Husky women's team makes NCAA cross country field, men fall short
The UW women's team will make its sixth-straight appearance in the national race.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Husky women's cross country team earned its sixth straight berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will be held next Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
The full fields of participants for the race were announced this morning, and the women's team made the cut after its fourth-place finish at the West Regional in Seattle on Friday, but the men's team did not make the field. However, senior Joey Bywater was officially picked to compete as an individual after finishing eighth in the men's race on Friday.
The championships will be held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Nov. 17, with the women's race at 9 a.m. and the men's race at 10:15 a.m.
The Husky women's team was one of 13 that received at-large invitations to the race, which will feature 31 teams overall. It will be the team's 14th appearance in the last 16 years and their 19th overall. They have finished in the top-three at nationals in three of the past four years, including a runner-up finish last season.
According to the calculations of Flotrack.org, the Husky men's team was the last not to make the field of 31.
Bywater had perhaps his best race as a Husky to extend his cross country career for one more run. The fifth-year senior's eighth-place finish Friday was the best by a Husky at regionals since 2008 and earned him one of four individual at-large bids from the West.
Central Washington held off the Academy of Art, 104-87, in the final day at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic at Seattle Pacific.
• Riley Stockton led host Seattle Pacific to a 72-53 win over Azusa Pacific at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic. Stockton had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Western Washington fell, 71-59, at Oregon State. The Vikings, ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II preseason poll, were led by center Britt Harris, who had team highs of 14 points and nine rebounds.
• Central Washington held on for a 65-53 win over Illinois-Springfield in its second and final game of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic at Seattle Pacific.
• Seattle Pacific defeated Azusa Pacific, 62-46, at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic behind Maddey Pflaumer's 12 points and six rebounds.
• Great Falls edged Northwest University, 63-58, in the Cascade-Frontier Challenge at Spokane Falls Community College.
Whitworth lost 1-0 to Mississippi College in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in San Antonio.
Concordia got a goal from Ashley Ames in the first overtime to lift the second-seeded Cavaliers past No. 1 seed Northwest, 2-1, in the championship game of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.
• Puget Sound's season ended with a 1-0 loss to Trinity (Texas) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in San Antonio.
Gonzaga fell in straight sets to No. 19 San Diego at home.
With the defeat, the Zags dropped to 9-18 and 1-13 in West Coast Conference action.
• Western Washington improved to 9-0 at home with a 3-0 win over Simon Fraser.
• Eastern Washington fell to North Dakota, 3-1, to fall to 4-25 overall and 4-14 in Big Sky play.
• Seattle University improved to 9-18 with a five-set win over visiting Louisiana Tech.
• Central Washington won its fourth straight with a three-set win over Western Oregon.
Seattle University freshman Andy Cunningham set pool and school records in the 1,000-meter freestyle to lead Seattle U's men's team to a 122-81 victory over visiting Simon Fraser. Cunningham's time of 9 minutes, 22.14 seconds beat both records by nearly 10 seconds.
Simon Fraser held off Seattle U's women's team, 111-92.
From team and league reports.