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2016 NIRCA XC Rankings - Week 6 Plus Regionals Recaps

November 5th, 2016

Check out the recaps from NIRCA's final two regional championship meets and the last regular season rankings before Nationals! Individual and team previews coming later this week!

MEN’S WEEK 6 RANKINGS and REGIONALS RECAPS

 

PACIFIC REGIONAL RECAP (Belmont, CA)

Crystal Springs is unquestionably one of the most challenging courses in the NIRCA circuit. Nothing demonstrated that better than a year ago when the UC Davis men won the regional title with one of the slowest 8k averages of all regional champs or runners-up and went on to take the national title two weeks later. If history is to repeat itself for the Aggies, defending their Pacific title was a good start.

 

With all scoring five in the top ten overall, UC Davis outdueled Cal Poly for the second straight year, this time by a close 25-31 score. Nathan Kwan helped the cause by scoring 1 point and getting the individual title in 26:10. Teammates Jake Dialesandro (26:36) and Blake Zufall (26:43) were fifth and sixth respectively while Chris Myers was eighth and Adam Cobert ninth. UC Davis averaged 26:38 with a tight 0:41 spread.

 

Cal Poly’s second place effort was led by race runner-up Sam Nishi (26:27) and fourth place finisher Landon Wollard (26:36). The Mustangs had four in the top ten and nearly matched UC Davis’ average with a 26:42 and a meet-best 0:27 spread.

 

Stanford placed third in the team standings with 78 points. Wyatt Mullen (26:52) was the first Cardinal across the line in 11th place. Oregon did not field a full team but had the third place medalists in the region as Carter Christman clocked a 26:32.

 

NORTHEAST REGIONAL RECAP (Jamesville Beach, NY)

Binghamton University was a heavy favorite to take another Northeast Region title and the Bearcats didn’t falter in thumping the field with 51 points. UConn was the next closest squad, scoring 87 while Cornell University was third with 100 points.

 

Jigar Gosalia and Zachary Malik gave the champs two medalists on the day with Gosalia taking second in 27:23 and Malik ninth 28:14. Just outside the top ten for Binghamton was Kyle Loftus in 11th place. Rounding out the scoring was Mark Richter in 13th and Jasper Suhr in 16th place.

 

UConn also placed two runners on the medal stand to aid their charge to the runner-up trophy. Patrick Briody was third overall in 27:25 while teammate Timothy Cannata was tenth in 28:18.

 

Harvard University’s Emmanuel D’Agostino ran away with the individual title in Jamesville, hitting the tape in 27:14. Other individuals earning medals were St. John’s John Fullam (fourth, 27:32), Cornell’s Connor Rosenblatt (fifth, 27:35) and Trevor Jamison (sixth, 27:38), Northeastern’s Luke Janik (seventh, 27:44) and Buffalo’s Patrick Quierzo (eighth, 28:02).

2016 Week 6 Men’s Rankings

Rank

Team

Region

Previous

1

UC Davis

Pacific

1

2

Penn State

Mid Atlantic

2

3

Indiana

Great Lakes

3

4

Princeton

Mid Atlantic

4

5

Michigan

Great Lakes

5

6

Iowa State

Great Plains

6

7

Virginia Tech

Mid Atlantic

7

8

Cal Poly

Pacific

NR

9

Illinois

Great Plains

8

10

Cincinnati

Great Lakes

9

Dropped Out: #10 North Carolina State

Teams to Watch: North Carolina State, Binghamton, Purdue, Penn, Minnesota, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, Miami (OH)

 

 

WOMEN’S WEEK 6 RANKINGS and REGIONALS RECAPS

 

PACIFIC REGIONAL RECAP (Belmont, CA)

Stanford accomplished two goals last Saturday in Belmont. First, the Cardinal captured their first-ever NIRCA regional title and did so in a pretty dominant fashion. Second, the ladies from Palo Alto served notice to the rest of the country that they will be in the conversation at Nationals.

 

All five Stanford scorers not only medaled but crossed the finish line in succession, going 4-5-6-7-8 for the easy and impressive win. Not to mention their number six runner grabbed an individual medal in tenth place and their number seven was 11th overall. Amia Nash (23:32), Kiah Hardcastle (23:34), Sophie Lohmann (23:48), Molly Dicke (24:32), Maggie Wood (24:34) were the scorers followed by Amelie Heliou (24:40) and Kat Gregory (24:50). The Pacific Regional champs averaged 24:00 with a 1:02 spread and scored 30 points.

 

UC Davis was the next best team in the region, scoring 54 points. Individual champion Sally Keating blew away the field in 21:43 to lead the Aggies. Teammate Julia Cunniffe (24:39) medaled in ninth place and UC Davis averaged 24:29.

 

Third-place Cal Poly accounted for the other two individual medalists in the region, as Hannah Allen and Leah Meuter covered the Crystal Springs course in 22:01 and 22:56, good for second and third respectively. Cal Poly scored 63 points and had a 24:42 average.

 

NORTHEAST REGIONAL RECAP (Jamesville Beach, NY)

Boston University swept the top three spots and cruised to the Northeast Regional title. The Terriers first regional crown came by scoring 36 points, better than second place UConn’s 53 and third place UMass Amherst’s 72.

 

Annie Geasa ran to the individual title in 24:55 while teammates Michelle Alessandro and Natalie Obssuth were close behind running 25:07 and 25:15. Helping BU to the team crown, with a 25:55 average, was the seventh place finish of Hayley Gambone (26:31).

 

UConn placed two in the top ten of the race with Erin Gibbons (25:43) in fifth and Maura Oei (26:40) in eighth. UMass Amherst also had two medalists as Jen Pajer (25:35) was fourth and Audrey Malloy (26:49) was tenth. Also medaling in the Northeast Region was Binghamton’s Bethany Brown in sixth place and Northeastern’s Abigail Paglia in ninth.

 

2016 Week 6 Women’s Rankings

Rank

Team

Region

Previous

1

Penn State

Mid Atlantic

1

2

Michigan

Great Lakes

2

3

Michigan State

Great Lakes

3

4

North Carolina

Southeast

4

5

Princeton

Mid Atlantic

5

6

Indiana

Great Lakes

6

7

Stanford

Pacific

NR

8

Oregon

Pacific

7

9

Illinois

Great Plains

8

T10

Virginia

Mid Atlantic

9

T10

Pittsburgh

Mid Atlantic

10

Dropped Out: None

Teams to Watch: UC Davis, Miami (OH), Wisconsin, Iowa State, Georgetown, Delaware, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Boston University


Tommy Otterbine, NIRCA

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