Despite Strong Regional Showing, Season Ends for FSU Cross Country

Despite Strong Regional Showing, Season Ends for FSU Cross Country

Despite Strong Regional Showing, Season Ends for FSU Cross Country

The Navy men's cross country team secured the program's second straight bid to the NCAA Championship with a second-place finish at Friday's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship meet.

Lokedi, who took fifth in the nation past year, crossed the finish line in 20:11.6.

Air Force was one of seven men's teams from the Mountain Region to qualify to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, while Smith was one of four female runners from the regional meet to advance. The Senior finished with a time of 19:50.9. Hassan Abdi led the way, finishing second overall.

Schweizer's victory marked her fourth in five races this season, including at the Southeastern Conference Championships on October 27.

The women have steadily improved their point totals since their 18th place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitation in Wisconsin where the team accumulated 488 points.

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"To be in the position that we were was awesome", said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. The Midshipmen really bought into what we needed to do to win. There was no change midway through the race, with the Nittany Lions establishing control up front and the Wildcats and Hoyas battling for second place.

Also scoring for the Ducks were Cooper Teare (23rd, 29:59.3), Blake Haney (32nd, 30:13.1), Reed Brown (42nd, 30:20.3) and Austin Tamagno (46th, 30:32.0). "Ben is a great racer who always puts himself in the right positions to race well at the end". No. 22 St. Olaf College, took fourth in today's race with a team score of 114, and No. 29 University of St. Thomas rounded out the top five with 123 points.

A top-10 finish from junior Mickey Davey (eighth) paced the men during Friday's regional meet, as all five scoring runners finished within the top 40. "We've been practicing for 10K all year long and we got an opportunity to do what we knew we could".

The Washington men narrowly missed out on winning the whole race, losing to No. 6 Portland by just two points.

The NCAA National Championship race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, and hosted by Louisville at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park with the women running at 8:45 a.m. (MT) and the men at 9:45 a.m. (MT). On Saturday afternoon, they officially became the first.

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