No. 28-ranked Tommie Women's Cross Country had a strong race Saturday in Northfield at the NCAA Regional Championships. The Tommies put three seniors in the top 14, all taking All-Region, and finished a close third place.
UST just missed an automatic team berth into nationals, but Coach Joe Sweeney's squad learned Sunday that it has received an at-large berth into the Nov. 19 race in Louisville set for an 11 a.m. Eastern time start.
St. Thomas will make its third consecutive team trip to the NCAA Championships.
St. Olaf (91), Nebraska Wesleyan (110), St. Thomas (112), Carleton (162) and Wartburg (178) took the first five team spots in the 30-team field. Carleton also took an at-large berth.
The Tommies had all seven runners place in the top 30 percent of the finishers:
- senior Alex Fossum led the Tommies as she placed eighth in a field of 219 runners and took her third All-Region honor (top 35); Fossum has placed 22nd, 24th and eighth in her three career region championship races.
- senior Bridget McGivern took her third All-Region honor as she placed 12th; she has improved from to 74th to 31st to 21st to 12th in her four career region championship races.
- senior Kayla Janto closed fast and took 14th; she has placed 96th, 90th, 38th and 14th in her four career region championship races.
- junior Jenny Walz just missed the All-Region cutoff and placed 37th;
- junior Melissa Marsh had her best race of the season and took 41st to lock down the team's third place;
- Ali Glassbrenner, running in her first career postseason race, took 53rd;
- freshman Sara Ness placed 62nd.
Men's Cross Country
St. Thomas took 12th of 30 teams Saturday in Northfield at the NCAA Regional Championships. UST had a solid 35-second split among their seven runners but finished from 53rd to 90th place.
Senior Trevor Smith led the Toms as he placed 53rd in 26:35. Allen-Michael Burback took 64th; Adam Brant was 71st; Andrew Fritz placed 72nd; Seth Glidewell was 83rd; Parker Rosenau took 87th; and freshman Scott Helstad placed 90th.