NCAC Weekly Release (11-17-14) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (11-17-14) - Cross Country

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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, this Saturday, November 22nd. The top two teams from each regional automatically qualified for the national meet, while at-large berths were also awarded for 16 other teams, selected by the national committee. Aside from runners who are part of the qualifying teams, eight individuals from each gender also qualified from each region.

In the men’s Great Lakes Regional race, also hosted at The Golf Center at Kings Island, Wabash was crowned regional champions for the second year in a row after the Little Giants placed all five of its scoring runners in the top-15 to finish with 46 points, which was 89 points better than second-place Mount Union (135).

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). In addition, the Allegheny men competed at the Mideast Regional in Newville, Pennsylvania, and finished ninth overall with 275 points.

The Little Giants, who will making their fifth-consecutive appearance at the national meet, were led in the regional race by senior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) who finished fifth overall in the individual standings with an 8k time of 24:41.2.

The Oberlin Yeowomen also earned an automatic berth into the national championship race after finish second overall at the Great Lakes Regional with 73 points.

The Yeowomen will be making their sixth-straight trip to the national meet, led by senior Emma Lehmann (San Francisco, CA/Urban) who finished second overall for the second year in a row at the Great Lakes Regional with a time of 21:23.5 on the 6k course.

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.

In addition, six NCAC student-athletes have individually qualified to compete in the national race after posting strong performances at the regionals.

On the men’s side, Oberlin will send a pair of junior runners to the national meet after Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) and Joshua Urso (Washington, PA/Trinity) finished third (24:29.3) and 13th (24:50.8), respectively, at the Great Lakes Regional. Also earning an automatic berth from the Great Lakes Regional was Ohio Wesleyan freshman John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman), who finished fourth overall with a time of 24:39.9. In addition, Allegheny junior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) secured his ticket to the national meet by finishing fourth overall at the Mideast Regional with a personal-best time of 25:05.5.

There will also be two NCAC women competing as individuals at the national meet, including Allegheny senior Marisa Brown (Littleton, CO/Heritage) and Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon). Brown finished 11th overall at the Mideast Regional with a 6k time of 22:24.2, while Fowler was ninth at the Great Lakes Regional with a time of 22:08.0.

For more information on the NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championships, visit www.ncaa.com.