The Chadron State College women’s team placed ninth and the men were 15th at the NCAA Division II South Central Region Cross Country Championships at Canyon, Texas, on Saturday. There were 27 women’s teams and 28 men’s teams in the competition, which wrapped up the season for the Eagles.
As anticipated, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams dominated. Adams State, Colorado Mines and Western State finished in that order in both races, and will advance to the National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 22.
The Adams State women swept the first three individual places while scoring 26 points to run away with the women’s title. Colorado Mines had 82 points, Western State 87. Another RMAC member, Colorado-Colorado Springs was fourth with 119 points and will undoubtedly be among the teams that receive at-large invitations to Evansville, Ind. Dallas Baptist was fifth with 151 and Fort Lewis sixth with 228.
The Chadron State women totaled 286 points for their ninth place finish. CSC was led by sophomore Alyce Henry, who was 30th among the 183 runners, and senior Nicky Banzhaf, who was 39th.
CSC coach Brian Medigovich said he was pleased that the Lady Eagles finished in the top half in the regional team standings since the South Central is far and away the toughest of the eight in the nation.
The women ran 6 kilometers.
With its top three runners finishing one, two and four, Adams State won the men’s championship with 35 points. Colorado Mines was just three points behind after its top four filled the fifth through eighth place finishes. Western State was a distant third with 129 points.
Meet host West Texas A&M was fourth with 184 points, followed by Colorado State-Pueblo with 188. Pueblo’s Marcelo Laguera finished third individually, meaning that RMAC runners swept the first nine places.
Chadron State totaled 405 points. Three seniors led the Eagles. Levi Avila was 62nd, Eric Yager 68th and Phil Duncan 84th among the 187 men who finished the 10 kilometer course.
Medigovich said the men also had a good season. He noted that a late-season injury to sophomore Riley Howard, who was “running with” the seniors early in the schedule, probably hurt the Eagles somewhere between 50 and 70 points.
Chadron State’s women’s results follow:
Women—30, Alyse Henry, 22:35.8; 39, Nicky Banzhaf, 22:55.1; 64, Julia Elkelson, 22:35.6; 65, Taylor Allison, 23:35.7; 97, Dominque Oden, 24:18.8; 128, Sarah Myers, 24:53.3; 147, Emma Willardsen, 25:27.2.
Men—62, Levi Avila, 33:14.3; 68, Eric Yager, 33:26.2; 84, Phil Duncan, 33:53.2; 95, Sheldon Curley, 34:09.4; 101, Josef Gertner, 34:14.9; 134, Riley Howard, 35:27.7; 143, Hunter Kratz, 36:01.6.
The top 10 individuals:
Women—1, Malena Grover, Adams State, 21:03.6; 2, Eilish Flanagan, Adams State, 21:15.1; 3, Roisin Flanagan, Adams State, 21:21.6; 4, Aneta Konieczek, Western State, 21:28.5; 5, Miriam Roberts, CSU-Pueblo, 21:32.8; 6, Erin Norton, Western State, 21:34.7; 7, Megan Wenham, Colo. Mines, 21:35.2; 8, Molly Klotz, Colo.-Colorado Springs, 21:38.5; 9, Rebekah Hernandez, Texas A&M International, 21:40.5; 10, HaLeigh Hunter-Galvan, Adams State, 21:43.7.
Men—1, Lucio Ramirez, Adams State, 30:38.5; 2, Elias Gedyon, Adams State, 30:40.3; 3, Marcelo Laguera, CSU-Pueblo, 30:40.5; 4, Kale Adams, Adams State, 30:51.3; 5, Ricardo Ocampo, Colo. Mines, 30:54.1; 6, Grant Colligan, Colo. Mines, 31:00.8; 7, Matt Kade, Colo. Mines, 31:54.1; 8, Ben Schneiderman, Colo. Mines, 31:08.4; 9, Joe Joshua, Adams State, 31:11.9; 10, Baylor Harvey, Rogers State (Oklahoma), 31:15.6.