UNIVERSITY LOCATION, Washington – Senior Brian Fay today renewed Washington’s tenure of the men’s singles title at the NCAA West Regional Championships, hosted by Washington at Chambers Creek Regional Park at University Place. Fay led the UW men’s team to third place matched by the Husky women’s team as both teams put themselves in solid positions to secure NCAA championships.
Only the top two teams at each of the nine NCAA regional meetings automatically advance to the NCAA championships, leaving both husky teams vying for an overall qualifier, but third-place finish in the tough West is almost always within reach. The qualifying formula will be double and triple checked tonight and the NCAA will announce the 31 qualifying teams at 2 p.m. tomorrow
If the huskies qualify, they will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the national championships on November 19, just eight days away.
Prior to 2019, no husky had ever won the men’s West Regional title. Andrew Jordan broke that drought with his win in 2019. There was no meeting in 2020 due to the pandemic, but when the meeting returned in 2021 Kieran Lumb clinched the title for the Dawgs.
A year later it was Fay’s turn when the Husky All-American made a crucial move late on the last loop to break away from a lead group of nine men and win the 10,000 meters in a time of 28:17.
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Luke Houser was the Husky men’s second finisher in ninth place in 28:38 followed by Joe Waskom at number 28 in 29:08 then Isaac Green in 32. (29:10) and Leo Daschbach to finish the classification as 35th in 29:16. Ed Trippas was 49th and Sam Affolder was 70.
The Dawgs scored 105 points on the men’s side for third place. Stanford, ranked #1 nationally, won by 45 points. The 26th Gonzaga had an impressive day to push the Huskies into second place by 92 points. Behind UW was Oregon in 18th with 141, then Cal Baptist in 25th with 145 points. Boise State was sixth with 146 and Portland was seventh at number 24 with 156.
“I think we have the toughest region of all, so coming out third was good,” said head coach Andy Powell said. “Usually that comes in the NCAA meeting. The prognosis looks like we should be good but we’ll find out tomorrow. Brian and Luke were exciting all the way in that front group and Brian gave us the win for the third straight year Brian is on form at the right time.
“Our other guys were tough and gave us that important third place,” which Powell partially credited to his hometown fans. “Part of that effort had to do with the amazing home crowd and lots of family, friends and teammates cheering them on. I appreciate everyone who came out and supported the team and our staff and administration who came out. That made this a special event.”
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Head of Athletics and Cross Country Maurica Powell echoed those sentiments, saying, “It was a fantastic meeting environment and we owe a huge thank you to all of our employees who made this possible today.”
As for her team: “We got the job done. We knew we had to finish in the top four. We made a calculated decision to persevere Hailey Herberg, and try to accommodate them next week. However, we had to run a fairly safe race all the way down. Great performance by Sophie O’Sullivan and a great rest for Anna Gibson. Really good solid runs all around. Everyone is fit and healthy and we start on Wednesday.”
Sophie O’Sullivan was 70th in the West Regionals a year ago. Today she was in the top-10 and finished ninth in a time of 19:34 to lead the women for the first time in her cross country career. Anna Gibson shrugged off a tough Pac-12 meet to finish 13th today in 19:38.
Washington’s third through fifth finishers all came through within five seconds. Andrea Markezich was then 27th in 19:55 Madison Heisterman was 29th in 19:57, and Naomi Smith was 36th at 20:00. newcomers Sophia Nordenholz and Ella Borsheim were 46th and 71st respectively.
— Washington Track and Field (@UWTrack) November 11, 2022
The 16th Husky women placed third with 114 points. Stanford in 11th place won with 76 points, then Oregon in 10th place finished second with 96 points. Oregon State and 14th-ranked Cal Baptist both scored 150 points, with OSU winning the fourth-ranked tiebreaker. Boise State, which received votes in the most recent Coaches Poll, ranked sixth with 159 votes. There were 35 women’s teams on the pitch today.
Washington Cross Country
NCAA West Regional Championships 2022
November 11, 2022
University Place, Washington | Chambers Creek Regional Park
6,000 meters women
Team Results (Top-20 of 35): 1. Stanford76; 2. Oregon 96; 3.Washington 114; 4. Oregon State 150; 5. Cal. Baptist 150; 6. State of Boise 159; 7. Gonzaga 230; 8. San Francisco 258; 9. Portland 292; 10. Idaho 319; 11. Cal-Poly 342; 12. Washington State 353; 13.UCLA 368; 14. UC Irvine 398; 15.UC Davis 402; 16. State of Portland 403; 17.UC Santa Barbara 449; 18. Santa Clara 515; 19. Marienkirche 546; 20. Arizona 551.
Individual Champion: Kaylee Mitchell, Oregon, 7:19 p.m
Husky Finisher: 9. Sophie O’Sullivan 19:34; 13. Anna Gibson 19:38; 27 Andrea Markezich 19:55; 29 Madison Heisterman 19:57; 36 Naomi Smith 20:00; 46 Sophia Nordenholz 20:09; 71 Ella Borsheim 20:35.
10,000 meters men
Team Results (Top-20 of 31): 1.Stanford 45; 2. Gonzaga 92; 3.Washington 105; 4. Oregon 141; 5. Cal. Baptist 145; 6. State of Boise 146; 7. Portland 156; 8. Cal-Poly 198; 9.Santa Clara 235; 10.UCLA 281; 11. State of Portland 300; 12. Washington State 415; 13.Loyola Marymount 423; 14. Arizona 476; 15.UC Santa Barbara 480; 16. Idaho 488; 17. UC Riverside 508; 18. State of Arizona 537; 19. Cal State Fullerton; 20. UC Irvine 569.
Individual Champion: Brian FayWashington, 28:17.
Husky Finisher: 1. Brian Fay 28:17; 9. Luke Houser 28:38; 28 Joe Waskom 29:08; 32 Isaac Green 29:10; 35 Leo Daschbach 29:16; 49 Ed Trippas 29:32; 70 Sam Affolder 29:58.