CLAREMONT — Roxanne Valle finished 12th overall and the Occidental women's cross country team took fifth at the NCAA Division III West Regional at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took home the regional championship, with Whitworth in second place, Linfield taking third and Colorado College in fourth.
SCIAC Women's Runner of the Year Brynn McKillop took first overall with a time of 21:07.51 in the 6K.
Both CMS and Whitworth earn the conference's automatic bids. Linfield waits for a possible at-large bid that will be announced on Sunday morning's selection show.
Valle, Oxy's No. 1 and a national qualifier last season, crossed the line in 22:19.72. She will earn another trip to the NCAA National Championship meet next weekend if Linfield is selected as an at-large bid.
To qualify as an individual you must be among the top 7 finishers in the West after taking out all qualifying teams.
Valle, Thurber, Townsend and Blumm all earn All-West Region honors for finishing in the top 35.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram