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Men, women heading to nationals as Narbuvoll nabs region crown

Edinboro women's cross country finished second and is headed to nationals (Contributed/EU Sports Information).
Edinboro women’s cross country finished second and is headed to nationals (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Nov. 11, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Nov. 12, 2015.

After winning the women’s race at the 2015 PSAC Cross Country Championships earlier this month, freshman Ida Narbuvoll was struggling to hold all of her hardware.

After Saturday, the Norway native can add one more piece to the collection.

Narbuvoll nabbed the women’s crown at the 2015 Division II Atlantic Region Championship on Saturday, hosted by Lock Haven University. She finished the 6,000 meter course in 20:32.8.

Edinboro’s women’s team, spearheaded by Narbuvoll’s first-place result, finished in second-place as a team, totaling 112 points. The runner-up finish qualifies the ladies for the national championships later this month, but snaps their reign of back-to-back regional crowns. California (Pa.) hoisted this year’s title as the Vulcans totaled 105 points.

“There were a few girls that were running with me,” Narbuvoll said. “However, I closed the gap. I knew what I could do.”

The supporting cast for Boro consisted of Anna Hosel, who finished 23rd, Abby Lang (24th), Emma Sullivan (25th) and Bekkah Bond (42nd). Narbuvoll, Hosel, Lang and Sullivan were All-Region performers.

Boro’s men’s squad, coming off a fifth place team finish at the PSAC Championships, was looking to rebound and keep its season alive for a few more weeks. Senior Elliot Martynkiewicz finished third, posting a time of 30:33.7. His high finish led the squad to a third-place team finish, sending them, along with the ladies, to the national championships.

“I was happy with how I raced,” Martynkiewicz said earlier this week. “I executed the plan that coach and I talked about beforehand. I wanted to make sure that I made the trip to nationals, even if we didn’t make it as a team. I’m happy that we all get to go now.”

Sophomore Corey Wefing finished 15th with Jon Gusew finishing right behind him in 16th. Also, senior Logan Kempney was the 31st runner to finish the 10,000 meter course.

As a team, Boro totaled 105 points. Shippensburg took the team title with 35 points. Lock Haven finished second with 41.

“The men did a great job,” head coach Rick Hammer said. “Elliot ran well, but I have to give credit to Corey Wefing and Jon Gusew who really stepped up and staved off the IUP runners to make sure the men got that third bid for nationals.”

The Fighting Scots now have just one more meet left in its 2015 season, the NCAA Division II National Championships. This year’s event is being held in Joplin, Missouri on Nov. 21.

In 2014, both the men’s and women’s team for Edinboro finished 15th in the team race.

Narbuvoll, with her conference and regional title, is now on the national radar. However, this will be her first time on such a big stage.

“I’ve never run a national race,” the Norway native said. “So I don’t know what to expect, but I’m just going to run my best.”

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