Led by Kellyn Roiko’s fourth-place finish, the Whitworth women’s cross country team claimed third place at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships Saturday in Claremont, California.
Roiko covered the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 52.40 seconds. Her teammate, Allie Wood, took seventh in 22:08.5.
Both Roiko and Wood automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held Nov. 21 at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The Willamette women claimed the team title and Claremont Mudd-Scripps was second.
Christopher MacMurray finished in 11th place and the Whitworth men took eighth.
MacMurray covered the 8,000-meter course in 25:05.60. Claremont Mudd-Scripps was first and Pomona-Pitzer was second.
The top two men’s and women’s teams and the top seven individuals not on those teams qualify for nationals.
The Whitworth women can still receive an at-large bid. Those selections will be announced on Sunday.
CCS men, women claim NWAC titles
The Community Colleges of Spokane men and women both claimed team titles at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground, Washington.
The women were led by Becca Mildes, who claimed medalist honors after covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:58. CCS’ Gracie Ledwith was second in 18:04 and Amanda Kinzel was fourth in 18:46.
Lane was second and Clark College was third.
The CCS men had five runners finish inside the top 10. Corbin Carlton took third after covering the 8,000-meter course in 25:27. Judd Lewis was fourth (25:28), Micah Dingfield was fifth (25:28), Brandon Hartill was sixth (25:31) and Matt Hommel was 10th (25:41).
Lane was second and Treasure Valley was third.
WSU men, Gonzaga women receive at-large bids to national championships
The Washington State men’s team and the Gonzaga women’s team received at-large bids to the NCAA Division III National Championships, which will be held Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Additionally, Gonzaga men’s runner Matthew Crichlow received an individual at-large bid.
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