Region Recap

Nov 162003
Authors: John Teten

Today is D-Day for the Colorado State cross country teams.

Sometime this afternoon head coach Del Hessel and his Ram runners

will know if they are headed to Waterloo, Iowa, for the NCAA Cross

Country Championships.

Both teams narrowly missed the automatic bid, given to the top

two finishers in each region, on Saturday as the men finished fifth

and the women third at the NCAA Mountain Regional meet in Logan,


Thirteen teams will receive an at-large bid and the chance to

compete at nationals on Nov. 24. The team is optimistic that they

will be included in the field.

“I am very confident that we will be invited,” Hessel said.

The selection criteria is based off a number of factors, most

notably in the Rams favor is the inclusion of teams that have

beaten squads that received an automatic bid. Earlier this season

the women beat Providence and Minnesota, who clinched a spot from

their respective regions.

The men’s hope lies in the strength of the Mountain Region.

Considered the toughest of any region the chances for five teams to

receive invites is highly possible, Hessel said.

In Logan, the men had their “best race of the year,” Hessel


Each runner ran a complete race and senior stud Austin Vigil had

his standard, brilliant race. Vigil finished seventh overall,

finishing the 10-kilometer race in 31 minutes, 10 seconds.

Running behind Vigil were Josh Glaab (16th, 31:28), Mike Nicks

(21st, 31:49), Bill Michel (28th, 31:55) and Matt Ciancuilli (32nd,


The University of Colorado-Boulder took home the men’s team

title placing three runners in the top 10.

The Rams’ women continue to run better each week and they put

together a strong race on Saturday.

“They have an outstanding competitive attitude,” Hessel said.

“They are determined to stay together and support each other.”

Crystal Clark led the way for CSU, but her teammates were not

far behind; there was only a 22-second split between the first and

fifth runner.

“It was probably our best race,” Clark said. “We all worked

together. It helps in the long run, the teammates pull you


Clark finished the 6K race 16th overall in 21:47. Colleen Blair

(17th, 21:52), Nicole Feest (18th, 21:52), Jen Kintzley (26th,

22:09) and Michelle Carmen (27th, 22:10) wrapped up the Rams’


The women entered the meet needing to beat either Northern

Arizona or CU to increase their chances of a national bid. They did

just that, finishing ahead of NAU. BYU won the race and had the top

overall finisher, Michaela Mannova (20:33)

The Rams took care of their job this weekend and the invitations

will be handed out today.

“Both teams put together their best race,” Hessel said. “And

their best race was required.”

All they can do now is wait.




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