In the region: Virginia Tech men get NCAA cross country bid

Schweizer wins Midwest Regional cross country championship

The women's side will find out Saturday whether it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

The individual trip to the national championship race comes on the heel's of Lambert's All-Region selection with a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional race that featured the nation's top-ranked Northern Arizona among seven nationally ranked opponents.

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. Neale also finished as the Huskies top women racer for the ninth straight race. Brophy clocked in three-tenths of a second ahead of his teammate at 30:49.9, while Donley posted a time of 30:50.2. Collison led the way with a 30:55.4 result, while Murray was 2.0 seconds back at 30:57.4.

"Morgan Ilse is going to be a star over the course of the next 18 months or so, and we're hopeful that she can get an individual at large berth to nationals", head coach Mark VanAlstyne said. The Midshipmen really bought into what we needed to do to win.

The Ducks finished with 92 points, behind victor San Francisco with 59 points and runner-up Stanford with 76 points.

Junior Nicole Goecke placed 102nd in her first NCAA West Regional race in 21:39.4.

In total, 180 runners competed in the men's 10k championship race. Senior Colby Gilbert had the highest finish in fifth with a time of 29:43.4, half a second in front of senior Andrew Gardner in seventh (29.43.9).

Also scoring for the Ducks were Cooper Teare (23rd, 29:59.3), Blake Haney (32nd, 30:13.1), Reed Brown (42nd, 30:20.3) and Austin Tamagno (46th, 30:32.0). "We've been looking to build a team like this for a long time".

"Honestly, coming in, we all knew we were capable of this", he said. "We learned a great deal today and will be better next year because of it". It went as planned for them most part. The ladies were a little better than that, but nowhere near where we are now.

With 63 points, the Pilots edged Washington by two points for first place. Alabama had three of the top four finishers, led by victor Gilbert Kigen. The individual victor of the men's race was Portland's Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse, who finished nearly six seconds in front second place.

Lucki will now prepare for the 2017 NCAA Championship meet held on Saturday, November 18 in Louisville Kentucky.

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