Lumb Wins Regionals, Huskies Advance To NCAAs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Both Husky men's and women's cross country teams are through once again to the NCAA Championships after earning automatic qualifying spots with second-place team finishes today at the NCAA West Regional Championships. For the second Regional meet in a row, a Husky captured the men's individual title, as newcomer Kieran Lumb earned his first big win in NCAA competition and set a Course Record at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course.
One of nine Regional meets held nationally today, the goal for all cross country teams was a top-two finish, in order to be one of 18 teams to automatically qualify for nationals, and skip the at-large bid calculations. The race for all the marbles will take place in Tallahassee, Fla. on Nov. 20.
The 21st-ranked Husky women's team earned its 15th-consecutive NCAA trip with a runner-up finish to Stanford today, and the 13th-ranked UW men also took second behind the No. 5 Cardinal in a tight 61-66 battle. It will be the fifth-straight NCAA trip for the men's team, which ties for the longest streak in school history with the 1987-91 run of five.
Lumb, the former Canadian collegiate standout from University of British Columbia, made a late move into the lead pack and kicked for the victory today in a time of 29-minutes and 28-seconds over the 10,000-meter men's race to win by one second and set the Course Record.
Prior to 2019, no Husky man had ever won the West Region title, but Andrew Jordan became the first with his 2019 win. Lumb now makes it two-in-a-row for Huskies breaking the tape first, as the 2020 meet was canceled due to the pandemic.
The women's 6,000-meter race came first, and veteran Huskies Allie Schadler and Haley Herberg ran near the front the whole way, and crossed within a couple seconds of each other, with Schadler taking 10th-place in 20:12 and Herberg 11th in 20:15.
Madison Heisterman moved up progressively through the field from 48th at the 1.5-mile mark to wind up 20th overall in 20:27. One second later the Huskies capped their scoring as Sophie Cantine finished 21st and Naomi Smith was 22nd, both in 20:28, giving the Huskies a 16-second spread from 1-5. Andrea Markezich placed 69th today and Sophie O'Sullivan was 70th.
"The plan was just to run a really business-like straightforward race, and they executed really well," said Director Maurica Powell. "Haley and Schadler got up near tenth and stayed there, we had five in the top-25, and we had to be a little conservative with Madi as she had a tough recovery from the Pac-12 race, so she did a really nice job of playing her cards late. It was a disciplined, controlled effort."
Powell feels the Huskies are trending up with Nationals in just eight days.
"I think we executed poorly at Wisconsin, then we were running well at Pac-12s but got bit by the altitude late so we didn't get the result but they moved the needle in those two weeks. Today further demonstrated that they are still getting better and we'll try to be better next week than we were today."
It's official! ?????
The women are heading to NCAAs for the 1?5?th straight season!
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) November 12, 2021
In the men's race, the Huskies handled the move up to 10k with their most complete performance of the season thus far. The Dawgs were never lower than second at any of the splits. In the latter stages of the race, Lumb, Brian Fay, and Leo Daschbach moved into the top-10.
Lumb got the win and fellow grad transfer Brian Fay, who led the Huskies in his first race at Pac-12s, had another great run as he finished sixth in 29:36. Daschbach came through in ninth-place in 29:45.
Joe Waskom finished 23rd in 30:18 to earn All-West Region honors along with Lumb, Fay, and Daschbach. Tibebu Proctor rounded out the scoring in 27th-place in 30:31. Isaac Green finished 36th today and Luke Houser came in 46th.
Head Coach Andy Powell said the Huskies running together led to the successful day.
"We didn't get cute with it we said let's run together," said Powell. "We were always in a qualifying position. Kieran felt good at the end and got the win. It was a really good team effort and they were all up in the front. They were talking and communicating with each other like a normal practice. I think that energy helped propel Kieran to the win."
The Dawgs have rallied well from a tough first team run at Wisconsin a month ago and look to keep the momentum going into the final test in eight days. Powell credited his athletes for taking ownership, as well as some insight gained from former Husky Football Head Coach Chris Petersen.
"In talking with Coach Petersen, he said the best teams are locker-room led teams," said Powell. "We had a not so good showing at Wisconsin and we all took a good look at our team and sat down and I let the team know that this is one of the best teams I've coached and they're healthy and they're in good shape. We wanted them to figure it out and be more locker-room led which means people had to step up."
"We put the onus on them and they came together as a team. I think we're an up-and-coming team right now and they have a good sense of ownership and we were really close to beating a very good Stanford team. I like where we are going into NCAAs and there are a bunch of other guys at home that have contributed as well so I feel like I could plug anyone in and they would help us."
The men leave no doubt!! ?????
The Huskies take second in a tight battle with No. 5 Stanford, 61-66, and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships!
It's the fifth-straight NCAA appearance for the men.
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) November 12, 2021
Washington Cross Country
2021 NCAA West Regional Championships
Nov. 12, 2021
Sacramento, Calif. | Haggin Oaks Golf Course
Team Results (Top-20 of 35): 1. Stanford 42; 2. Washington 84; 3. Oregon 100; 4. Gonzaga 148; 5. Portland 161; 6. San Francisco 202; 7. Oregon State 206; 8. Boise State 214; 9. UC Davis 259; 10. Cal State Fullerton 281; 11. Portland State 298; 12. Washington State 317; 13. Idaho 329; 14. Cal Poly 394; 15. UCLA 450; 16. UC Irvine 455; 17. California 536; 18. Santa Clara 577; 19. Saint Mary's 580; 20. Sacramento State 589.
Individual Champion: Julia Heymach, Stanford, 20:01.
Husky Finishers: 10. Allie Schadler 20:12; 11. Haley Herberg 20:15; 20. Madison Heisterman 20:27; 21. Sophie Cantine 20:28; 22. Naomi Smith 20:28; 69. Andrea Markezich 21:15; 70. Sophie O'Sullivan 21:15.
Team Results (Top-20 of 29): 1. Stanford 61; 2. Washington 66; 3. Portland 94; 4. Oregon 100; 5. Gonzaga 107; 6. Boise State 115; 7. Washington State 244; 8. Portland State 295; 9. Santa Clara 372; 10. UC Santa Barbara 375; 11. Cal State Fullerton 395; 12. UCLA 398; 13. Idaho 405; 14. Saint Mary's 407; 15. Cal Poly 414; 16. Grand Canyon 424; 17. Arizona State 451; 18. California 471; 19. Loyola Marymount 537; 20. UC Davis 567.
Individual Champion: Kieran Lumb, Washington, 29:28 (Course Record)
Husky Finishers: 1. Kieran Lumb 29:28; 6. Brian Fay 29:36; 9. Leo Daschbach 29:45; 23. Joe Waskom 30:18; 27. Tibebu Proctor 30:21; 36. Isaac Green 30:35; 46. Luke Houser 30:45.