Providence claimed sixth Big East title; Arizona won first PAC-12 title
Big East Championships
SOMERS, Wis. -- Fourth-ranked Providence claimed the program's sixth Big East conference title today on Saturday. The Friars had four of the top-seven finishers, including three in the top four. All five scoring runners from Providence earned All-Big East Honors.
Senior Emily Sisson claimed a first-place finish to win the individual title. Sisson out paced Villanova's Emily Lipari, last season's individual champion, by five seconds to earn the program's first individual Big East title since 2005 (Fiona Crombie`05). Sisson's time of 19:49 crushed the meet record of 20:26.
Sophomore Sarah Mary Collins was the next Friar to cross the finish line. Collins also came in under the course record with a time of 19:58 for a third-place finish. Senior Laura Nagel was the third Friar to finish within the top-four for Providence. Nagel claimed a fourth place finish with a time of 20:21.
Freshman Catarina Rocha turned in a season-best time of 20:26 as the fourth Friar to score. Rocha's time propelled her to a seventh-place finish for Providence.
Third-ranked Georgetown placed second in the race.
Georgetown's top finisher was All-American Rachel Schneider who finished fifth overall in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:23. Samantha Nadel, in a breakout season, matched Schneider's time, finishing in sixth, right on Schneider's shoulder. All-American Katrina Coogan rounded out the top-10 finishers with a 10th-place showing, timing in at 20:44. The Hoyas stuck together as a team with Rachel Paul, competing in her first season of cross country finishing 11th, matching Coogan's time at 11th place.
Seventh-ranked Butler placed third with 66 points. Butler had two runners in the top 10; Mara Olson took eighth and Katie Clark at ninth.
LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- Arizona claimed the first conference championship in program history.
The women’s team was led by 2013 Scholar Athlete of the Year, senior Elvin Kibet. She took second place with a time of 21:15. She finished nine seconds behind the leader. It is the second-consecutive year that Kibet has finished in third place or better. In fifth place, sophomore Kayla Beattie posted a time of 21:20. Junior Nicci Corbin’s time of 21:23 was good for sixth place.
The team won with 69 points. Colorado took second place with 75 points. Washington totaled 111 points in third place. Oregon took fourth place with 113 points. Stanford’s 129 points were good for fifth place. Arizona State tallied 138 points and took sixth place.
GAINESVILLE Fla. -- Arkansas defeated the field to claim the program’s 14th Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship on Friday. Arkansas scored a total of 32 points with eight finishers in the top 25 spots. Texas A&M came in second place with a score of 123 points.
Sophomore Dominque Scott was at the front of the lead pack at the two-mile mark with a time of 10:53.97 before taking the lead for good after three miles and crossing the finish line at 20:02.81 for the third-fastest time at the SEC championships meet.
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- In a test of depth and late-race mettle, No. 5 Florida State pulled off its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Friday at Beeson Park, edging runner-up, tenth-ranked Virginia 52-65.
Buffeted by rain, juniors Colleen Quigley and Hannah Walker led the Seminoles' charge, placing second and fifth in 20:13.9 and 20:25.0, respectively. However, the strong finishes of Linden Hall (8th, 20:34.3), Pippa Woolven (18th, 21:03.8) and Carly Thomas (19th, 21:05.6), enabled FSU to pull out the victory and extend the second-longest title streak in ACC history.
Virginia had its highest finish in three years at the ACC championships.
Four Cavaliers earned All-ACC honors with top 21 finishes in the race, the most All-ACC selections in school history. Senior Barbara Strehler was the first Virginia runner across the line, placing fourth in a time of 20:20.8. First-year Maria Hauger was 10th, junior Kathleen Stevens was 12th and first-year Sarah Fakler was 14th to also earn All-ACC honors. Sophomore Cleo Boyd rounded out the Cavalier scoring five in 25th place.
Big Ten Championships
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Michigan State entered the weekend looking for its fifth Big Ten team title, and third in four years. The Spartans did just that as they placed first among competition with 43 team points. Michigan placed second with 55 points and Minnesota placed third with 68 points.
Michigan State was led by three top-10 finishers. Leah O'Connor led the Spartans with a second-place finish.
Michigan's Erin Finn won the individual title.
Big 12 Championships
WACO, Texas -- The talent of No. 8 Iowa State was on display Saturday at the Big 12 Championships. The Cyclones took home the program’s third-consecutive conference title, winning the team race by an impressive 79 points against second-place West Virginia.
Cyclone sophomore Crystal Nelson led the charge with a runner-up finish, completing the 6K race in 19:49. The Cyclones placed three runners in the top-5, four in the top-10 and five in the top-15. All Cyclone scorers earned All-Big 12 recognition.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Ninth-ranked New Mexico ran to its sixth Mountain West championship title on Friday at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Lobos scored 31 team points and were trailed by Boise State who had 61. Coming in third place was Colorado State.
Leading New Mexico was Samantha Silva in second with a time of 21:12.10. Overall New Mexico placed five runners in the top 10.