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Pac-12 cross country totals nine All-Americans at 2021 NCAA Championships

Nov 20, 2021
Larry Novey/Colorado Athletics

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Pac-12 totaled nine combined All-America finishers and the Colorado women recorded their fifth podium finish in seven years to highlight the Conference’s showing at the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday.

Its top teams, the fourth-place Colorado women and fifth-place Stanford men, made the Pac-12 the only conference in the country with a top-five program in both races.

In the women’s six-kilometer race, the 2021 Pac-12 champion CU women (187 points) finished fourth behind first-time national titlist NC State (84), runner-up BYU (122) and New Mexico (130). It marked the Buffaloes best finish since they won it all in 2018 and extended the Conference's streak to seven consecutive years with at least one women's team on the podium.

As a league, the Pac-12 accounted for four women’s top-40 finishers and, since expanding in 2011, the Pac-12 now leads all leagues with 95 total women’s All-Americans, nearly double the next closest conference, and 20 top-five women’s team finishes.

Noteworthy on the individual side, a trio of Pac-12 women’s runners picked up their second career All-America honors in Stanford's Julia Heymach, Colorado's Abby Nichols, the 2021 Pac-12 individual champion, and Washington's Allie Schadler.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S TEAM FINISHES (Plus champion)
1. NC State – 84
4. Colorado – 187
6. Stanford – 233
11. Washington – 366
20. Utah – 483
24. Oregon – 534

PAC-12 WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS (Finish/* - career All-America honors)
Emily Covert, Colorado (31st)*
Julia Heymach, Stanford (13th)**
Abby Nichols, Colorado (8th)**
Allie Schadler, Washington (25th)**

In the men’s 10-kilometer race, the 2021 West Regional champion Stanford men (236 points) finished fifth behind NCAA titlist Northern Arizona (92), which won its fifth NCAA title in the past six seasons. It marked the Cardinal’s eighth consecutive top-six finish and was also the 16th year in a row the Conference landed a men’s program in the top five.

The Pac-12 boasted five top-40 finishers and, since expanding in 2011, the Pac-12 now leads all leagues with 82 total men’s All-Americans and 17 top-5 men’s team finishes.

Colorado's Eduardo Herrera, the 2020 Pac-12 individual champion, and Stanford’s Charles Hicks, the 2021 Pac-12 individual champion, added second All-America performances to their résumés.

PAC-12 MEN’S TEAM FINISHES (Plus champion)
1. Northern Arizona – 92
5. Stanford – 236
8. Colorado – 249
13. Washington – 373
29. Oregon – 655

PAC-12 MEN’S ALL-AMERICANS (Finish/* - career All-America honors)
Aaron Bienenfeld, Oregon (18th)*
Brian Fay, Washington (38th)*
Eduardo Herrera, Colorado (24th)**
Charles Hicks, Stanford (4th)**
Ky Robinson, Stanford (14th)*