Eight Women’s and Four Men’s Teams; Four Individuals Earn Spots in the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships

 

Twelve ACC teams set to compete in NCAA Cross Country Championship Saturday

Syracuse, Virginia capture regional titles in men’s competition; ACC leads all conferences with eight teams in women’s field

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference will be well represented at this weekend’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, with eight women’s teams and four men’s teams participating. The championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Syracuse and Virginia earned automatic berths to the men’s championship after claiming regional titles while Florida State and North Carolina also earned berths in the 31-team field.

The Orange, led by top-10 finishers Martin Hehir (6th), Joel Hubbard (7th) and Dan Lennon (8th), captured the Northeast Regional by three points over Providence. The Cavaliers were paced by top-15 finishers Adam Visokay (6th), Kyle King (7th) and Zach Herriott (11th) en route to claiming the Southeast Regional title by a four-point margin over Furman.

NC State’s Sam Parsons qualified automatically as an individual based on his fourth place finish in the Southeast regional.

An NCAA-best eight ACC teams secured berths in the women’s championship following their regional performances. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 were tied for second with five teams each in the NCAA championship.

ACC teams qualifying for the women’s championship are Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles, led by individual champion Colleen Quigley, finished second at the South Regional while North Carolina, paced by individual champion Anne LeHardy, placed third at the Southeast Regional.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana State on Nov. 23 at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men’s race will begin at noon ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m.

A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast on NCAA.com. 

 

Syracuse Men Win Northeast Regional, Women Place Fourth

BRONX, N.Y. - The No. 3 Syracuse men's cross country team won its fifth NCAA Northeast Regional Championship in six seasons on Friday, despite resting a pair of its top runners for next weekend's NCAA Championships.

Without Max Straneva and Justyn Knight – who were the Orange's second and third runners at the ACC Championship – the Orange racked up 45 points in its first race at the 10k distance this season.

Junior Martin Hehir once again led the Orange, cruising to a 6th-place finish overall (30:36.12), with teammates Joel Hubbard (7th/30:36.73), Dan Lennon (8th/30:38.07) andMJ Erb (9th/30:38.41) right on his heels. Colin Bennie rounded out the Syracuse scoring with a 15th-place finish (30:43.68).

The No. 22 Syracuse women took fourth overall, with junior Margo Malone once again leading the way for the Orange.

Malone completed the 6k course in 20:19.57, which was good for fifth place. Maura Linde (21:02.48/25th), Jessie Petersen (21:03.90/26th), Rebecca Skodis (21:22.22/41st) and Sydney Leiher (21:35.04/57th) rounded out the 'Cuse scoring.

 

Seminole Harriers Are NCAA Bound

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams are headed to next week’s NCAA Championships, securing their spots among the top 31 women’s and men’s teams nationally automatically with runner-up finishes at Friday’s NCAA South Region Championships.

Florida State senior Colleen Quigley successfully defended her South Region title, covering the 5,875-meter course at Apalachee Regional Park in 19:17 – a new course record - pulling away from Tennessee’s Chelsea Blaase over the final 1,000 meters.

Quigley led a trio of Seminoles in the top seven – followed by seniors Pippa Woolven (fifth, 19:47.90) and Linden Hall (19:55.40) – in the 196-runner, 29-team field. The Seminoles, however, saw their streak of four consecutive region titles end by the narrowest of margins at the hands of Vanderbilt, 52-53.

With Tyler Udland, Jack Goodwin and Zak Seddon showing the way at the front of a 160-runner, 22-team field, the Seminole men will be moving on to Terre Haute. FSU trailed only champion Ole Miss at the finish, separated by a 52-94 final margin.

Udland, a graduate student in his lone season of eligibility with the Noles, was the overall runner-up in 30:17.20 over the 9,981-meter course. Auburn’s Ty McCormack won in a course-record time of 30:08.30. Goodwin was sixth in 30:20.70, while Seddon came home 15th in 30:55.70. All three earned All-Region honors, which were presented to the top 25 finishers.

By finishing second, the Seminole avoided a nerve-wracking wait to see if they would be awarded one of 13 at-large berths, and they did it by holding off a hard charge by third-place Auburn, which finished with 106 points.

 

BC Women Take Fifth At NCAA Northeast Regional Championship

BRONX, N.Y. – Boston College women’s cross country competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 14 in New York. Senior Liv Westphal was the Eagles’ top finisher in the women’s 6k, completing the Cortlandt Park course in 20:16.02, good for fourth place overall.

Westphal automatically qualifies to move on to the NCAA Championship race in Terra Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

BC’s second finisher was junior Danielle Winslow, who crossed the finish line at 20:50.18 in 17th place. Winslow improved by 67 places from her performance in last year’s meet on the same course.

Westphal and Winslow earned All-Region honors for their performances in this afternoon’s race.

 

UNC Men and Women Earn At-Large Bids To NCAA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Annie LeHardy took the overall individual title at the NCAA Southeast Regional to help the women’s team take third overall with 94 points and earn an at-large bid for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The men’s team finished in third place with 87 points led by senior Ryan Walling and also earned an at-large bid.

Lianne Farber stuck with the main pack for most of the race and still finished in the top-10 placing eighth at 20:31.92. Karley Rempel finished 24th overall at 20:56.09 as the third-best Tar Heel. True freshmen Hannah Christen and Caroline Alcorta finish 26th and 35th respectively.

Walling took ninth overall with a strong performance running 30:21.2 to lead the men’s team.Stephen Mulherin, who’s had a breakout year, took 15th overall at 30:30.8. Pat Schellberg, John Raneri and Scott Morgan went 20-21-22 to finish as the last three scoring spots for the Tar Heels. Schellberg finished at 30:47.8, Raneri at 30:49.2 and Morgan, with a new PR, at 30:50.2.

The men’s team narrowly earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships as the 30th team out of 30. The men will compete in the Championship meet for the second consecutive year.

 

Virginia Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Qualify For NCAA Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Virginia men's and women's cross country teams qualified for next week's NCAA Cross Country Championships with strong performances Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The Cavalier men won their second Southeast Region championship in the past three years, while Virginia finished second in the women's race.

The results mark the second consecutive year that both teams earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. It is also the seventh time both the Virginia men and women qualified for the NCAA Championships in the same season, having also accomplished the feat in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

The 28th-ranked Cavalier men captured the title by defeating three other nationally ranked squads. Virginia won the meet with 75 points, edging second place Furman with 79 points. North Carolina (87 points) was third, followed by Eastern Kentucky (107) and NC State (142).

The 14th-ranked Cavalier women earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships as the Southeast Regional runner-up. Virginia finished with 82 points, just behind champion William & Mary (74 pts) and ahead of ACC rivals North Carolina (94), Virginia Tech (97) and NC State (106).

 

Hokie women earn at-large berth to NCAA Championships

 Out of 330 women's teams that started the 2014 cross country season with the goal of winning a national championship, only 31 have the possibility to obtain that goal and will compete at the 2014 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Virginia Tech women's cross country team is one of those 31 teams.

At the NCAA Southeast Regional, the Hokies were three points short of upsetting No. 11 and ACC Champion North Carolina. It was this performance and their performances throughout the season that allowed Tech to be one of the 13 teams to receive an at-large bid to the meet. This will be the Hokies’ second-ever appearance at the championships, with their last appearance being in 2006.

The process for selection involves a review of regular-season competition and finish at the regional championships. Eight total teams from the ACC, the most representation of any conference in the NCAA, will be represented at national meet.

The men’s team finished sixth overall at the meet led by Stuart Robertson who posted a 17th place finish in the men’s 10K race with an overall time of 30:37.6. Behind him was Patrick Joseph in 25th place with a time of 30:56.1.

 

NC State Women Earn At-Large Berth to NCAA Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Senior Joanna Thompson and redshirt sophomore Sam Parsons earned the right to compete at the NCAA Championships thanks to a stellar showing at the 2014 Southeast Regional Championship in Louisville, Ky. on Friday.

The NCAA Championships will be held on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind., at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Thompson ran a time of 20:25.10 in the 6k race to finish fourth, while Parsons ran another career-best time in the 10k race with a 30:16.9 pace, breaking his previous record by four seconds. Parsons also ran a career-best in the 6k race at the ACC Championships on Oct. 31, in Earlysville, Va.

Both squads finished fifth, respectively, at the championships; the men totaled 142 points while the women completed the race with 106 points.

 

Irish Women, Men Finish Sixth at NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Notre Dame women's cross country team figured it would need to finish among the top six at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday at the Zimmer Championship Course to secure a bid to next week's NCAA Championships in Terre Haute.

The Irish fell exactly where they thought they needed to, paced by all-region performances from juniorsMolly Seidel (4th, 19:59) and Danielle Aragon (25th, 20:45). Now all that is left to do is wait.

Seidel bested her 6K time from the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship race by 12 seconds in her homecoming to Wisconsin, while Aragon shaved off three seconds. Emily Frydrych (37th) clocked in at 20:59, Karen Lesiewicz (49th) completed the race in 21:11 and Katie Moran came in at 21:48. Taylor Driscoll (93rd, 21:48) and Sydni Meunier (101st, 22:07) rounded out the Irish finishers.

The Irish women won't know their fate until Saturday, when the at-large decision process is complete. Meanwhile, Seidel has already qualified as an individual.

In the men's 10K, Michael Clevenger led the Irish to a sixth-place team finish with a sixth-place showing of his own (30:22), earning all-region recognition and an individual at-large bid to the national meet. Jake Kildoo (39th, 31:03), Timothy Ball (40th, 31:07), Jacob Dumford (54th, 31:23) and Chris Marco (66th, 31:35) made up the Irish top five.

 

Louisville Men Finish Eighth, Women 10th at NCAA Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Edwin Kibichiy and Ernest Kibet medaled and Emily Bushey finished in the top 30 to pace the University of Louisville cross country team at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday at E.P `Tom' Sawyer State Park.

Kibichiy finished second with a career-best 10K time of 30:13.9, while Kibet finished third and crossed at the 30:16.4 mark to help the men to an eighth-place finish. Bushey finished in 29th place behind a career-best 6K time of 21:01.8 to lead the women to a 10th place finish. The men competed in a field of 33 teams and the women a field of 38.

Japhet Kipkoech finished in 34th place with a time of 31:05.6, while Jonathan Reynolds crossed in 84th with a career-best 10K time of 31:59.4. Andrew Stewart clocked a time of 32:26.7 to finish 108th.

Benadate Cheruiyot finished in 44th place in the women's race with a time of 21.17.0, while Kelsie Schwartz crossed in 69th with a career-best 6K time of 21:41.9. Senior Megan Klein finished just over eight seconds after Schwartz, crossing at the 21:45.5 mark to place 77th.

 

 

 

Pitt Cross Country Performs Well At Regionals

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Competing at the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday, Nov. 14 only two hours away at Penn State, the Pitt men’s and women’s cross country teams had their best showings at the meet since at least 2006.

Both teams took advantage of a familiar course to rake in their best finishes in years at the meet. Earlier this season, Pitt competed at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State back on Sept. 13, with the women running the 6K course and the men running the shorter 8K.

Pitt’s women finished 11th, while the men took 12th place this season. Both were considerable improvements compared to last year’s results when the women were 14th and the men were 16th.

For the women, it was their best finish as a team since 2004, when Pitt placed eighth in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Panthers have quickly climbed up the standings at the regional meet each of the past four seasons, having gone all the way from 26th in 2011 to 18th in 2012, 14th in 2013 and three spots higher still this year.

 

Wake Forest Men Finish 10th at NCAA Southeast Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wake Forest wrapped up its 2014 season with a 10th-place finish out of 33 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

Sophomore Jacob Poyner led the Demon Deacons, finishing the 10k course in 31:34.3 for 51st place. It marks the second time this season that Poyner has been the first Deacon across the finish line.

Seniors Alexander Rose, Connor Crowley and Kyle Graves, competing in their final collegiate cross country meet, were second, third and fourth on the team respectively on Friday.

Rose took 62nd in 31:42.0, while Crowley was 73rd in 31:50.1. Graves finished in 32:00.0 for 87th place.

 

Georgia Tech’s Greenwald Earns NCAA South All-Region Honors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Jeremy Greenwald earned NCAA South All-Region Honors as the Georgia Tech men's and women's teams finished sixth and 11th, respectively, Friday at the 2014 NCAA South Regional Championships at Apalachee Regional Park.

Greenwald paced the Georgia Tech men with a 20th-place finish and 10K time of 30:59 to mark the second-straight year Greenwald received NCAA South All-Region Honors.  He earned the recognition at last year's regionals as a junior with a 24th place finish overall.

The Georgia Tech men finished in sixth place, four spots better than last year, out of 22 teams with 241 total points.

Zane Coburn (31:32, 41st), Brandon Lasater (31:40, 47th), Nahom Solomon (31:45, 55th) and Alex Grady (32:31, 95th) rounded out the top finishers for the Yellow Jacket men.

The Yellow Jacket women finished 11th, four spots better than last year, out of 29 teams with a total of 321 points.

Senior Kelly Meyer continued to excel on the course, crossing the line first for Tech in a time of 20:35 and 30th place out of 196 runners. Senior Katie Townsend (20:58, 54th), sophomore Haley Keadey (21:12, 73rd place), sophomore Melissa Fairey (21:18, 79thplace) and senior Allison Brackin (21:23, 89th) rounded out Tech's top five point scorers. Junior Caroline Kissel (21:37) ran solid for Georgia Tech as well.

 

Clemson Men Take 16th, Women 17th at NCAA Southeast Regional

CLEMSON, S.C. — The cross country season came to a close for both of Clemson’s teams Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Louisville, Ky. The Tiger men were 16th (of 33) as a team and the women 17th (of 38) at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Roland Hakes led all runners individually, finishing 49th overall in the men’s 10K. He posted a time of 31:20.7. Next closest behind him in the men’s competition was Aaron Ramirez, who crossed the finish line 64th in his final cross country race as a Tiger. Also scoring on the afternoon were Josh Davis(103rd), Chris Cummings (117th) and Evan Abdullah (119th).

In the women’s 6K, Grace Barnett took home Clemson’s top honor. She was 62nd overall and crossed the line with a time of 21:36.9. Natoya Goule was the team’s No. 2 runner Friday, posting a 74th-place finish in 21:47.5. The final three scorers for the Tigers were Catherine Herring (100th), Evie Tate(110th) and Madison Huffman (148th).

 

Duke Harriers Conclude Season at Regionals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Duke men’s cross country team sent four competitors to the 2014 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship in Louisville, Ky., Friday afternoon. The 10-kilometer contest was held at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Duke was represented at this season’s regional championship by seniors Phil Fairleigh and Brian Schoepfer and juniors Blake Udland and William Hague.

For the fourth time this season, Udland led the Blue Devils, crossing the finish line in 56th place with a 10K time of 31:29.4. Friday’s contest marked Udland’s fifth start for Duke this year. The Short Hills, N.J., native moved through the field following the 3K mark, improving on his position by 15 places over the final 7K.

 

Wake Forest Women Finish Ninth at NCAA Southeast Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wake Forest wrapped up its 2014 season with a ninth-place finish out of 38 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

All-ACC performer Samantha Jones paced the Demon Deacons, finishing 34th overall out of 257 runners. Jones completed the 6k course in 21:08.4.

Freshman Cate Allen was not far behind Jones in her first NCAA competition. Allen took 40th place in 21:12.4.

Junior Kathleen Darling finished 10 seconds behind Allen in 21:22.2, taking 53rd place.

 

BC Men’s XC Competes At NCAA Regional Championships

BRONX, N.Y. – Boston College men’s cross country competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 14 in New York. Sophomore James Zingariniwas the Eagles’ top finisher in the men’s 10k, completing the Cortlandt Park course in 31:58.9, good for 85th place overall.

BC’s second finisher was sophomore Tyler Hanson, who crossed the finish line at 32:42.27.

Rounding out the top five finishers for the Eagles were senior James Newhouse(32:50.66), senior Richard Lucas (33:01.86), and junior Nicholas Denari (33:05.67).