SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Led by a dominating performance by individual champion Shelby Mills, Gonzaga won the 2015 West Coast Conference Women’s Championship by the narrowest of margins Saturday on a soggy Plantes Ferry Stadium course. The Bulldogs tied defending WCC Champions and No. 14 BYU with 59 points, but Gonzaga won the title via the NCAA tiebreaker protocol.
Gonzaga placed three in the top-seven, while the Cougars had four in the top-15. Three San Francisco runners placed in the top-eight to help the Dons to a third-place finish with 64 points.
Mills posted a time of 20:55.7 on the 6K course. Loyola Marymount’s Danielle Shanahan (21:06.4) placed second, followed by Gonzaga’s Jessica Mildes (21:10.4). Two Dons rounded out the top-five – Elena Burkhardt (21:16.8) and 2015 WCC Freshman of the Year Weronika Pyzik (21:17.8).
Portland’s Lauren Larocco (21:18.7) was sixth, Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston (21:20.4) was seventh, while San Francisco’s Charlotte Taylor (21:22.8) was eighth. BYU rounded out the top-10 with Jennica Redd (21:25.0) and Alice Jensen (21:27.1) earning All-WCC First Team honors.
It is the second overall team title for the Bulldogs, the first coming in 1995. Mills is the first Bulldog to win the individual championship since Cheska Fairbanks accomplished the feat in 1996.
Loyola Marymount finished fourth overall with 95 points, while Portland rounded out the top-five teams with 96 points.
Gonzaga head coach Patty Ley captured WCC Coach of the Year honors.
FINAL 2015 WCC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM RESULTS
*Gonzaga won the team championship via the NCAA tie-breaker protocol.
FINAL 2015 WCC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Runner of the Year (Individual Champion): Shleby Mills, Gonzaga (20:55.7)
Freshman of the Year: Weronika Pyzik, San Francisco
Coach of the Year: Patty Ley, Gonzaga