GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Guilford College junior Derrick Kosgei earned the
schoolâ€™s first at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Cross Country
Championships Sunday. Kosgei placed fifth at Saturdayâ€™s South/Southeast
Regional Championship meet in Memphis, Tenn., to earn one of seven at-large
berths in the 280-runner field.
The Division III menâ€™s and womenâ€™s national championships will be held
Saturday (11/21) on the J. Max Championship Cross Country Course in Waverly,
Iowa. Wartburg College serves as the host. Kosgei will compete in the menâ€™s
eight-kilometer race that begins at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).
Kosgei placed fifth in the 156-man regional meet in 25 minutes, 20 seconds,
the second-fastest eight-kilometer time in school history. Despite cold and
rainy conditions, he led the race up until the final 1,000 meters when race
winner Sean Whitson of Virginia Wesleyan College led a charge to overtake
Kosgei and deny him his fourth first-place finish of the season.
Guilford freshman Chad Norton ran a personal-best 26:00 and took 12th place
at the meet, which helped the Quakers finish a school-record seventh among
22 scoring teams. Five of six Quakersâ€™ runners ran personal-best times on
the eight-kilometer course. Coach Heidi Pinkertonâ€™s harriers entered the
meet ranked eighth in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country
Coachesâ€™ Association regional rankings.
Lynchburg College, which finished one spot ahead of Guilford Oct. 30 to win
the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country title, captured first
place at Saturdayâ€™s regional meet. Centre College placed second and joined
Lynchburg as the regionâ€™s two team representatives to the NCAA
Guilford freshman Anne Mogavero ran the second-fastest six-kilometer time in
school history (25:07) in the womenâ€™s regional championship race. She placed
89th among 191 runners, seven spots ahead of teammate Taylor Stokes, who ran
a 25:16. With four runners competing, Guilford did not field a team score.
Meet host Rhodes College won the womenâ€™s race with 50 points, four ahead of
second-place Emory University.