabel Van Camp in 20:01.9, and romped to victory with 49 points. Once Mary Ellen Eudaly crossed the finish line in 21st place, Arkansas could celebrate yet another trip to the NCAA Championships.

Texas will join the Razorbacks in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as it took second with 102 points. The Longhorns were followed in the standings by LSU (154), Texas A&M (156) and SMU (169).

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 22 Arkansas, No. 30 Texas

Arkansas is back on top for the first time since 2018.

The 22nd-ranked Razorbacks edged two-time defending champion No. 30 Texas for the team title in College Station, Texas, 49-55. Arkansas received the ultimate low stick from Patrick Kiprop in 30:04.9, who was nearly 16 seconds ahead of Isaac Alonzo, who gave the Longhorns the second-best stick of the morning. Arkansas followed with the third- and fourth-place finishers in Elias Schreml (30:28.4) and Jacob McLeod (30:29.7), while Haftu Knight handed Texas its second finisher in fifth place (30:32.0) as the top-5 finishers were sorted.

From there, it was anybody’s guess as to who’d win the regional title as the Longhorns put five across the threshold before the Razorbacks. However, Arkansas’ top-end depth – three in the top-4 – gave the perennial powerhouse the edge and its seventh crown since 2013.

Texas A&M (108), Arkansas State (228) and Tulane (244) rounded out the top-5.

Southeast Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 1 NC State, No. 15 North Carolina

NC State made it look easy, going 1-2-3 in scoring 25 points for a sixth-straight regional title.

The top-ranked Wolfpack were led by Katelyn Tuohy, whose time of 19:49.1 put her 9.5 seconds ahead of teammate Kelsey Chmiel (19:58.6). Samantha Bush completed the 1-2-3 sweep in 20:08.0. Chmiel was the NC State’s top runner when the Wolfpack won the national title last year and Tuohy – undefeated this fall – was the 5000-meter champion in June’s NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Bush was NC State’s crucial fifth runner in last year’s national championship run.

No. 15 North Carolina earned the second team AQ with 76 points as No. 12 Virginia was third with 109 points. No. 28 Furman (133) and RV Duke (188) rounded out the top-5.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 12 North Carolina, No. 19 Virginia

Don’t pay attention to those national rankings!

This incredible competition found No. 12 North Carolina winning its first-ever regional title, scoring 61 points as No. 19 Virginia (83) earned the second AQ – its first since 2016. Third place went to defending champion No. 7 Wake Forest (88), followed by No. 15 NC State (96) and Duke (135).

The Tar Heels were led by runner-up finisher Parker Wolfe and were helped immensely by Patrick Anderson, whose sixth-place finish made UNC the only squad with multiple top-10 finishers.

Nickolas Scudder of No. 30 Charlotte won the individual race, clocking 29:42.8 to best Wolfe by 1.8 seconds. Scudder has only lost once this year – to South Region winner Victor Kiprop of Alabama in September.

West Region

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Women’s 6k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 11 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon

No. 11 Stanford captured its third-straight regional championship, scoring 76 points to runner-up No. 10 Oregon’s 96. The top Cardinal was Zofia Dudek who finished third overall. The remainder of Stanford’s scoring crew positioned 21st or better, paced by Lucy Jenks’ 15th-place showing.

The Ducks were led by Izzy Thornton-Bott who placed fourth and Maddy Elmore who took 12th.

Winning the race was Oregon State’s Kaylee Mitchell who jumped into the lead by the 5k split and took the crown in 19:19.2, 2.5 seconds ahead of Portland’s Laura Pellicoro. Pellicoro climbed four spots in the last kilometer to assure an automatic qualifying spot for Stillwater.

Men’s 10k Championship

Automatic Qualifying Teams: No. 1 Stanford, No. 26 Gonzaga

No. 1 Stanford once again stood above them all, taking the West Region crown ahead of a competitive field with five other nationally ranked foes. The Cardinal, with four finishing in the top eight, scored just 45 points. Pac-12 individual champion Charles Hicks took third, while teammates Ky Robinson, Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau, and Devin Hart finished just six seconds behind.

Gonzaga, entering the event No. 26 nationally and fifth regionally, shuffled the deck by taking runner-up honors and an automatic qualifying spot. The Zags, with 92 points, were led by Wil Smith who placed fourth and Yacine Guermali who took seventh. 

No. 14 Washington placed third with 105 points as Brian Fay claimed the individual title in 28:17.2, two seconds ahead of Aaron Bienefeld who led No. 18 Oregon to a fourth-place showing. In its first year of full membership in NCAA Division I, No. 25 California Baptist took fifth.