DIII Regional Recap: Favorites Look Strong In NCAA Rehearsal

Workout Wednesday: North Central Mile Repeats

Below are the 32 men’s and women’s DIII NCAA cross country teams heading to nationals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this Saturday, November 17. We highlight the top stories from regionals underneath the NCAA fields.

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South/Southeast Region

MEN

Rhodes

Emory

Berea

WOMEN

Emory

Centre College

Central Region

MEN

Wartburg

Carleton

St. Olaf

St. Thomas (Minn.)

WOMEN

Carleton

Nebraska Wesleyan

Wartburg

Great Lakes Region

MEN

Calvin

Otterbein

Depauw

Case Western Reserve

WOMEN

Baldwin Wallace

Allegheny (Pa.)

Oberlin

Hope

Calvin

Otterbein

Midwest Region

MEN

North Central (Ill.)

UW-La Crosse

Washington U.

UW-Eau Claire

UW-Stout

U. Chicago

WOMEN

Washington U.

UW-Eau Claire

UW-La Crosse

U. Chicago

Wheaton

Mideast Region

MEN

Carnegie Mellon

Haverford

Johns Hopkins

WOMEN

Johns Hopkins

Dickinson

Carnegie Mellon

Atlantic Region

MEN

RPI

SUNY Geneseo

RIT

SUNY Oneonta

WOMEN

SUNY Geneseo

RPI

St. Lawrence

TCNJ

Rochester

New England Region

MEN

Amherst

Williams

Middlebury

MIT

Tufts

Bates

WOMEN

MIT

Middlebury

Williams

Brandeis

Tufts

Bates

West Region

MEN

Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

WOMEN

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Pomona-Pitzer

D3 Men: North Central Easily Wins Frozen Midwest Regional Over No. 2 UW-La Crosse

The North Central men haven’t truly been tested by their competition in 2018 as they’ve dominated every race, but Saturday at the Midwest regional in Colfax, Wisconsin, the Cardinals battled a different kind of opponent: freezing temps and a course covered in snow.



The 18-time NCAA champions didn’t flinch. Despite facing less than ideal conditions and their stiffest competitive challenge thus far in the season—No. 2 UW-La Crosse and No. 3 Washington U.—the Cardinals put five men in the top nine as they won 30-74 over La Crosse.



With race day temperatures once again expected to be below freezing this upcoming Saturday as the DIII XC train heads three hours south to Oshkosh for nationals, the two-time defending NCAA champions will be confident that they’re prepared for anything thrown their way. Nothing is stopping this team.

In the individual battle at the Midwest region, Brad Hodkinson of Washington U. got the icy win in 24:31. With regionals and nationals separated by just a week, finishing order should certainly be taken with a grain of salt (No. 1-ranked Dhruvil Patel was just sixth on Saturday), but it was a solid win for Hodkinson nonetheless: the senior beat six top 10 FloXC individuals in Colfax.

For North Central, a new face up front led the way at regionals. Senior Chris Buechner, a transfer from the University of Alabama who was making his regional debut, finished third overall in 24:35. For a guy who had only cracked the varsity top five one other time this season, Saturday’s performance was a big breakthrough for Buechner.

D3 Women: Johns Hopkins Dominates Mideast Region...Without Several Top Runners

For the 11th straight season, the Johns Hopkins women are DIII Mideast region champions, as the Blue Jays put three runners in the top five en route to a 36-79 trouncing of Dickinson on Saturday in Valley, Pennsylvania.

All-American senior Felicia Koerner scored the individual 6K win in 22:31, with her Hopkins teammate Sam Levy just three seconds back in second. Therese Olshanski was fifth overall for the Blue Jays, while Emily Stahl and Kristin Meek were 13th and 15th, respectively, to round out the scoring. 

Like the North Central men, the Hopkins women are hunting their third consecutive DIII cross country title in Oshkosh, and all signs point to that outcome heading into the national meet. 

Not only did Hopkins rest senior Ellie Clawson—the NCAA’s top returner from 2017—on Saturday, but coach Bobby Van Allen also sat Caelyn Reilly and Tasha Freed, who were second and third behind Clawson at the conference meet two weeks. With those three back in the fold in Oshkosh to aid Koerner, Levy, and Olshanski etc., this group will be nearly unbeatable on November 17.

D3 Women: Coast Guard Sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney Wins New England Region By 20 Seconds, Rides Big Momentum Into Nationals

While men’s individual NCAA favorite Dhruvil Patel appeared to hold back at the Midwest region, his fellow No. 1-ranked individual, Coast Guard’s Kaitlyn Mooney, did not; Mooney won the New England region in Brunswick, Maine, going away in 20:43. The sophomore beat All-American Emily Bryson by 20 seconds to claim her third consecutive victory in 2018, and her second straight regional crown.



Of course, Mooney isn’t a recent revelation—she first burst onto the scene last season as a freshman when she finished fourth at NCAAs—but now she will enter nationals as a favorite coming off yet another stellar fall. On paper, the only woman standing in her way from an individual title is Hopkins’ Ellie Clawson, who beat Mooney by a place at NCAAs in 2017.

The pair have not raced this season, and Clawson will have the advantage of being fully rested after skipping regionals, but no one is riding a hotter hand in DIII right now than Kaitlyn Mooney. A victory in Oshkosh for the sophomore would mark the first women’s individual cross country title by a service academy athlete in NCAA history. 

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Weekend Recap: Tefera Crashes Kejelcha's World Record Party

In recent weeks I have been referring to the 2019 indoor season as the winter of Kejelcha, as the Ethiopian’s string of fast performances have made him arguably the top attraction in the sport so far this year. 

Samuel Tefera Upsets Yomif Kejelcha, Breaks 1500m WR

Ethiopian Samuel Tefera broke the world record in the 1500m on Saturday, running 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England to better Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark of 3:31.18 from 1997. 

Hassan, Wanders To Race Monaco 5K On Sunday

Monaco is typically known as the home for one of the world’s top Diamond League meets. But this Sunday, a few of the biggest names in the world will take to the roads on the French Riviera in a 5K. The men’s field is highlighted by Julien Wanders, who just broke the European record in the half marathon, while Sifan Hassan is the top entrant for the women.

FloTrack Predicts Top-12 NCAA DMRs For This Weekend

This weekend for most mid-distance squads is called ‘DMR weekend’, where majority of the top DMR schools compete for an NCAA qualifier (Top-12 National Mark).

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Miles & DMR At UW, Austin Marathon LIVE Sunday

With NCAA conference championships next weekend and many of the top pros coming off of the Millrose Games last Saturday, this upcoming Friday through Sunday will be a little quieter for the top track and field athletes. But there's still plenty of entertaining races coming your way on FloTrack this weekend, from fast mid-distance action in Seattle to our race coverage of the 2019 Austin Marathon and more.

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These 58 Returning All-Americans Haven't Qualified For NCAAs Yet

With just two weeks left to qualify for the 2019 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, there are a lot of big names who have yet to make the top 16 in one of their marquee events. Below is a list of 161 athletes who have the talent or experience to become an All-American this year, but currently do not hold a top-16 mark. Among these athletes, a staggering 58 of them were All-Americans in 2018 (indoors/outdoors).

NCAA 800m Champ Sammy Watson Is Going Pro

2018 NCAA outdoor 800m champion Sammy Watson of Texas A&M, who won nationals as just a freshman last spring, has turned professional, according to the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

A Crazy Second Lap And Other Takeaways From Kejelcha's 3:48.46 Mile

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Despite falling short of his goal of breaking Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45 by an excruciating 0.01 seconds, Yomif Kejelcha’s mile on Saturday completely lived up to the pre-race hype. Not only did he run the fastest time indoors in 22 years, but his inconsistent splits underscored a performance that could have been faster with smoother pacing. And at just 21-years-old, Kejelcha’s near-miss at the Armory felt much more like a triumph than a failure.