Augustana Vikings Athletics

11/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/09/2019 13:18

Augustana Women's Cross Country Takes Home Regional Title

JOPLIN, Mo. -The Augustana women's cross country team captured the 2019 NCAA Central Region Cross Country Championship while the men placed third Saturday morning in Joplin, Missouri. The women's team took home the regional title for the first time since 2012. With the placings, both teams qualified for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, California, on Nov. 23.

The women's team had six runners finish in the top-15 with a final score of 41 while the men had three runners finish in the top-15 with a final score of 76. The women beat out conference foe UMary by nine points to take home the title.

Women's race
The women's 41 points are the second-lowest total in program history after compiling 64 points in last year's runners-up performance. After losing four of its top-8 from last year the women bounced back in a big way.

improved off her 18th place finish a year ago with a third-place finish this year to lead the Vikings. Schmidt finished with a time of 21:25.33. placed seventh with a time of 21:39.24 while her sister finished right behind her in eighth with a time of 21:39.72.

Rounding out the top-10 for Augustana was who improved 22 spots from her 2018 finish of 32nd to finish in 10th place this year with a time of 21:42.08. placed 13th with a time of 21:45.15 and placed 15th with a time of 21:48.76. Completing the scoring for the Vikings was , the sophomore finished with a time of 22:16.22 for 27th place.

With the first-place finish, the Viking women have qualified for their 13th national meet in the last 14 years.

Men's race
The men have now qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 11th-straight year after placing in the top three today. The men's 76 points were 24 points behind first-place Missouri Southern and 12 points behind Northwest Missouri.

led the way for the Vikings placing third with a time of 30:13.30. Runge is coming off placing first at the NSIC Championships. and round out the top-15 for the Vikings. Urtusastegui placed 12th with a time of 30:53.9 while Miller ran a time of 31:11.60 and finished in 14th place.

had a strong time of 31:28.9 that placed him 21st while placed 26th with a time of 31:37.7. and round out the scoring for Augie as Klitzke placed 30th with a time of 31:46.10. Steiger finished 55th after running a time of 32:24.4.

Up Next
Both the men's and women's teams will finish up its season after earning spots in the NCAA DII National Championships on Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California.