Northern Arizona Cross Country

NCAA DI Cross Country Championship Results; Oregon Shocks Women

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Sporting Alert – Final results from the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.

No. 1 Northern Arizona came here and handled its business on the men’s side, but there were upsets galore elsewhere.

The Lumberjacks, fueled by Futsum Zienasellassie, Matt Baxter and Tyler Day top 20 finish, extended their outstanding form this season at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course by lifting the school’s first-ever cross country national championships.

Zienasellassie took fourth place overall in the 10K race with a time of 29:49.8 to help Northern Arizona tally 125 points for first place in the team race.

Stanford (158), Syracuse (164), Mississippi (196) and Arkansas (206) completed the top five team finishers.

On the Individual side, Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan captured the men’s 10K with a time of 29:22.0.

Tiernan, running his last cross country race in college, pulled away from the pack in the closing 1,000m on his way to beating Syracuse’s Justyn Knight, who ran 29:27.3 for second place.

Defending champion and pre-championship favourite Oregon’s Edward Cheserek was hoping to win his fourth successive NCAA cross Country title, but fell to third place in 29:48.0.

There were also shockers on the women’s side in both the team and individual battles.

In the team race, No. 12 Oregon stunned Michigan and No. 1 ranked Colorado to become the lowest ranked team to ever to win the women’s crown, according to USTFCCCA.

The lady Ducks used two top placings to help score 125 points, one point less than the 5th-ranked Wolverines (126), while top-ranked and overwhelming favourite Colorado was left back in third with 134 points.

No. 2 NC State finished fourth with 223 points, while defending champion New Mexico was seventh with 310 and No. 3 Providence (399) was 13th.

On the individual side, Missouri junior pacer Karissa Schweizer, as she did at the Midwest Regional Championships, used a brilliant final kick to take down Michigan’s Erin Finn in the final 100 meters.

Schweizer won the race with a time of 19:41.6, with Finn crossing second with 19:44.2.

Notre Dame’s Anna Rohrer took third in 19:44.6.

Complete Results

Women’s 6K Top 10 Finishers
1 SCHWEIZER, Karissa JR Missouri 19:41.6
2 FINN, Erin SR Michigan 19:44.2
3 ROHRER, Anna SO Notre Dame 19:44.6
4 RAINSBERGER, Katie FR Oregon 19:51.1
5 LOKEDI, Sharon SO Kansas 19:52.2
6 PELOQUIN, Brenna SO Boise State 19:54.5
7 PURRIER, Elinor JR New Hampshire 19:56.9
8 NEALE, Amy-Eloise JR Washington 19:58.3
9 BARNETT, Grace SR Clemson 20:02.4
10 TAYLOR, Charlotte SR San Francisco 20:02.7

Final Standings – Women’s Team Score
1 Oregon 125-points
2 Michigan 126
3 Colorado 134
4 NC State 223
5 Stanford 255
6 San Francisco 307
7 New Mexico 310
8 Michigan State 314
9 Eastern Michigan 316
10 BYU 328
11 Notre Dame 338
12 Washington 352
13 Providence 399
14 Wisconsin 451
15 Miss State 459*
16 Missouri 459*

* Tiebreakers

Men’s 10K Top 10 Finishers
1 TIERNAN, Patrick SR Villanova 29:22.0
2 KNIGHT, Justyn JR Syracuse 29:27.3
3 CHESEREK, Edward SR Oregon 29:48.0
4 ZIENASELLASSIE, Futsum SR Northern Arizona 29:49.8
5 FISHER, Grant SO Stanford 29:57.9
6 ERB, MJ SR Mississippi 29:58.5
7 MCDONALD, Morgan JR Wisconsin 29:59.2
8 KIBICHIY, Edwin SR Louisville 29:59.5
9 MONTANEZ, Nicolas SR BYU 30:02.3
10 CARPENTER, Scott SR Georgetown 30:03.0

Final Standings – Men’s Team Score
1 Northern Arizona 125-points
2 Stanford 158
3 Syracuse 164
4 Mississippi 196
5 Arkansas 206
6 Colorado 223
7 BYU 247
8 Wisconsin 256
9 Oregon 282
10 Iona 319
11 Tulsa 340
12 Oklahoma State 363
13 Portland 368
14 Washington St. 370
15 UCLA 378

Reporting by Gary Smith, Lead Sports Writer

One of SportingAlert.com main contributors and associated staff member. Focus on presenting the best possible news, views and reviews from college and pro sporting events all across the globe. Smith is a track and field writer, who covers several meeting around the world. He is also a regular contributor for TrackAlerts.com and World-Track.org.

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