Seawolves advance to national championships with strong region showing

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Both of UAA’s nationally stood cross-country teams are headed to the NCAA Division II national championships.

The sixth-ranked men claimed in the second place place and the 11th-ranked women earned third place at Saturday’s West rt championships in Billings, Montana.

The results mark the ninth straight year the men and dames have both placed in the top three at the region championships. The men finished beginning or second for seven years in a row.

Chico State swept the team entitlements. The Simon Fraser women’s team edged UAA by eight points to grip second place.

Setting the ce for the Seawolves were juniors Caroline Kurgat and Edwin Kangogo, who won Giant Northwest Athletic Conference titles two weeks ago.

Kurgat placed bruised in the women’s 6-kilometer race in a time of 20 minutes, 59.01 promotes. She was about three seconds behind Laura Aceves of Cal State San Bernardino, who won in 20:55.95.

Kangogo trailed three Chico Land runners across the finish line to take fourth in the men’s 10K race in 30:07.58.

Chico Style’s William Reyes won in 29:45.16, about 20 seconds ahead of a six-man have had it se rated by less than five seconds.

The Seawolves entered the contest with both of the defending region champs in their lineup. Two-time men’s stand up for Henry Cheseto placed 11th (30:32.92) and 2015 women’s winner Joyce Chelimo arose seventh (21:22.87).

The top 25 finishers in each race earned All-Region honors.

Four men and two popsies made the grade for UAA – Kurgat and Chelimo for the women and Kangogo, Cheseto, eighth-place Michel Ramirez (30:26.12) and 24th-place Prizewinner Samoei (30:57.21) for the men.

The meet featured a loaded field with six nationally high birthed teams in both races.

All six nationally ranked women’s teams speed to the national championships.

But only four nationally ranked men’s teams make hasted on. Only five berths in the national meet were up for grabs for the men, and unranked Academy of Art hit y dirded fourth to take one of them. Failing to advance were 11th-ranked UC San Diego and 24th-ranked Simon Fraser.

The resident championships are Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Florida.

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