Meet Recap: 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships

Champions were crowned on Friday at the 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships!

The meet was held at Chambers Bay Regional Park in University Place, Washington, as part of the quadrennial DII Festival.

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Individual and team titles were won by the same program on each side for the first time since 2014: Dillon Powell led top-ranked Colorado School of Mines to the men’s crown; Stephanie Cotter paced top-ranked Adams State to a historic triumph in the women’s race.

This was the final Championship of the collegiate cross country season.

2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships – Final Results

Men’s Team
Women’s Team
No. 1 Colorado School of Mines
No. 1 Adams State
No. 3 Wingate
No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 6 Colorado Christian
No. 3 Colorado School of Mines
No. 2 Grand Valley State
No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs
No. 4 Chico State
No. 5 Augustana (S.D.)

Men’s 10k Race

Dillon Powell set the tone.

His Colorado School of Mines teammates followed suit.

Powell capped a dominant, undefeated season on Friday, as he covered the 10k tract at Chambers Bay Regional Park in 29:28.0 to win by 19.1 seconds over now two-time runner-up Tanner Chada of Grand Valley State. It was all but a coronation for Powell, who pulled away halfway through the race and extended his lead with each stride. Powell erased memories of a DNF at last year’s Championships in Saint Leo, Florida, with his victory.

Behind Powell’s ultimate low stick, the top-ranked Orediggers crushed the competition. Colorado School of Mines set a meet record for margin of victory, winning by 134 points over No. 3 Wingate (Emporia State previously held the all-time best of 130 points from 1963). The Orediggers put all seven runners in the scored top-30, led by a 1-3-10 finish by Powell, Duncan Fuehne (third, 29:48.3) and Loic Scomparin (10th, 30:06.5).

Wingate led the best of the rest behind Colorado School of Mines with 177 points, followed by No. 6 Colorado Christian in third with 191 points and defending champion Grand Valley State in fourth with 209 points. Both the Bulldogs and the Cougars set program best for finishes at the Championships (Wingate only made its second appearance in meet history).

Women’s 6k Race

Stephanie Cotter and Adams State are a perfect match.

All Cotter and the top-ranked Grizzlies know to do is to win — and win big.

Cotter romped to her second career individual title at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships, as she traversed the 6k course at Chambers Bay Regional Park in 19:45.2. The Adams State star, who also took top individual honors back in 2019, won by 42 seconds over Lindsay Cunningham of Winona State.

With Cotter well-ahead, the rest of Adams State’s runners settled into place. The Grizzlies put three in the scored top-15 – two in the top-5 thanks to Brianna Robles in fourth place at 20:44.9 – and two more in the scored top-25 for a total score of 75 points. That was more than enough to outdistance runner-up and second-ranked Grand Valley State, which amassed 126 points.

This is Adams State’s third consecutive national title and gave head coach Damon Martin his 35th overall and 20th in women’s cross country. Martin is the third to win 20 or more national titles in a single sport in NCAA history, joining Kenyon women’s swimming coach Jim Steen and North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance. To add to that, Martin is now one title away from tying current Texas A&M coach Pat Henry for the fourth-most combined national titles in NCAA history (36).

The rest of the top-5 followed the same order in which the teams entered the NCAA Championships: No. 3 Colorado School of Mines finished third with 164 points, followed by No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs with 184 points and No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) with 218 points.