Women’s Cross Country Repeats as Midwest Regional Champ

Women’s Cross Country Repeats as Midwest Regional Champ


Winneconne, Wis., Nov. 12, 2016 - The Washington University in St. Louis women's cross country team had five runners finish in the top-25 en route to winning the 2016 NCAA Division III Midwest Region Cross Country Championships Saturday at Lake Breeze Golf Club. The WashU men faired well in its 8K race, placing fourth overall out of 33 teams. 

The WashU women scored 66 points to win its third consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional title, and earn the eighth regional title in school history. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse finished as the runner-up with 81 points to claim the other automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. WashU previously won the NCAA Midwest Region Championship in 2002, 2005-07, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

The WashU men scored 138 points to finish fourth overall. North Central College (Ill.) won the men's title with 37 points scored while University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was second with 91.

The top-five runners for the WashU women all raced to All-Region honors by finishing in the top-35 – junior Aly Wayne (2nd), junior Alison Lindsay (3rd), sophomore Ellie Degen (17th), freshman Elizabeth Hagstrom (20th) and senior Annie Marggraff (24th). Four men earned All-Region honors for the WashU in junior David O'Gara (10th), sophomore Kyle Cepeda (27th), freshman Nick Matteucci (28th) and sophomore Peter Johnsrud (35th). Lindsay earned the honor for the third straight season while Wayne and Degen repeated as All-Region performers.


WOMEN – 6K (264 runners)

1. Khia Kurtenbach – 21:42 (U. of Chicago)

2. Aly Wayne – 21:44

3. Alison Lindsay – 21:51

17. Ellie Degen – 22:25

20. Elizabeth Hagstrom – 22:29

24. Annie Marggraff – 22:32

41. Kimberly Johnson – 22:56

MEN – 8K (240 runners)

1. Ian LaMere (UW-Platteville) – 24:02

10. David O'Gara – 25:00

27. Kyle Cepeda – 25:26

28. Nick Matteucci – 25:27

35. Peter Johnsrud – 25:37

38. Kirby Simon – 25:44

42. Dillon Williams – 25:45

50. Sawyer Kelly – 25:57

Up Next: The WashU women's team will return to action at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 19, in Louisville, Ky. The WashU men will await an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced Sunday, Nov. 13.