All 10 North Coast cross country squads continued their seasons on Saturday at NCAA regional events, with nine teams competing at the Great Lakes Regional in Mason, Ohio, and Allegheny participating at the Mideast Regional in Big Springs, Pennsylvania.
The 2014 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Wilmington College at The Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, next Saturday, Nov. 22.
Wabash earned the men's team title at the Great Lakes Regional for the second year in a row with 46 points to earn an automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Championship field, while the Oberlin women finished second in the Great Lakes Regional race with 73 points to also earn an automatic berth into the national championship race for the second year in a row.
The Little Giants, who will be making their fifth consecutive appearance at the national meet, were led by senior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) who finished fifth overall in the individual standings with an 8k time of 24:41.2. The Yeowomen will be making their sixth-straight trip to the national meet and were led by senior Emma Lehmann (San Francisco, CA/Urban) who finished second overall for the second year in a row with a time of 21:23.5 on the 6k course.
Following Wabash in the final men's standings at the Great Lakes Regional was Ohio Wesleyan in seventh (231), DePauw in eighth (260), Oberlin in 11th (293), Wooster in 17th (496), Denison in 19th (556), Kenyon in 21st (652), Wittenberg in 24th (701) and Hiram in 37th (1187).
Oberlin was followed in the women's standings at the Great Lakes Regional by DePauw in seventh (221), Ohio Wesleyan in ninth (248), Denison in 13th (335), Wooster in 15th (437), Kenyon in 19th (526), Wittenberg in 33rd (891) and Hiram in 35th (1117).
In addition, the Allegheny women finished fourth overall at the Mideast Regional with 170 points and the men's team finished ninth overall with 275 points. Junior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) automatically qualified to compete in the men's national race next weekend after he finished fourth overall in the individual standings with a personal-best time of 25:05.4, while the Gator women's team will anxiously await the NCAA selections to see if they earn one of the at-large bids into the national championship.
The NCAA will announce at-large bids for teams and those individuals who qualified automatically for the national championship race tomorrow (11/16) afternoon. For more information, you can visit the NCAA website at www.ncaa.com.