Men’s Cross Country Takes Eighth at NCAA Regional, Women Ninth

Posted on November 13th, 2021 by

All-Region honors went to (from left) Evelyn Villalobos, Andrew Stumbo, Henry Hinchcliffe, and Garet Grant


COLFAX, Wis. – The Gustavus cross country teams culminated their seasons Saturday afternoon at the NCAA North Region Championships as the men took eighth out of 29 teams and the women took ninth out of 32 teams. UW-Whitewater won the men’s competition, while UW-La Crosse won the women’s side.

Three Gustie men earned All-Region by finishing in the top-35. Andrew Stumbo (Sr., Boone, Iowa) led the way with an 18th place finish in 25:01.81, Henry Hinchcliffe (Jr., Austin) ran a lifetime best 25:07.79 taking 29th, and Garet Grant (Sr., Winona) took 35th in 25:17.92. Bryce Knutson (Sr., Owatonna) placed 56th in 25:52.26, while Casey Olson (Sr., Harmony) rounded out the team scoring by taking 81st in 26:17.93.

“I’m just floored with the guys’ effort,” Head Coach Brenden Huber said. “To have three on the podium is phenomenal. The boys stuck their nose at the line and they all competed well. The depth of this new region at the top is thicker than we’re used to, so to have the results we had today was great to see.”

Stumbo is in good position to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. The field for the national meet will be announced at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The women were paced by Evelyn Villalobos (So., Crystal) who earned All-Region honors by taking 32nd place in 22:59.38. Lily Engebretson (Sr., White Bear Lake) finished 47th in 23:15.95, Julia Severson (Jr., St. Cloud) took 60th in 23:39.50, Elizabeth Donnelly (Sr., Langley, Wash.) 65th in 23:44.40, and Mackinzee Miest (Sr., Saint James) crossed the line 83rd in 24:01.69.

“The ladies were missing one of our top six, but they did the team proud and the competition was fiercer than were used to,” Huber said. “Evelyn’s story is incredible by getting All-Conference and All-Region in her first year running cross country. Top to bottom, it was fun watching the ladies compete.”


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