NCAA Men’s XC Regionals

Geordie Beamish led his Northern Arizona mates to a big team win at the Mountain Regional. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

9 sites, November 15—All races were contested at 10K (6.21M).

The top 2 teams (and their members) in each Region qualified for the NCAA Championships at Indiana State on Saturday, November 23. In addition, 13 at-large teams have been added based on formula. First-4 finishers in each Region not on an advancing team will also qualify. ¶ = at-large advancer to Nationals. Class designations: *** = frosh; ** = soph; * = junior; all others are seniors.


West Men: Portland & Andrew Jordan (Washington)

Colfax, Washington—Portland once again showed that training though the Conference can pay off, as the Pilots put together a surprising 13-point win over Stanford, 65–78, to notch their third-straight West Regional crown. Oregon captured 3rd (90), while Washington (115) and Boise State (133) followed.

The Pilots ran in the lead early on, then relaxed as Stanford took over at the front and brought a 2-point lead into the final kilometer. That’s when Portland kicked, slicing 5 points off its tally as the Stanford total climbed 10.

“I’m very proud of how patient, confident and tough the team was today. Just very impressive top to bottom,” said Portland head Rob Conner.

At the front, Washington’s Andrew Jordan and Portland’s Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse battled from the start, trading the lead back and forth until Jordan prevailed at the end, 29:43.4-29:44.9. Gonzaga soph James Mwaura took 3rd in 29:53.2, ahead of Boise State’s Miler Haller (29:55.0) and UCLA’s Colin Burke (29:58.5). In 6th, Jackson Mestler (29:58.5) led the Ducks. UCLA ace Robert Brandt, reportedly injured, did not compete.


WEST REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Portland 65; 2. Stanford 78; 3. ¶Oregon 90; 4. ¶Washington 115; 5. ¶Boise State 133; 6. Gonzaga 148; 7. Washington State 177; 8. UCLA 181; 9. Idaho 329; 10. Cal Poly/SLO 333.

Individuals

1. Andrew Jordan (Wa) 29:43.4; 2. Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse (Port) 29:44.9; 3. ¶**James Mwaura (Gonz) 29:53.2; 4. Miler Haller (Boise) 29:55.0; 5. ¶Colin Burke (UCLA) 29:58.5; 6. *Jackson Mestler (Or) 29:58.5; 7. Alex Ostberg (Stan) 29:58.6; 8. *Thomas Ratcliffe (Stan) 29:58.7; 9. *Cooper Teare (Or) 29:59.1; 10. *Alek Parsons (Stan) 30:01.8;

11. ¶Garrett Reynolds (UCLA) 30:01.9; 12. **Evert Silva (Port) 30:02.4; 13. Michael Teran-Solano (Port) 30:02.5; 14. ¶*Nick Randazzo (UCSB) 30:02.5; 15. *Peter Hogan (Gonz) 30:02.6; 16. Jack Rowe (Wa) 30:02.9; 17. *Ahmed Muhumed (Boise) 30:03.2; 18. *Riley Osen (Port) 30:03.4; 19. *Elijah Armstrong (Boise) 30:04.7; 20. Joe Horen (Port) 30:06.8; 21. Steven Fahy (Stan) 30:07.7; 22. James West (Or) 30:08.6; 23. *Reuben Kiprono (Port) 30:09.4; 24. **Amir Ado (WaSt) 30:09.9; 25. *Jack Yearian (Or) 30:11.3.


Mountain Men: Northern Arizona & Geordie Beamish (Northern Arizona)

Salt Lake City, Utah—Northern Arizona is looking ready, very ready, for a successful Nationals defense after a 21-53 crushing of Colorado at the Mountain Regional, held at some 1400m of altitude. The Lumberjacks went 1-2-3-6-9, putting all 5 scorers ahead of the Buffaloes’ No. 3 for a fourth straight Regional win. BYU was close behind Colorado at 56, with Utah State (106) and Weber State (158) next.

Geordie Beamish, the NCAA Indoor mile champ, led the charge for the victors, clocking 30:25.6. Close behind were junior teammate Luis Grijalva (30:27.8) and redshirt frosh Brodey Hasty (30:30.8).

Conner Mantz, BYU’s 5/10K All-American, came next in 30:32.6, ahead of Colorado leader John Dressel (30:35.5). The Northern Arizona score was bolstered by frosh Abdihamid Nur, a former Arizona state champion from Somalia, in 6th (30:39.0) and soph Ryan Raff in 9th (30:44.1).

Said Northern Arizona head Michael Smith, “The big thing about these meets is that we keep our guys engaged in the right stuff and we keep them healthy. We never talk about national championships or that kind of stuff.”


MOUNTAIN REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

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Teams

1. Northern Arizona 21; 2. Colorado 53; 3. ¶BYU 56; 4. ¶Utah State 106; 5. Weber State 158; 6. Wyoming 217; 7. Utah Valley 250; 8. Southern Utah 252; 9. Air Force 257; 10. Montana State 279.

Individuals

1. Geordie Beamish (NnAz) 30:25.6; 2. *Luis Grijalva (NnAz) 30:27.8; 3. ***Brodey Hasty (NnAz) 30:30.8; 4. **Conner Mantz (BYU) 30:32.6; 5. John Dressel (Co) 30:35.5; 6. ***Abdihamid Nur (NnAz) 30:39.0; 7. ***Kashon Harrison (Co) 30:42.4; 8. Jacob Heslington (BYU) 30:43.3; 9. **Ryan Raff (NnAz) 30:44.1; 10. Daniel Carney (BYU) 30:44.3;

11. Joe Klecker (Co) 30:48.5; 12. *Eduardo Herrera (Co) 30:48.9; 13. *Connor Weaver (BYU) 30:50.0; 14. ¶**Christian Allen (Web) 30:51.6; 15. *Blaise Ferro (NnAz) 30:52.2; 16. Dallin Farnsworth (UtSt) 30:53.0; 17. ¶Christopher Henry (Wy) 30:56.6; 18. ***Gabe Fendel (Co) 31:03.7; 19. ¶***Titus Cheruiyot (UTEP) 31:04.0; 20. Luke Beattie (UtSt) 31:05.6; 21. Michael Ottesen (BYU) 31:05.9; 22. **Caleb Garnica (UtSt) 31:06.3; 23. Adam Hendrickson (UtSt) 31:07.3; 24. ¶**Taylor Dillon (Web) 31:07.4; 25. James Withers (UtSt) 31:13.7.


Mid-Atlantic Men: Villanova & Camren Fischer (Princeton)

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—What a difference a few weeks makes. In a Mid-Atlantic Regional with no clear favorite, Villanova’s Wildcats ran wild, crushing Big East rival Georgetown, 37–67. At the Big East meet, Georgetown had put 8 finishers ahead of ‘Nova’s No. 5. This time, only 3 Hoyas finished ahead of Villanova’s key man.

In all, the Wildcats finished with an impressive 3-4-7-10-13 grouping, separated by just 29.9 seconds. Princeton finished 3rd at 82, with surprising Temple 4th (100) ahead of Penn (148). Said Villanova head Marcus O’Sullivan, “I know we have a good team.  The struggle this year was with injuries, sickness and the inexperience of younger runners.  Trying to pull them together was a challenge but also very rewarding to see them come together.”

However, perhaps the biggest surprise of the individual race came from Princeton yearling Camren Fischer. Only 5th in the Ivy League (and 169th at the Nuttycombe Invitational), Fischer streaked to his first collegiate win after running far behind in the early stages. He crossed in 29:58.8, topping Navy senior Jake Brophy (30:01.9), Villanovans Josh Phillips (30:02.0) and Haftu Strintzos (30:02.9), and Georgetown’s Nicholas Wareham (30:03.2). As an Arkansas prep last track season, Fischer was just an 8:55 runner in the 3200.


MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Villanova 37; 2. Georgetown 67; 3. Princeton 82; 4. Temple 100; 5. Penn 148; 6. Penn State 155; 7. Pitt 206; 8. Navy 224; 9. La Salle 260; 10. Bucknell 273.

Individuals

1. ***Camren Fischer (Prin) 29:58.8; 2. Jake Brophy (Navy) 30:01.9; 3. **Josh Phillips (Vill) 30:02.0; 4. ***Haftu Strintzos (Vill) 30:02.9; 5. *Nicholas Wareham (Gtn) 30:03.2; 6. Conor Lundy (Prin) 30:05.9; 7. Nathan Rodriguez (Vill) 30:10.6; 8. Spencer Brown (Gtn) 30:11.4; 9. ¶*Anthony Russo (Penn) 30:13.2; 10. Andrew Marston (Vill) 30:15.7;

11. Jack Van Scoter (Gtn) 30:27.1; 12. Drew Dorflinger (Buck) 30:28.4; 13. Casey Comber (Vill) 30:31.9; 14. *Kristian Holm Jensen (Tem) 30:37.3; 15. Nick Wolk (Pitt) 30:37.9; 16. **Alex Tomasko (PennSt) 30:38.4; 17. Harry Powell (Tem) 30:40.8; 18. ***Price Owens (Gtn) 30:44.0; 19. Zach Seiger (Tem) 30:44.7; 20. Viraj Deokar (Prin) 30:45.6; 21. ***Connor Nisbet (Prin) 30:45.6; 22. Kevin Lapsansky (Tem) 30:46.1; 23. *Zach Lefever (Pitt) 30:47.3; 24. William Daly (Penn) 30:49.5; 25. Matthew Bouthillette (Gtn) 30:51.8.


South Central Men: Texas & Sam Worley (Texas)

Fayetteville, Arkansas—The Texas men traveled to Razorback territory to handily upend the defending Arkansas squad, 39-67. Temperatures in the mid-50s and plenty of sun made it pleasant for spectators as the Longhorns ran 1-2, securing their 11th consecutive trip to Nationals.

Junior Sam Worley led at 29:49.8, with senior teammate John Rice 2nd in 29:54.2. Arkansas was led by 3rd-placer Matt Young in 29:56.7. UT Arlington’s Justin Domangue ran 4th in 30:02.6, ahead of Texas frosh Haftu Knight’s 30:07.8. “I’m really proud of the boys,” said Texas distance coach Pete Watson.“Coming to Fayetteville and getting both a team win and an individual win is a great feeling for the guys and a move forward for this program. Sam and John ran a really disciplined race and I’m excited for their prospects at NCAAs.’

On the team side, while neither of the top two squads are strong by their normal standards, they still had plenty of wiggle room ahead of the field. Third went to Texas A&M (128) and 4th was Lamar (134).


SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Texas 39; 2. Arkansas 67; 3. Texas A&M 128; 4. Lamar 134; 5. Rice 202; 6. Arkansas State 221; 7. UT Rio Grande Valley 226; 8. LSU 246; 9. UT Arlington 280; 10. Baylor 306.

Individuals

1. *Sam Worley (Tx) 29:49.8; 2. John Rice (Tx) 29:54.2; 3. *Matt Young (Ar) 29:56.7; 4.¶ Justin Domangue (UTA) 30:02.6; 5. ***Haftu Knight (Tx) 30:07.8; 6. ¶**Abraham Chirchir (RGV) 30:12.2; 7. Florian Lussy (NTx) 30:22.1; 8. ¶*Jordan Rowe (Lam) 30:25.2; 9. ¶**Eric Casarez (TxAM) 30:28.8; 10. **Kevin Kipkosgei (ACU) 30:28.8;

11. Jon Bishop (TxAM) 30:30.9; 12. ***Crayton Carrozza (Tx) 30:37.0; 13. **Ryan Murphy (Ar) 30:38.6; 14. ***Jayce Turner (Ar) 30:39.8; 15. ***Myles Richter (Ar) 30:43.0; 16. *Eric Coston (LSU) 30:43.9; 17. ***Davis Bove (LSU) 30:51.6; 18. Jack Gooch (Lam) 30:53.2; 19. Garek Bielaczyc (Tx) 30:54.6; 20. *Andrew Bosquez (SHous) 30:56.2; 21. *Bennett Pascoe (ArSt) 30:56.8; 22. Daniel Golden (Tx) 30:58.1; 23. Preston Cates (Ar) 31:00.0; 24. Carter Persyn (Ar) 31:01.6; 25. ***Kolyn Saltzman (NO) 31:06.3.


Great Lakes Men: Purdue & Aaron Bienenfeld (Cincinnati)

Madison, Wisconsin—The battle for qualifying spots couldn’t get much closer than what the men delivered at the Great Lakes Regional. Purdue won with 79 points, having struggled on the final loop to hold on after tallying 56 points at the 8K point. The other qualifying spot was decided by just a few seconds, as Notre Dame scored 85, Michigan 86 and Indiana 87. Wisconsin, the Big 10 champs and the favorite going in, ended up only 5th (96). The coaches poll going in had Purdue at No. 4, Notre Dame at No. 5.

There was no denying Aaron Bienenfeld, the American Conference champ who finished 12th a year ago. Cincinnati’s German senior took off from the pack early, building a 10-second lead on the first 2K loop and 17 seconds on the second. At 6K his lead was 25 seconds. Then Butler’s Euan Makepeace started chasing him, narrowing the gap to 16 seconds at 8K but falling 5 seconds short at the finish. Bienenfeld’s 29:59.9 won, followed by Makepeace (30:05.5), Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin (30:14.2), Ben Veatch of Indiana (30:14.6). Defending champion Jaret Carpenter of Purdue landed in 5th at 30:15.3.


GREAT LAKES REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Purdue 79; 2. Notre Dame 85; 3. ¶Michigan 86; 4. ¶Indiana 87; 5. ¶Wisconsin 96; 6. Michigan State 170; 7. Butler 197; 8. Akron 298; 9. Ohio State 326; 10. Eastern Michigan 347.

Individuals

1. Aaron Bienenfeld (Cinc) 29:59.9; 2. ¶Euan Makepeace (But) 30:05.5; 3. Oliver Hoare (Wi) 30:14.2; 4. *Ben Veatch (In) 30:14.6; 5. Jaret Carpenter (Pur) 30:15.3; 6. ¶*Morgan Beadlescomb (MiSt) 30:16.2; 7. Kyle Mau (In) 30:18.4; 8. ***Dylan Jacobs (NDm) 30:20.5; 9. *Isaac Harding (Mi) 30:23.1; 10. *Yared Nuguse (NDm) 30:28.9;

11. *Devin Meyrer (Mi) 30:30.6; 12. **Arjun Jha (In) 30:31.7; 13. *Brody Smith (Pur) 30:38.2; 14. **Shuaib Aljabaly (Wi) 30:42.9; 15. *Andrew Alexander (NDm) 30:44.1; 16. *Curt Eckstein (Pur) 30:44.6; 17. *Jack Aho (Mi) 30:45.5; 18. Jordy Hewitt (Mi) 30:46.4; 19. ¶Marc Migliozzi (Akr) 30:46.4; 20. *Seth Hirsch (Wi) 30:47.8; 21. **Tyler Bowling (Pur) 30:49.4; 22. ¶*Simon Bedard (But) 30:52.3; 23. Bryce Millar (In) 30:53.0; 24. **Bailey McIntire (Pur) 30:53.1; 25. *Kevin Salvano (NDm) 30:55.7.


Midwest Men: Tulsa & Edwin Kurgat (Iowa State)

Stillwater, Oklahoma—In a battle of Conference champions, American Conference winner Tulsa defeated top-ranked Big 12 champ Iowa State, 37–54, as both teams showed their heels to the rest of the Midwest field. Tulsa put 5 in the top 11 for its first Regional win ever and Iowa State had the winner plus places 10-12-13-18. Kansas earned a 3rd-place finish with its 150, ahead of South Dakota State (166) and host Oklahoma State (179).

“The guys ran a great race,” said Tulsa head Steve Gulley. “Their job was to qualify for the NCAAs, but they had to stay focused and get the job done. Sometimes that’s a lot easier than you think. The teams started out slow and under control because it was such a difficult course that the teams were trying feel out the pace to make sure they could go the full 10,000 meters.”

As expected, Iowa State senior Edwin Kurgat steamed to a second-straight individual win, clocking 30:38.1. That beat surprising runner-up George Thomas of Missouri, (30:42.5) who was only 37th last year; Terre Haute will be the senior’s first national meet. Tulsa’s Patrick Dever came next in 30:46.6, followed by Alex Basten of Minnesota (30:48.3) and Nathan Mylenek of Iowa (30:51.0).


MIDWEST REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Tulsa 37; 2. Iowa State 54; 3. Kansas 150; 4. South Dakota State 166; 5. Oklahoma State 179; 6. Minnesota 181; 7. Iowa 184; 8. Nebraska 218; 9. Illinois 270; 10. Missouri 295.

Individuals

1. Edwin Kurgat (IaSt) 30:38.3; 2. ¶Thomas George (Mo) 30:42.5; 3. *Patrick Dever (Tuls) 30:46.8; 4. ¶*Alec Basten (Mn) 30:48.3; 5. ¶Nathan Mylenek (Ia) 30:51.0; 6. *Peter Lynch (Tuls) 30:56.4; 7. ¶**George Kusche (Nb) 31:01.9; 8. **Isaac Akers (Tuls) 31:03.6; 9. Cameron Field (Tuls) 31:05.3; 10. David Too (IaSt) 31:07.8;

11. *Scott Beattie (Tuls) 31:09.6; 12. **Chad Johnson (IaSt) 31:11.7; 13. *Milo Greder (IaSt) 31:13.5; 14. Dylan Hodgson (Ks) 31:14.3; 15. *Ryan Smeeton (OkSt) 31:15.9; 16. **Irwin Loud (Il) 31:17.3; 17. *Ben Flowers (Wich) 31:18.7; 18. *Thomas Pollard (IaSt) 31:19.0; 19. ***Adam Dayani (OkSt) 31:19.6; 20. *Ben Butler (Ks) 31:19.7; 21. ***Chandler Gibbens (Ks) 31:26.2; 22. **Adam Fogg (Drake) 31:30.5; 23. *Micah Mather (SDSt) 31:31.0; 24. *Mitchell Day (IaSt) 31:31.2; 25. Jake Hoffert (Brad) 31:31.9.


Northeast Men: Harvard & Alex Masai (Hofstra)

Buffalo, New York—The Northeast Regional road race featured fast times—go figure—as Hofstra senior Alex Masai, a Kenyan with 29:39.36 track credentials, blistered the course in 28:42.3. That put him well clear of the Harvard duo of Kieran Tuntivate (28:51.1) and Will Battershill (28:51.2).

Still, throw in another Harvard low stick with frosh Colin Baker in 5th at 28:55.4, and the unranked Crimson walked away with 52 points and the victory. It will be their first Nationals since ’13. Syracuse, the ACC champions, took second at 86 points. Meanwhile, top-ranked Iona, with its No. 8 national ranking, is one team that might have wished this were a cross country race instead. The Gaels landed in 3rd with 96 points and will have to wait to see if they get an at-large bid.

With surprise wins on both men’s and women’s sides despite coming in ranked only No. 4 (men) and No. 5 (women) in the Region, Harvard was clearly the big winner after 9 inches of snow forced officials to move the race to the roads.


NORTHEAST MEN’S REGIONAL RESULTS

Teams

1. Harvard 59; 2. Syracuse 86; 3. ¶Iona 96; 4. UMass Lowell 157; 5. Stony Brook 176; 6. Dartmouth 228; 7. Army 258; 8. Connecticut 277; 9. Cornell 298; 10. Brown 320.

Individuals

1. ¶Alex Masai (Hof) 28:42.3; 2. Kieran Tuntivate (Harv) 28:51.1; 3. Will Battershill (Harv) 28:51.2; 4. ¶Ryan Kutch (Ford) 28:52.5; 5. ***Colin Baker (Harv) 28:55.4; 6. *Joe Dragon (Syr) 28:59.6; 7. ¶*Christopher Alfond (UMLowell) 29:00.2; 8. *Johnjack Millar (Iona) 29:02.0; 9. *Ehab El-Sandali (Iona) 29:02.5; 10. **Nathan Henderson (Syr) 29:03.6;

11. *Jack O’Leary (Iona) 29:06.5; 12. *Benjamin Drezek (UMLowell) 29:06.5; 13. Cameron Avery (SBr) 29:06.9; 14. ***Isa Suleiman (Hof) 29:07.7; 15. *Eric van der Els (Ct) 29:08.3; 16. Vann Moffett (SBr) 29:11.1; 17. **James Maniscalco (Ct) 29:12.6; 18. **William Brisman (Ct) 29:17.0; 19. Cameron Daly (Brown) 29:19.5; 20. *Matthew Pereira (Harv) 29:20.6; 21. ***Nathan Lawler (Syr) 29:21.1; 22. Kevin James (Syr) 29:21.6; 23. *Sam Morton (Dart) 29:26.1; 24. *Derek Holmes (UMLowell) 29:28.1; 25. **Marcelo Rocha (Prov) 29:29.4.


Southeast Men: Virginia & Peter Seufer (Virginia Tech)

Earlysville, Virginia—Given the depth of the men’s field at the Southeast Regional at Panorama Farms, the top 4 teams all figured to have a chance to qualify, between the 2 auto qualifiers and probable at-large bids. But what order they finished seemed completely up in the air.

It was the last half that made the difference, as Virginia (79) and Virginia Tech (109) each sliced significant points off their scores in the final kilometers. Virginia pulled off the win despite having no one in the top 10; lead runner A.J. Ernst was 11th, but he had company, teammates in 15-16-17-20. NC State took 3rd at 116, with Furman 4th at 152.

Said new Virginia coach Vin Lananna, “We had a strong pack that worked extremely well together to achieve an exciting result. The men were ecstatic after crossing the finishline.”

Virginia Tech senior Peter Seufer, the ACC champion, improved on last year’s runner-up finish to win in 29:20.7, topping Campbell’s Athanas Kioko (29:24.4), Furman’s Ryan Adams (29:28.7) and Campbell’s Amon Kemboi (29:37.7).


SOUTHEAST MEN’S REGIONAL RESULTS

Teams

1. Virginia 79; 2. Virginia Tech 109; 3. ¶NC State 116; 4. ¶Furman 152; 5. Charlotte 194; 6. Duke 198; 7. Wake Forest 206; 8. North Carolina 217; 9. Eastern Kentucky 227; 10. Campbell 294.

Individuals

1. Peter Seufer (VaT) 29:20.7; 2. ¶*Athanas Kioko (Camp) 29:24.4; 3. Ryan Adams (Furm) 29:28.7; 4. ¶*Amon Kemboi (Camp) 29:37.7; 5. ¶**Adriaan Wildschutt (CCar) 29:47.5; 6. *Ian Shanklin (NCSt) 29:50.3; 7. ¶*Nadeel Wildschutt (CCar) 29:51.2; 8. ¶***Ezekiel Kibichii (EnKy) 29:58.3; 9. *Fitsum Seyoum (VaT) 30:06.9; 10. Alex Cornwell (Char) 30:12.6;

11. *Aj Ernst (Va) 30:17.8; 12. **Emmanuel Cheboson (Louisv) 30:21.8; 13. *Daniel Bernal (Furm) 30:22.7; 14. **Zach Facioni (WF) 30:25.7; 15. Ari Klau (Va) 30:27.8; 16. Alex Corbett (Va) 30:31.2; 17. ***Peter Morris (Va) 30:31.6; 18. *Gavin Gaynor (NCSt) 30:32.1; 19. ***Godwin Kimutai (Camp) 30:33.0; 20. *Lachlan Cook (Va) 30:33.5; 21. *El Hocine Bouchrak (HPt) 30:34.8; 22. Diego Zarate (VaT) 30:36.9; 23. *Zak Kirk (EnKy) 30:37.6; 24. *CJ Ambrosio (Duke) 30:41.9; 25. Brennan Fields (Ky) 30:43.8.


South Men: Mississippi & Gilbert Kigen (Alabama)

Tallahassee, Florida—Florida State, with hopes of an at-large bid after being ranked 3 and 4 in recent weeks, went out aggressively, leading by 10 points at halfway. A kilometer later, everything had changed as the Seminoles fell back to the tune of 41 points and dropped to 4th.

Over the 10K course at Apalachee Regional Park, pacing proved to be everything. The low-stick trio from Ole Miss (Cade Bethmann, Farah Abdulkarim, Waleed Suliman) moved up steadily from above 20th place at halfway to finish together in 8-9-10. The SEC champions captured the team title as expected, with 69 points. Middle Tennessee scored 83 for 2nd. Alabama (97) and Florida State (136) grabbed the next two spots.

In the individual race, Alabama’s Gilbert Kigen led for the first 3K before letting teammate Vincent Kiprop take over. Before 8K Middle Tennessee’s Jacob Choge moved to the front of the tight 4-man pack, with teammate Kigen Chemadi in 3rd behind Kiprop. The Alabama pair brought the best closers, and Kigen took the win in 29:49.5, just ahead of Kiprop (29:49.9). Choge placed 3rd in 29:52.9 while Chemadi faded a bit for 4th in 30:10.1. East Tennessee junior Ben Varghese ran 5th in 30:12.5—the same place he managed last year. Said Kigen, “As an individual, I’m just proud of myself and what I did today. I’m just excited for Nationals and to see what I can do from there.”


SOUTH REGIONAL MEN’S RESULTS

Teams

1. Mississippi 69; 2. Middle Tennessee 83; 3. ¶Alabama 97; 4. ¶Florida State 136; 5. Georgia Tech 169; 6. Lipscomb 205; 7. North Florida 220; 8. Florida 220; 9. Belmont 246; 10. East Tennessee 259.

Individuals

1. Gilbert Kigen (Al) 29:49.5; 2. Vincent Kiprop (Al) 29:49.9; 3. Jacob Choge (MTn) 29:52.9; 4. Kigen Chemadi (MTn) 30:10.1; 5. ¶*Ben Varghese (ETn) 30:12.5; 6. ***Noel Rotich (Al) 30:21.8; 7. ¶**Brent Leber (Lips) 30:26.4; 8. **Cade Bethmann (Ms) 30:33.0; 9. Farah Abdulkarim (Ms) 30:33.1; 10. ¶*Waleed Suliman (Ms) 30:33.2;

11. ¶Stephen Jones (MsSt) 30:33.5; 12. ***Hillary Kimaiyo (MTn) 30:35.9; 13. Kaleb McLeod (Belm) 30:36.6; 14. **Nathan Jubran (NFl) 30:39.1; 15. **Caleb Pottorff (FlSt) 30:46.4; 16. *Lebo Mosito (MTn) 30:48.5; 17. Dillon Dean (Samf) 30:49.9; 18. *Alex Crigger (Tn) 30:53.8; 19. *Michael Coccia (Ms) 30:57.7; 20. **Nick Laning (Vand) 30:58.6; 21. *Onesmus Kemboi (SAl) 30:59.5; 22. *Colin Schaefer (Fl) 31:00.3; 23. **Mario Garcia Romo (Ms) 31:03.8; 24. **Braeden Collins (GaT) 31:06.3; 25. Steven Cross (FlSt) 31:06.44.


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