Fall Championships

2014 Division I Women’s Cross Country

It took just over 20 minutes for the women on the Michigan State University cross country team to race to their first NCAA Division I national championship Nov. 22. But the momentum for such a win, especially among a core group of graduating seniors, had been building for years.

2014 Division I Men’s Cross Country

One year ago, after hoisting the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships trophy above his head, University of Colorado, Boulder, runner Blake Theroux reflected on the mark his team made in the storied history of Buffs cross country. That season, he and his teammates had emerged from the shadows of successful teams before them, he explained, and showed that “Colorado is definitely going to be around for a long time.”

2014 Division III Field Hockey

The College of New Jersey fielded one of the most prolific offenses in school history this season, scoring 106 goals ‒ the third most in school history, and just one shy of leading the nation. But its lone loss of the season proved it couldn’t rely on its scoring ability to win a national title.

2014 Division III Women’s Volleyball

Hope’s women’s volleyball team started the season with a goal of taking the program to unprecedented heights.

2014 Division III Women’s Cross Country

They won the Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships by 71 points. They qualified for the NCAA national championship for the seventh consecutive year. In each of the two years prior, they claimed the national title.

2014 Division III Men’s Cross Country

All season long, the North Central (Illinois) men’s cross country team was fueled by a strong sense of determination and the memories of a near-miss at last year’s NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country national championship. The Cardinals used these attributes to fight through early adversity and captured the program’s 16th national title Nov. 22, in Mason, Ohio.

2014 Division I Field Hockey

The championship match between the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University wasn’t just a showdown between two powerhouse Division I field hockey programs. It was also a rematch of two former conference rivals that had met 37 times over the history of their programs but had not faced each other on the field since 2012.

Fall championships – the pursuit of excellence

The NCAA hosts 89 championships across 23 sports each year – 22 of which take place during the fall. From national office staff members to committee members and volunteers, many hands go into making championship events a success.

Inside the Division II Fall Festival

Roberta Page coordinates the Division II Festival and knows that it is about much more than crowning champions. Student-athletes gather en masse and give back.

The final game

Quarterback Brock Jensen and the North Dakota State University Bison have won three consecutive FCS championships. Jensen reflects on his championship experience.

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