COLFAX, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Three Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) women's cross country runners earned All-Region honors by virtue of a top-35 finish at the NCAA Division III Midwest Region Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday at Whitetail Golf Course.
Aurora senior Jackie Schane was the first NACC runner across the line, placing 22nd with a 22:38.0 clocking. Edgewood's Piper Atnip was next across with a 26th-place time of 22:43.1, while Benedictine's Emma Roberts became the league's third-and-final all-region runner with a time of 22:58.5 to finish 34th overall. Aurora's Jazzmine Reyes (58th, 23:29.4) and Edgewood's Taylor Mair (69th, 23:41.3) round out the top-5 NACC finishers.
Aurora was the highest-place conference squad in the women's team scoring, placing 17th of 36 complete teams with 505 points. NACC champion Edgewood was two spots back in 19th place with 540 points. Concordia Wisconsin (694) placed 24th as a team followed by Benedictine (759) in 25th, MSOE (786) in 28th, Wisconsin Lutheran (845) in 31st and Mount Mary (1092) in 34th. Illinois Tech, Marian and Rockford also sent runners to this year's regional meet.
Washington University in St. Louis (58 points) and UW-Eau Claire (93 points) occupied the top two spots to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Wheaton's Hannah Roeske won the regional title with a time of 21:21.8.
Six NACC men's runners finished in the top 100 at the regional meet, led by Concordia Wisconsin's Craig Reese in 44th place with a time of 25:49.2. Benedictine's Joseph Chavez was the next NACC runner across in 65th place (26:09.2), while teammate Michael Skora (26:15.2) edged Aurora's Brandon Estrada (26:15.6) for 69th place.
MSOE was the highest-place NACC squad in the men's team race, placing 17th of 35 teams with 550 points. League champion Benedictine (585) was 19th, followed by Illinois Tech (700) in 23rd place, Concordia Wisconsin (764) in 27th place, Aurora (828) in 29th place, Wisconsin Lutheran (860) in 31st place and Edgewood (895) in 32nd place. Marian and Rockford also sent runners to this year's regional meet.
North Central College (30 points) and UW-La Crosse (74 points) finished one-two to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Brad Hodkinson of Washington-St. Louis bested the field of 253 runners with a time of 24:31.8 to capture the men's individual crown.
Saturday marked the end of the cross country season for most, if not all, NACC runners. Schane has an outside chance at qualifying for the national meet as an individual selection, but would need at least four of the 16 at-large teams selected for the championship to come from the Midwest Region. The full fields for next Saturday's NCAA Championships will be released at noon Sunday.
The Championships will be held Nov. 17 at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.