NCAA regional cross country: UNI makes strong showing at regional meet

Iowa State Oklahoma State Sweep Midwest Region

With the win, the men secured a spot at the NCAA National Championships Saturday, Nov. 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.

This includes cold, windy conditions, like the ones at the Lavern Gibson Cross-Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Friday, or the fact that both teams have slipped in the national rankings as the season has progressed. "The look on their faces after the race will stick with me for a lifetime".

This will be the third straight year and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that Villanova earns a team bid to the national championships. Fifth place went to unranked California, who stunned the fans with their incredible race and could make regionals if pushed in by Washington. Little did we know how talented and how strong this team would be. "We've been looking to build a team like this for a long time". "It was definitely a different strategy and a different level of energy exertion".

UVa's Frances Schmiede finished seventh, earning an automatic bid to the national meet as one of the top four individuals not on State or Furman.

Junior Sophia Racette finished 64th (21:22.56), senior Jamie Kempfer finished 67th (21:25.33) and junior Hannah Thomas placed 71st (21:27.81).

"I feel good and I'm really happy to say that I'm going to the championship, because I didn't feel like it was going to happen", Kigen said. "I just try to block out all the negative stuff and ignore it".

The Oregon men (fourth place) and women (third place) are positioned to be selected for the national meet, but must await the Saturday announcement of at-large bids to the nationals. Princeton was the Mid-Atlantic Regional victor with 57 team points.

"Thomas was outstanding up front for us and as the men's region representative", Burns said. The final scoring runner for the Wildcats was junior Nicole Hutchinson (West Vancouver, B.C.) in 17th place (20:31.8), followed by senior Katie Fisher (Uxbridge, Ont.) in 20th (20:36.2) and graduate student Maria Seykora (Broomall, Pa.) in 36th (21:00.3).

With the top-five finishes by both the men's and women's teams, Penn State earned points towards the Learfield Directors' Cup Standings.

"For Katherine, her strategy in this race was very important as she gets ready for her next challenge", Helmer said.

It would be the men's race though that made this a great day for the Huskies.

The 299 acres of Yellowwood State Forest was auctioned off Thursday morning for just over $108,000.

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