NCAA Cross Country ACCtion: Saturday, November 12

Nov. 12, 2011

NCAA South Regional

Men's Standings: 1. Florida State (40 points); 6. Georgia Tech (232 points).

Women's Standings: 1. Florida State (34 points); 17. Georgia Tech (481 points).

Broom, Broom! Seminole men and women sweep NCAA South Region cross country titles

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - As he watched Florida State runners David Forrester, Mike Fout and Breandan O Neill stream across the finish line - 1-2-4 - coach Bob Braman felt confident his Seminoles were on their way to an NCAA South Region title.

"We're excited to be back to where we think we belong - to be a region champion and a potential top 10 team," Braman said, after the Seminoles captured their first regional title since 2006, Saturday at the Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course. "We're back in the mix."

Karen Harvey's Florida State women, ranked No. 1 in the country, spent the better part of their 6-kilometer race running as a pack, about 10 seconds off the lead pace set by three Florida runners. Assured of no worse than an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship entering the race, the Seminoles were able to bide their time to the end.

That's when the trio of Amanda Winslow, Hannah Brooks and Violah Lagat authored a thunderous kick, overwhelming the Florida trio with 300 meters remaining, en route to a 1-2-3 sweep. The Seminoles placed all seven runners in the top 20, running away with a second consecutive NCAA South Region title.

Jackets Take Sixth, 17th at NCAA South Regionals

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Georgia Tech men's and women's cross country team took sixth and 17th respectively at the NCAA South Regional Championships held at Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course on the campus of the University of Alabama, Saturday.

D.J. McMillan earned the top spot among Tech runners in his final race as a Yellow Jacket crossing the line in 25th place with a time of 31:51.2. McMillan was named to the NCAA South All-Region team for his top-25 finish.

The top woman to cross was Mary Kownack, who has been pacing the Jackets for the majority of the year with a 71st place finish in 22:21.6.

All of the men's runners finished in the top-100 in the race that saw 159 competitors.

NCAA Southeast Regional

Men's Standings: 1. NC State (68 points), 4. Virginia Tech (161 points), 5. North Carolina (162 points), 6. Duke (197 points), 9. Virginia (238 points), 13. Wake Forest (394 points), 17. Clemson (422 points).

Women's Standings: 1. Virginia (107 points), 2. NC State (113 points), 3. North Carolina (133 points), 4. Clemson (147 points), 5. Duke (178 points), 6. Virginia Tech (199 points), 13. Wake Forest (414 points). 

Men's Cross Country, Ryan Hill, Win NCAA Regional Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ryan Hill won his second postseason championship race in a row Saturday, leading NC State to the team championship at the NCAA Southeast Regional at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

In the women’s race, NC State lost in a photo finish to ACC rival Virginia, which won the race with a team score of 107 points. The Wolfpack was six points back with 113.

The top two teams in each NCAA Regional receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. This year marks the NC State men’s sixth consecutive appearance at nationals, their 16th in the last 17 years, and their 23rd overall.

This will be the NC State women’s 27th appearance at the NCAA Championships, the most of any school in the nation. The Wolfpack women will be appearing at nationals for the 15th time in the last 17 years.

Virginia Women Repeat as NCAA Southeast Regional Champions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 21 Virginia women's cross country team won its second consecutive NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and third in four years Saturday morning at Louisville's E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The Cavaliers finished with 107 points, defeating ACC rivals NC State and North Carolina, who finished second and third with 113 and 133 points, respectively. With the win, the Cavalier women earn an automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships for the fourth-straight year. This will mark Virginia's sixth trip to NCAAs in the past seven years and 12th appearance overall.

"Our women were phenomenal today," director of track and field/cross country Jason Vigilante said. "Coming here to Louisville, we knew we would be competing for our third regional title in four years. This was a special opportunity and our women were well prepared and got the win. It was a team effort and the fourth-years stepped up and led the day. I am so proud of this team and the effort they gave, on to Terre Haute!"

The Virginia men finished ninth overall with 238 points and were led by senior Mark Amirault (Walpole, Mass.), who earned All-Southeast Region honors and earned an automatic individual berth at the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in a 10K time of 29:58.3.

Kendra Schaaf Wins NCAA Regional Title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Kendra Schaaf added another win to her belt as she took first place individually and led the women's team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Saturday at the University of Louisville. Sophomore Jake Hurysz and senior Adam Cunningham added two more All-Region honors with their top-25 finishes, while Hurysz will become the first Tar Heel male to make the NCAA Championships since 1997.

Schaaf, who took second at the meet in 2010, was in the lead pack the entire race and took first in the 6k distance with a time of 19:52.9- more than 10 seconds ahead of second-place Lydia Kosgei of East Kentucky. While the women did not receive an automatic bid to the national meet next week, their third-place performance Saturday and their top performances earlier in the season should be enough to earn an at-large bid, which will be announced Sunday night.

Hurysz took seventh with a time of 30:11 to lead the men's team. He is the first male to qualify from Carolina for the NCAA Championships since All-America John Klein qualified in 1997. Cunningham also had a strong race, taking 17th in 30:36 to help the men's team take fifth overall- a big improvement from their ninth-place finish in 2010 and the highest finish ever for the Tar Heel men at the meet.

Clemson Women Fourth at NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Clemson women's cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, the program's highest finish at a regional meet since the 1993 squad placed third. The Tigers were just 14 points behind North Carolina and will now await word on a potential at-large NCAA bid. Clemson's women have not advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships since that 1993 season. The NCAA is expected to announce the 30-team field on Sunday by 8:00 PM.

Virginia won the women's team race with 117 points, followed by NC State with 113. North Carolina had 133 points to Clemson's 147. The Tigers entered the meet with a No. 4 regional ranking, so they held down their spot against a competitive field on Saturday.

Three runners received all-region honors on Saturday, including a pair of seniors from the women's team in Alyssa Kulik and Kim Ruck. It was the second straight season both were named to the all-region squad. Kulik finished in eighth place, her best showing of the season. She posted a time of 20:34.3 over the 6,000-meter course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park.

Morgan Finishes Sixth at NCAA Southeast Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Madeline Morgan will represent Duke at the 2011 NCAA Championships after posting a sixth-place finish Saturday in the women's 6K at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky. Morgan, who earned All-ACC honors two weeks ago at the conference championships, continued her standout season with a top-10 showing in the field of 240 runners.

Morgan notched a personal-best time of 20:28.3 on the 6K course to lead the Blue Devil women to a fifth-place finish out of 35 teams. Senior Suejin Ahn joined Morgan in collecting All-Southeast Region honors with a 24th-place finish in a personal-best 21:02.2.

In the men's 10K race, senior Andrew Brodeur captured All-Southeast Region honors for the second time in his career while leading Duke to a sixth-place showing. The Brick, N.J., native posted a top-25 finish, taking 22nd in a personal-best time of 30:49.3.

Hokie men place fourth, women sixth at NCAA Southeast Regional 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Redshirt junior Will Mulherin placed fifth individually to earn All-Region honors and a place in the NCAA National Championship as the Virginia Tech men’s cross country team placed fourth and the women finished sixth at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship hosted by Louisville today at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. In addition, redshirt junior Michael Hammond placed 19th to earn All-Region (top-25) honors for the men and sophomore Madalyn Nuckols was 23rd to earn All-Region accolades for the women.

Mulherin’s fifth place finish of 29:59.9 for the 10 kilometer race automatically qualifies him as an individual for the NCAA National Championship Meet on Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams in each race for all of the nine regions automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship, along with the top-four individuals on non-qualifying teams. 13 teams and two individuals from across the nation also receive at-large bids, for a total of 31 teams and 38 individuals who will compete at the NCAA Meet.

Drogosch, Irving Pace Deacs at NCAA Southeast Regionals

LOUISVILLE, KY. - The Wake Forest men's and women's cross country teams each finished in 13th place at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday morning at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in their final races of the season.

For the men's squad, junior Garret Drogosch paced the Deacs with a 37th-place finish overall in a time of 31:10.4 on the 10k course. This meet marked the first time all season that the men's squad has run a distance other than 8,000 meters.

Junior Nate Guthals had a terrific race on the day, finishing second on the team and 81st overall in a time of 32:11.8 to complete his top performance of the season.

Finishing third for the Deacs and 90th overall was senior Paul Loeser in 32:22.4, while fellow senior Tom Morrison finished fourth on the squad and 91st overall with a time of 32:24.0.

Also competing for the Deacs in the Southeast Regionals was sophomore Alexander Rose (32:29.0), junior Tom Finneran (32:41.6), and junior Jake Graham (32:45.3).

Sophomore standout Nicole Irving paced the Demon Deacon women, just as she has done all season, finishing 14th overall in a time of 20:42.4 on the 6k course. Irving was just four seconds shy of achieving a new personal-best time, as she ran a 20:38.1 at the ACC Championships in October.

NCAA Northeast Regional

Men's Standings: 14. Boston College (418 points).

Women's Standings: 2. Boston College (127 points).

WXC Headed to Nationals, MXC Makes Noise at Northeast Regional

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The No. 18 Boston College women’s cross country booked its ticket to the NCAA Championship with a second place finish behind 127 team points, its best since 2006, at the Northeast Regional on Saturday at the Audubon Golf Course. The men produced also strong regional outing to earn a final regional standing with a 14th place finish on 418 points, both program bests since 2007.

Senior Jillian King blazed the way for the women’s troop with a 21:04.0 clip over six kilometers, taking 10th out of 243 athletes, and junior Jordan Hamm burned through the men’s 10K course in 32:18.2 for 29th in a field of 240.

Leonard Korir of Iona claimed the men’s individual crown in 31:10.4, while Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth won the women’s race in 20:25.3. Syracuse won both team titles. The 29th ranked men totaled 54 points and No. 9 women tallied 116 points.

On the women’s side, freshman Liv Westphal crossed the line in 19th place to score second for Boston College. The native of Limoges, France, finished second among all rookies with a time of 21:20.5 in her first regional meet.

NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Men's Standings: 9. Maryland (261 points).

Women's Standings: 9. Maryland (312 points).

Punyua, Fricke Earn All-Region; Lead Terrapins to ninth place for men, women

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Freshman Kikanae Punyua earned a likely all-region honor by finishing 20th individually and leading Maryland to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by UMES.

On the women's side, Julie Fricke finished 13th individually to earn all-region status Saturday and lead the Terrapins to ninth in the team standings.

Punyua was the second freshman to the line in the field, covering the men's 10K course in 31:07.3. The Terrapin freshman from Nairobi, Kenya, ended up as Maryland's No. 1 runner in each of his events this season.

Junior Tyler Stump was the second Terrapin across the line, finishing 47th overall in 31:49.1. Freshman Nick Regan was 66th in 32:14.2, with Noam Neeman just behind in 32:16.2. Craig Morgan was Maryland's final scorer, placing 76th in 32:29.0.

Alex Willett (103rd, 33:10.0) and Theo Dorsman (114th, 33:22.1) also ran for the Terrapins.

The Terrapins finished with 261 points and in ninth in the 25-team field.