WINNECONNE, Wis. -- The University of Chicago women's cross country team took second place while the men's cross country team took sixth place at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. The second-place finish clinched a return trip to the NCAA Division III Championship for the Maroon women.
On the women's side, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the 40-team regional with 67 points. The Maroons were in second with 99 points. Both schools earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championship.
Julia Sizek led UChicago's individual effort with a sixth-place finish in a time of 21:51. Catherine Young was 13th in 22:20, Brianna Hickey was 21st in 22:32, Michaela Whitelaw was 29th in 22:40 and Elise Wummer was 30th in 22:41. The top seven runners were rounded out by Maggie Cornelius in 32nd (22:44) and Sarah Peluse in 39th (22:53).
On the men's side, North Central College took first place out of 39 teams with 58 points. UChicago finished sixth with 171 points.
Billy Whitmore earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship as an individual as well. The senior took seventh place in a time of 24:38. Renat Zalov (25:21) and Gregor Siegmund (25:21) finished neck-and-neck in 36th and 37th place, respectively. Isaac Dalke was 44th (25:29), Samuel Butler was 47th (25:37), Griffin Brunk was 62nd (25:56) and Henry Blood was 76th (26:11).
NEXT MEET: Saturday, Nov. 17 - NCAA Division III Championship (Terre Haute, Ind.), Women 11 AM / Men 12 PM.