Stanford's Hicks wins individual title, Pac-12 cross country totals 12 All-Americans at 2022 NCAA Championships
STILLWATER, Okla. – Stanford's Charles Hicks won the men's individual title and the Pac-12 totaled 12 combined All-America finishers to highlight the Conference’s showing at the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday.
In the men’s 10-kilometer race, the 2022 West Regional champion Stanford men (195 points) finished fourth behind NCAA titlist Northern Arizona (83), which won its sixth NCAA title in the past seven seasons. It marked the Cardinal’s ninth consecutive top-six finish, its first top-four finish since 2017, and was also the 17th year in a row the Conference landed a men’s program in the top five.
Hicks, who ran the majority of the race with Northern Arizona's Nico Young and Drew Bosley, pulled in front with just over a kilometer to go and maintained the lead to the finish. Fourteenth on the same course during the COVID-delayed NCAA meet in March 2021 and fourth last year in Tallahassee, Hicks covered a hilly and demanding 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) course in 28:43.6 to become the first individual NCAA champion for Stanford and first for the Conference since Oregon's Edward Cheserek finished off his three-peat in 2015.
The Pac-12 boasted five top-40 individual finishers and, since expanding in 2011, the Pac-12 now leads all leagues with 87 total men’s All-Americans and 18 top-5 men’s team finishes.
PAC-12 MEN’S TEAM FINISHES (Plus champion)
1. Northern Arizona – 83
4. Stanford – 195
8. Colorado – 281
14. Washington – 422
16. Oregon – 465
PAC-12 MEN’S ALL-AMERICANS (Finish/* - career All-America honors)
Aaron Bienenfeld, Oregon (14th)***
Brian Fay, Washington (13th)**
Charles Hicks, Stanford (1st)***
Ky Robinson, Stanford (10th)**
Austin Vancil, Colorado (36th)*
In the women’s six-kilometer race, the 2022 Pac-12 champion CU women (286 points) led a quintet of top-20 Conference programs in 11th. NC State (114 points) became the first back-to-back women's champion since Villanova in 2009-2010.
Utah finished a program-best 12th (307 points), Stanford was 13th (371 points), Oregon 14th (390 points) and Washington 17th (470 points). Oregon State placed 24th (544 points) behind All-America performances from Kaylee Mitchell and Grace Fetherstonhaugh.
As a league, the Pac-12 accounted for seven women’s top-40 finishers and, since expanding in 2011, the Pac-12 now leads all leagues with 102 total women’s All-Americans, nearly double the next closest conference, and 20 top-five women’s team finishes.
PAC-12 WOMEN’S TEAM FINISHES (Plus champion)
1. NC State – 114
11. Colorado – 286
12. Utah – 307
13. Stanford – 371
14. Oregon – 390
17. Washington – 470
24. Oregon State – 544
PAC-12 WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS (Finish/* - career All-America honors)
Ella Baran, Colorado (30th)*
Zofia Dudek, Stanford (20th)*
Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Oregon State (31st)*
Bailey Hertenstein, Colorado (5th)***
Kaylee Mitchell, Oregon State (18th)**
Izzy Thornton-Bott, Oregon (36th)*
Emily Venters, Utah (12th)**