The 10th-ranked Trinity University women's team won the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championship Saturday in Newport News, Va.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Trinity University women's cross country team won the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championship Saturday and in the process qualified for next week's NCAA Championship meet. Results
The Tiger women captured the regional championship with a score of 80 points, beating runner-up Emory (Ga.) University by a mere three points in the 6K event. Thirty-four teams competed in the meet, which was hosted by Christopher Newport University.
The regional title is the first for the Trinity program since the women won in 2013 and it also marks the fifth women's championship in program history.
With the win, Trinity's women qualify for next week's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at Elsah, Illinois. The last time the Tigers qualified for nationals as a team was in 2013, also on the Newport News course.
Trinity's women have now placed a team or individual at the NCAA Championships for 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Molly McCullough led four All-Region Trinity runners, finishing in third place among a field of 240 runners. McCullough broke the school record with a time of 21:26.6 in today's race, breaking the 2008 mark set by current Head Coach Emily Daum (Loeffler) at the NCAA Championships meet in 2008.
McCullough was All-Region for the third straight season, and was joined by Haley McFadden, Laura Taylor, and Emma MacEachern as All-Region honorees. McFadden and Taylor finished fourth and sixth, respectively, and were just seconds behind McCullough. McFadden's time of 21:29.4 also broke the previous Tiger record, while Taylor is now a two-time All-Region runner.
MacEachern earned All-Region honors for the third time in four seasons, finishing 28th in today's event.
Texas Lutheran University finished 16th with a score of 458, Austin College was 24th with a score of 656 and Southwestern University placed 30th with a score of 820.
TLU's 16th-place finish was the program's highest team finish since 2012 when the Bulldog women placed 13th.
In the program's inaugural regional appearance, the Austin College women were led by junior Hannah Richards her broke her own school record in the 6K with a time of 22:58.5 to take 43rd place overall.
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Colorado College women's cross country team posted a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships Saturday in Claremont, Calif. The Tigers finished with 133 points, behind meet winner Claremont with 58, Whitworth with 109 and Linfield with 129. Results
Junior Alyssa Warling and Leah Veldhuisen led the Tigers by placing 21st and 23rd, respectively. Warling completed the 6K course in a time of 22.46.30, just ahead of Veldhuisen's time of 22:46.98.
Claremont and Whitworth automatically qualify for the national meet, along with the top seven individuals that are not on those two or other teams selected as at-large teams.
Senior Kelsey Maxwell finished 24th with a time of 22:52.88 and sophomore Annabel Driussi was 26th in 22:57.87. Warling, Veldhuisen, Maxwell and Driussi are all-region selections by finishing in the top 35.