UNC cross country team finishes 16th and 13th in NCAA Southeast Regional

13 November, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • UNC cross country team finishes 16th and 13th in NCAA Southeast Regional

Utah Valley men's cross-country senior Tyson Lambert received an automatic individual bid to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on November 18, in Louisville, Kentucky, in the national championship selection field released Saturday afternoon.

Junior Emily Hamblin crossed the line at 20:38.5 in 40th, 5.6 seconds before senior Izzi Batt-Doyle in 44th.

With three of the top four finishers, the Portland Pilots won the NCAA Division I West Region men's cross country championship on Friday, securing an automatic bid to next weekend's NCAA Championships.

Freshman Jodie Judd, on the women's side, was the top finisher on either side for the Seminoles. Hassan Abdi led the way, finishing second overall.

Kigen, a product of Eldoret, Kenya, clocked a 19:46.2 in the 6k, an improvement from her 20:23.4 ran on the same course at the Crimson Classic.

Nevertheless, Neale was happy with the performance of the team, who are expected to qualify through the at-large bids on Saturday. The Midshipmen really bought into what we needed to do to win.

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"Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan", remarked head coach Al Cantello after the meet.

Andrew Sell (31:21.8) and Bobby Hill (31:33.8) rounded out scoring for Penn State while Ben Bumgarner (32:00.8) and Billy McDevitt (32:16.7) competed for the Blue & White finishing 78th and 97th, respectively.

"We leave here with our third-straight Mid-Atlantic Championship for the women and a top-five finish for the men". Fifth place went to unranked California, who stunned the fans with their incredible race and could make regionals if pushed in by Washington. Junior Megan Cunningham finished 12th in 20:29.87, sealing her slot along with Schweizer on the NCAA All-Midwest Regional team. "We've been practicing for 10K all year long and we got an opportunity to do what we knew we could".

"We came in ranked sixth in the region so it was good that we held position", Huber said.

OR finished with 149 points, behind Portland (63), Washington (65) and Stanford (85).

Receveur finished first at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship Friday in Terre Haute, Indiana, earning a spot as an individual at next week's NCAA National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. On Saturday afternoon, they officially became the first.

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