This past weekend saw the conference races for the NCAA Division I. All the favorites raced, and all the favorites dominated their conferences. Below are recaps of a few of the heavy hitting conferences, with teams looking to make a splash at the NCAA Championship Meet in November.
With Colorado joining the conference last season, the Pac-12 is arguably the strongest running conference in the nation. With Stanford, Oregon and Arizona already being part of the mix, the addition of Colorado, as well as Utah, makes this the race to watch. The race unfolded as most expected, with Arizona teammates Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu going 1-2 and obliterating the competition. Unfortunately, the rest of their team didn’t show up, and they finished 7th. The Colorado men destroyed the competition with 42 points, securing their 2nd start Pac-12 title, and beating #2 Stanford by nearly 40 points. Oregon came in 3rd.
As expected, Oklahoma State continued its long streak of Big 12 Championships, winning with a score of 24 points. Texas came in second with 56, and Oklahoma came 3rd with 62. Kansas was the 4th place finisher, but the drop from the top three to the rest of the field was quite substantial.
The individual race was completely dominated by Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka, who won by over a minute in a time of 22:52. Girma Mecheso and Shadrack Kipchirchir of OK State came in second and 3rd in 23:58, with Tom Farrell of OK state coming 4th 2 seconds behind them.
After deciding to activate their top two returners form last season, the Wisconsin men’s team once again became the favorite to win NCAAs, and showed just how tough they are in this race, winning with a score of 33. The Michigan men came in second with 65 points, and were followed closely by the Indiana men who scored 79 points.
The surprise individual winner of the race was Indiana’s Zachary Mayhew in a time of 23:29. He bested Wisconsin’s 1-2 punch of Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed who came in 2nd and 3rd in 23:34 and 23:35. Wisconsin had four in the top ten, but had a small drop from 4 to 5 with their 5th placing 15th. If they are hoping to repeat, they will need a stronger effort out of junior Alex Brill.
For more conference actions, head to this link to see a comprehensive list of all the conferences results.