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Pitt State Squads Prepare for NCAA Regional Championships Saturday

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The Pittsburg State University men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Wayne, Neb., Saturday (Nov. 22) to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships.


The men's 10-kilometer race begins at 11 a.m. (CST), while the women's six-kilometer competition gets started at 12:15 p.m. at the Wayne Country Club. The top four finishing men's and women's squads advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships as well as the top three finishing individuals not on national qualifying squads. The regional field is comprised of teams from the MIAA, Great American Conference (GAC) and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

The Pitt State men head to regionals on the heels of a third-place finish at the 2014 MIAA Championships at Bolivar, Mo., Nov. 8. Junior Austin Bogina earned All-MIAA honors with a fifth-place time of 25 minutes, 6.90 seconds in the eight-kilometer race. Junior Connor Stark (25:44.86) and freshman Alex Conn (25:47.58) also earned honorable mention All-MIAA recognition, finishing 18th and 19th in the race, respectively.

Missouri Southern captured the MIAA title scoring a meet-low 22 points, while Nebraska-Kearney was second (55), Pitt State third (94) and Central Missouri fourth (112).

At the 2013 NCAA-II National Championships, regional opponents Augustana placed third, UNK finished 17th, Sioux Falls (S.D.) placed 18th and MSSU finished 19th.

The Pitt State women also raced to a third-place finish at the MIAA Championships. Junior Hannah DeVries finished as the MIAA runner-up in the six-kilometer race in 21:51.95. Freshman Katren Rienbolt (22:54.68) also earned honorable mention All-MIAA with a 14th-place finish. Redshirt freshman Paige Denton (23:27.91) and senior Alex Moase (23:29.12) placed 24th and 25th, respectively.

MSSU claimed the MIAA title with a meet-low 44 points. Southwest Baptist was second (70), Pitt State third (100) and Fort Hays State fourth (106).

At the 2013 NCAA-II Championships, regional foes Augustana placed fifth, Minnesota Duluth finished 10th and SBU placed 12th.
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