South Cental Regional Championships
CANYON, Texas — Second-ranked Adams State (28) finished first and Western State (62) finished in second place at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships on Saturday.
Adams State finished 1-2-3 and were led by individual champion Lauren Martin with a time of 21:14.
Tara Richardson was the top runner for the Mountaineers. Richardson finished in fifth place with a time of 21:32.
The top-six teams from Saturday’s race will travel to Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 23 for the national championship. Meaning No. 2 Adams State, No. 3 Western State, No. 17 West Texas A&M (119), No. 7 Metro State (129) , No. 9 Colorado-Colorado Springs (195) and Tarleton State (224).
West Regional Championships
SPOKANE, Wash. — Highlighted by senior Susan Tanui’s individual win, Alaska-Anchorage won the regional title and qualified for the NCAA Division II championships on Saturday at the Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex.
The nationally-ranked No. 4 team captured its fourth crown in five years, narrowly defeating the defending champion, No. 5 Chico State, 76-79. No. 6 Simon Fraser finished third with 94, while Seattle Pacific (137) and Western Washington (157) rounded out the top five.
The top five teams in the race qualified for the NCAA championship.
Midwest Regional Championships
SOMERS, Wis. — Grand Valley State came away with regional championships at the 2013 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course. For the Lakers, it was the 13th consecutive regional crown.
GVSU tallied only 42 points, easily outdistancing GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley in second with 103 points.
Leading the way for the Lakers was Jessica Janecke, who came across the line in second with a time of 21:32 on the 6k course.
Winning the individual title was Ferris State’s Samantha Johnson in a time of 21:22.
Joining the Laker women at the 2013 NCAA Division II national championships will be Saginaw Valley, Hillsdale (132 points) and Lewis (174 points) as the top four teams all earn bids to the championship meet.
Current No. 8, Southern Indiana placed eighth overall.
Central Regional Championships
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — For the fourth time since 2008 — and fifth time ever — Minnesota-Duluth will be paying a visit to the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championships. But in two weeks when the Bulldogs set foot in Spokane, Wash., for the 2013 national meet, they’ll do so for the first time as the NCAA II Central Regional champs.
UMD claimed its inaugural regional title on Saturday afternoon, by placing five runners among the top 26 finishers. That gave the Bulldogs a team score of 72 points — a 38-point margin of victory against runnerup Southwest Baptist and a 44-point cushion against defending champion and host Augustana (S.D.).
UMD, which captured the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference crown two weeks ago at this same course (Yankton Trail Park), will now advance to the NCAA championships along with Southwest Baptist, Augustana (S.D.) and Winona State.
Atlantic Regional Championships
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Edinboro claimed its first NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship since 2007 on Saturday morning, edging Mansfield. The finish was the reverse of the PSAC championships two weeks earlier, when Mansfield outran the Fighting Scots. Edinboro finished with 81 points to defeat Mansfield, who totaled 48 points. Indiana (Pa.) was a distant third with 122 points. A total of 22 teams participated in the regional as first-year head coach Rick Hammer picked up his first regional crown.
As important as the regional win is that the Fighting Scots are now headed back to the NCAA Division II national championships for the second consecutive year.
Four Boro runners earned All-Region honors, led by Sarah Krolick. The senior moved up from fifth place to finish second at the regional. Bloomsburg’s Victoria Davis took home the regional title, covering the 6K course in 20:45.0. Krolick crossed the finish line six seconds later with a time of 20:51.0. She now heads to Nationals looking to repeat as an All-American.
Mansfiled and Indiana (Pa.) will also compete in the national championship.
South Regional Championships
DOVER, Fla. — Tampa continued its NCAA South Region dominance with its seventh consecutive and eighth overall title, winning the team 6K title.
Tampa finished with 37 points, edging Alabama-Huntsville (49) and Nova Southeastern (80). The top three teams all earned a spot in the NCAA championships on Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.
Vicky Winslow from Alabama-Huntsville earned the women’s individual title, winning in a time of 22:04.10. Nova Southeastern’s Alexandria Palm was the runner-up, being clocked at 22:44.30. Lynn’s Gabriella Wuyke and Saint Leo’s Jelena Tancic were third and fourth respectively, each earning a bid to nationals as individuals.
Southeast Regional Championships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wingate won the NCAA Division II Southeast Region team race on Saturday, accumulating 75 points to win the school’s first region team title at McAlpine Creek Park. Flagler was second (107 points) and Columbus State (130 points) was third. Wingate will make its third team trip to nationals, as the Bulldogs finished second in the region in 2004 and 2007.
Wingate freshman Brittany Tretbar was fourth with a 6K time of 22:20.4.
King’s Hannah Witt earned the individual title with a time of 21:45.95.
East Regional Championships
BOSTON — Stonehill emerged victorious at the East Regional Championships on Sunday.
Stonehill placed first with 57 points and strongly out distanced all opponents. Bentley placed second with 105 points and Merrimack came in third with 149 points.
The individual winner for the race came from Bentley, Tara Dooley.