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NCAAs: Arkansas women narrowly defeat BYU to take DI triple crown

The NAU men, favoured to win, trailed BYU in team results

On one of the coldest, wettest, muddiest days of cross-country races in recent memory, the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s team won a six-point victory (their first ever) at the NCAA DI Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday. In the process they became only the second women’s team in history to take the indoor track, outdoor track and cross-country titles in a single calendar year (the University of Texas did it back in 1986). BYU scored 102 points to Arkansas’s 96, with Stanford women rounding out the podium (123 points).

New Mexico’s Weini Kelati opened an early lead and held on for the individual title, finishing 10 seconds ahead of second place in 19:47.5 over 6K. Alicia Monson of Wisconsin was second, in 19:57.1 and Arkansas’s Katie Izzo was third, in 19:59.3.

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Meanwhile, the much-favoured Northern Arizona men could not pull off the anticipated win yesterday. Their first man, Drew Bosley, finished in 23rd position, and the team trailed the first-place BYU by a wide margin (163 to 109). Colorado finished third, with 164 points. Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State took the individual title in 30:32.7 over 10K. Joe Klecker of Colorado was second, in 30:37.1 and Connor Mantz of BYU was third in 30:40.0. Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer took the race out hard, opening up a nine-second lead by the halfway mark, and finished fourth, a second behind Mantz.


Here’s how the Canadians did:

Canadian men

Andrew Alexander – Notre Dame – 67th (31:38.6)
Ehab El-Sandili – Iona – 41st (31:21.2)
Farah Abdulkarim – Ole Miss – DNS
Michael Coccia – Ole Miss – 192nd (32:53.7)

Canadian women

Maggie Smith – Villanova – 141st (21:33.2)
Taryn O’Neill – Northern Arizona – 123rd (21:24.8)
Shona MuCulloch – Washington – 115th (21:20.3)

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