NAU, Colorado Win Top Team Showdown In NCAA Mountain Region

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For the first time in NCAA Division I history, the top two nationally ranked men's and women's cross country teams faced off at a regional championship, and the results were a thrilling showdown in the NCAA Mountain Region.

The women's race kicked off first and featured a fifth-straight victory from the No. 2 Colorado Buffaloes over runner-up No. 1 New Mexico. The Lobos earned the individual title with a dominant performance from Ednah Kurgat, but the Buffaloes secured the team crown by putting five runners in the first 16 places. Just eight seconds separated first runner Makena Morley (seventh) from fifth runner Brianna Schwartz (16th).

New Mexico held out All-American and key contributor Alice Wright, but raced three of the top four in Kurgat (first), freshman Weini Kelati (third), and Charlotte Prouse (fifth). The team's fourth and fifth runners were 27th and 34th.

In total, Colorado scored 62 points and New Mexico scored 70 points. Behind the top two teams, BYU and Utah State secured unofficial at-large bids with a third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.

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


Men's Race

In the men's race, defending NCAA champions Northern Arizona faced off against No. 2-ranked BYU, and the result was a dominant showing from the Lumberjacks, who placed six runners in the top 23 places.

Led by a third-place individual finish from Tyler Day and a fifth-place finish from Matt Baxter, Northern Arizona tallied a score of 49 points, well ahead of the BYU Cougars' 79-point total.

However, BYU held out some key contributors, including freshman phenom Casey Clinger. But the team still managed to safely qualify for the championship with a runner-up finish. Rory Linkletter's runner-up finish and Connor McMillan's fourth-place finish led the squad who placed all five within the first 27 finishers.

According to FloTrack's projections, the team who will receive at-large bids to the NCAA championships are Colorado (third), Colorado State (fourth), Air Force (fifth), Southern Utah (sixth), and Utah State (seventh).

The Colorado Buffaloes were led by an individual title from Joe Klecker who kicked down Linkletter to take the crown in a winning time of 30:13, one second ahead of his region rival.

All unofficial at-large NCAA qualifiers can be found here.

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.