Five Cross Country Teams Qualify For NCAAs

STANFORD and COLORADO men, and WASHINGTON, ARIZONA and COLORADO women clinch berths to the NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships. The Cardinal won the NCAA West Region men's race, and the Huskies and Buffs claimed the West and Mountain Region crowns, respectively.

The NCAA Championships field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 13. The top two teams in each region receive automatic berths into the meet and at-large teams are selected to complete the field. The individuals whose teams are not competing at the national meet are also invited to compete.

In the men's west regional, the Wildcats' Lawi Lalang won the individual race, crossing the finish line with a time of 28:34. He was the Pac-12 individual winner two weeks ago and has not been defeated so far this season. The top-scoring runner was Stanford's Chris Derrick, who finished second with a time of 28:50.

Stanford outpaced west-region foe Portland, who had 53 points for second place in the 25-team field. WASHINGTON STATE was the second-highest Pac-12 team (141), placing fourth in the team standings, Cal was fifth (173), and UCLA and OREGON tied for sixth with 175 points. ARIZONA STATE's 214 points were good for eighth place and the Huskies were 11th with 329 points to round out the Conference teams at the west regional.

In the Mountain Region, the Colorado men placed second behind BYU to claim a NCAA berth. The Buffs scored 55 points and were edged by the Cougars by six points. Richard Medina was CU's top finisher, coming in sixth place with a time of 30:36.7.

On the women's side, OREGON junior Jordan Hasay was the individual winner with a time of 19:44, winning the west region title for the second-straight year. She placed third at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago and was 2010 league champion. CALIFORNIA's Deborah Maier, the program's first-ever All-American in the sport, was second with a time of 19:51.

The top-five spots of the women's west region race belonged to Pac-12 teams. The Huskies easily won the race, collecting 50 points to claim the region title for the second-consecutive year. All five of Washington's scoring runners placed in the top 15. The Wildcats had 98 points for second, followed by Stanford (111), Oregon (120) and California (141). Arizona State was seventh with 241 points, Washington State placed 14th with 378 points, OREGON STATE had 410 points for 16th place, and UCLA posted 452 points to place 18th. In all, 31 teams competed in the women's race.

The Colorado women tied for first at the mountain regional, tallying 84 points to tie with New Mexico. UTAH had 221 points to come in eighth place. Shalaya Kipp paced the CU runners, posting a fourth-place finish with a time of 20:59.7.?
The NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships are Monday, Nov. 21 at Terre Haute, Ind.

NCAA REGIONAL - PAC-12 FINISHES
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS - WEST
1. Stanford 50
4. Washington State 141
5. California 173
6. Oregon 175
6. UCLA 175
8. Arizona State 214
11. Washington 329

MEN'S TEAM RESULTS - MOUNTAIN
2. COLORADO 55

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - PAC-12 ONLY (Top 10)
WEST

1. Lawi Lalang, ARIZ, 28:34
2. Chris Derrick, STAN, 28:50
5. Jake Reilly, STAN, 28:59
6. Luke Puskedra, ORE, 29:01

MOUNTAIN
6. Richard Medina, COLO, 30:36
7. Andy Wacker, COLO, 30:37

NCAA REGIONAL - PAC-12 FINISHES
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS - WEST

1. Washington 50
2. Arizona 98
3. Stanford 111
4. Oregon 120
5. California 141
7. Arizona State 241
14. Washington State 378
16. Oregon State 410
18. UCLA 452

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS - MOUNTAIN
T1. Colorado 84
8. Utah 221

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - PAC-12 ONLY (Top 10)
WEST

1. Jordan Hasay, ORE 19:44
2. Deborah Maier, CAL 19:51
4. Elvin Kibet, ARIZ 20:09
5. Katie Flood, WASH 20:14
6. Jennifer Bergman, ARIZ 20:15
7. Kathy Kroeger, STAN 20:16
8. Megan Goethals, WASH 20:17
9. Chelsea Reilly, CAL 20:18
10. Lindsay Flanagan, WASH 20:27

MOUNTAIN
4. Shalaya Kipp, COLO, 20:59
5. Emma Coburn, COLO, 21:00
9. Amanda Mergaert, UTAH, 21:14

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