Ole Miss, Mid Tennessee, Georgia Auto Qualify, Alabama On Bubble In South

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With a tight pack of scorers, the Ole Miss women's cross country team stole the crown out of the NCAA South Region on Friday morning in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Led by a top-five pack that spread from seventh to 16th place, Ole Miss scored a winning total of 59 points to beat runner-up Georgia's 73 points.

Ole Miss's winning performance marked the program's first NCAA South Region title.

Georgia maybe have scored two of the top three individual spots with Samantha Drop and her twin sister Jessica finishing first and third, but the Bulldogs were no match for the Ole Miss stronghold.

With top two team finishes in the books, both Ole Miss and Georgia have earned the automatic qualifying spots to the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Bulldogs' performance marked the team's first NCAA qualifying berth since 2012.

Led by a runner-up individual finish from NCAA indoor mile champion Karisa Nelson, Samford earned the third-place trophy. The team scored 94 points to finish ahead of Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Follow the live updates of the NCAA region weekend in the Kolas LIVE Selection Show


Men's Race

The men's race proved to be a thrilling battle up front between the Alabama trio of Gilbert Kigen, Alfred Chelanga, and Vincent Kiprop and the Middle Tennessee State duo of Jacob Choge and Kigen Chemadi. Kigen pulled away for the victory with a winning time of 29:44 over his teammate Chelanga and region rival Choge.

Despite the strength of the front-running trio, Alabama will likely not be contending at the NCAA championships as a full team. Alabama collected a third-place finish over race winner Middle Tennessee State and runner-up Ole Miss. But Kigen, Chelanga, and Kiprop have officially qualified as individuals to the championship. Tune into the Kolas LIVE Selection show to find out if Alabama makes it to NCAAs as a team based on the results of the following region championships.

The Blue Raiders pulled away from Ole Miss to collect a close team victory with 71 points, just five points less than Ole Miss. Both Middle Tennessee and Ole Miss will contend at the NCAA championships after collecting top-two team finishes and automatic qualifying spots out of the South Region.

Note: The at-large teams are based on the FloTrack NCAA Cross Country projections and are not the official selection of the NCAA.

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Buze Diriba, Ben True Kick To United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon Titles

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By Rich Sands, @sands© Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (18-Mar) -- Slow early paces led to fast finishes at the United Airlines NYC Half here, with Ben True of Hanover, N.H., and Buze Diriba of Ethiopia using blazing kicks to take the victories on a cold, windy morning. More than 22,000 runners started the race, an event record.

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut

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Ben True’s first foray into the half marathon went about as well as possible. The 32-year-old, best known for his abilities in the 5000 and 10,000m, used his track speed to outkick Dathan Ritzenhein to win the New York City Half Marathon in 1:02:39, becoming the first American man to win the race. Prior to Sunday, True had never raced longer than 10 miles. But he did have years of experience in shorter distances -- something that was especially useful after the conservative early pace turned the race tactical and put a premium on a fast finish. 

Briana Williams Passes Marion Jones' World Age Group Record in 100


Briana Williams just made history. 

On Saturday at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, the Oakland Park Northeast (FL) High sophomore broke a 27-year-old record held by Marion Jones in the 100m run, setting a new 15-year-old world age group record with a wind-legal time of 11.13 seconds (+1.7).

After Eight-Month Layoff, Costello Returns To Racing At NYC Half

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By Rich Sands, @sands(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Photo: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half.  

NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships.