2017 DI NCAA XC Championships

Statistics & Superlatives From The 2017 NCAA DI XC Championships

Statistics & Superlatives From The 2017 NCAA DI XC Championships

Statistics and superlatives from the 2017 NCAA DI XC Championships in Louisville, Kentucky

Nov 24, 2017 by Johanna Gretschel
Statistics & Superlatives From The 2017 NCAA DI XC Championships

Below, we take a closer look at some of the standout statistics from the NCAA Division I XC Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend. First, we crunch a few stats regarding the men's and women's team champions in Northern Arizona and New Mexico, and then we take a subjective look at the most improved programs and most improved All-American individuals in the NCAA Championships. Finally, we create an objective ranking of the top true freshmen (excluding redshirts) and fifth runners in the Louisville championship 6K and 10K races. Check out full coverage of the NCAA Championships here.

Champions By The Numbers


In three years, the University of New Mexico women have won their first two NCAA DI cross country titles in school history. Louisville is a lucky spot for the Lobos, as the Tom Sawyer Park course is where they captured their first title in 2015. Their 90-point win this year marks the third NCAA title in any sport in UNM history. Ednah Kurgat is the first individual NCAA XC champion in Lobos' history, and her time of 19:19.42 is the fastest NCAA winning time since the women began racing 6K in 2000.

Senior veteran Alice Wright is the only woman who contributed to both title-winning squads; her 14th-place finish in Louisville made her the fifth woman to earn four consecutive All-American finishes in the modern era of the sport along with Jordan Hasay of Oregon (2009-12), Kendra Schaaf of UW/UNC/UNM (2008-11), Risper Kimaiyo of UTEP (2009-12), and Shalaya Kipp of Colorado (2010-13). Wright's prior finishes were 20th in 2014, fifth in 2015, and 19th in 2016.


The Northern Arizona men's dominant 74-point team win marked their second consecutive NCAA XC title. Last year's team championship marked the first NCAA title for the Lumberjacks in any sport. With four of their top five runners returning next year in All-Americans Matthew Baxter (second), Tyler Day (third), Peter Lomong (eighth), and Geordie Beamish (40th), Mike Smith's squad looks poised for title No. 3 in 2018.

Only four men's teams have ever three-peated in NCAA DI history: Drake (1944-46), Villanova (1966-68), UTEP (four-peat 1978-81), and Arkansas (twice, four-peat 1990-93 and three-peat 1998-2000).

Individual men's champion Justyn Knight captured his first NCAA title ahead of Baxter, 29:00.2 to 29:00.8, one of the closest margins in event history. He is the first NCAA XC champion for Syracuse, the 2015 team champions in Louisville.

Most Improved Women's Programs


1San Francisco2366th in 2016; highest ever finish
2Furman710DNQfirst NCAA appearance
3New Mexico117second team title in program history following 2015 win; third NCAA title in any sport in UNM history
4Boise State68DNQhighest ever finish
5Utah State1413DNQfirst NCAA appearance
6Georgia1725DNQtop finish since 15th in 2006; first NCAA appearance since 2012 (30th)
7Eastern Kentucky23NRDNQfirst NCAA appearance

San Francisco head coach Helen Lahman-Winters reflects on the team's first podium finish:

Most-Improved Men's Programs


1Portland2513highest finish in program history, second time on the podium
2Iowa State71316best finish since 1st in 1994
3Colorado State9817best finish since 9th in 1978
4Southern Utah111127highest finish in program history
5BYU327best finish since 2nd in 1993
6Utah State27NRDNQfirst NCAA appearance
7Alabama1410DNQfirst NCAA appearance since 2010

Portland head coach Rob Conner discusses his team's runner-up finish:

Most-Improved All-American Women


1Caroline SangCharlotte6th9th @ NCAA SE Region
2Charlotte ProuseNew Mexico12th208th @ NCAAs
3Heather MacLeanUMass Amherst26th39th @ NCAA NE Region
4Vallery KorirWashington State33rd38th @ NCAA SE Region
5Alyssa SnyderUtah State25th41st @ Mtn Region
6Dorcas WasikeLouisville29th145th @ NCAAs
7Elly HenesNC State32nd159th @ NCAAs

Caroline Sang of Charlotte on placing sixth in her first NCAA XC Championships appearance:

Most-Improved All-American Men


1Peter LomongNAU8th16th @ Big Sky, did not make NCAA roster
2Alex OstbergStanford16th34th @ Pac-12s, did not make NCAA roster
3Nahom SolomonGA Tech22nd31st @ NCAA South Region
4Azaria KirwaLiberty25th31st @ NCAA Southeast Region
5Andrew JordanIowa State15th148th @ NCAAs
6Nick HaugerPortland26th154th @ NCAAs
7Kigen ChemadiMid. Tenn State23rd149th @ NCAAs

NAU head coach Mike Smith gets emotional while talking about Peter Lomong:

Top True Freshmen Women


7Weini KelatiNew Mexico19:35.8DNR / 1st @ FL Nationals 2015
38Brie OakleyCalifornia20:10.31st @ NXN
53Emily VentersBoise State20:22.132nd @ NXN
64Maggie FarrellMichigan State20:26.16th @ NXN MW
79Cailie LogueIowa State20:33.459th @ NXN Heartland / 3rd @ NXN 2015
85Alondra NegronNew Mexico20:36.7Puerto Rico (4:22 1500/10:13 3K SC PBs)
109Clio Ozanne-JacquesOle Miss20:46.6Australia (73rd @ World Jr XC 2017)

Weini Kelati and the Lobos react to their team title:

Top True Freshmen Men


24Casey ClingerBYU26:46.41st @ NXN
28Nadeel WildschuttCoastal Carolina29:52.0South Africa
29Amon KemboiCampbell29:52.1Kenya (ran 13:47 on the track in 2017)
44Cooper TeareOregon30:06.816th @ NXN
60Luis GrijalvaNAU30:19.413th @ FL Nationals
75Ian ShanklinNC State30:28.730th @ NXN SE
78Reed BrownOregon30:30.11st @ FL Nationals

Casey Clinger talks about leading BYU to the podium:

Top Fifth Woman


6244Madison BoremanColorado20:25.7
6949Ella DonaghuStanford20:29.1
7252Elizabeth BirdSan Francisco20:29.6
8563Alondra NegronNew Mexico20:36.7
10881Emma AbrahamsonOregon20:46.5
11588Whittni OrtonBYU20:49.9
12292Alexis FullerBoise State20:53.7
Top Fifth Man


4033Geordie BeamishNAU30:01.2
5446Caleb WebbPortland30:14.4
6555Kramer MortonBYU30:21.7
8470Blake HaneyOregon30:31.7
9882Thomas PollardIowa State30:41.4
10789Zach PerrinColorado30:48.1
11192Carson HumeColorado State30:49.4