SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 8 Portland won the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships behind a dominating individual win by Pilot junior Lauren LaRocco who broke the tape on the 6K course at Mission Bay Park at 20:27.8. It is the 20th team title for Portland and the first since 2008.
Just five points separated the top three teams in one of the closest WCC championship races in history. The Pilots placed three in the top-10 and five in the top-13 finishers to amass 42 points. No. 20 BYU finished with 44 points for a runner-up showing with three in the top-10, while No. 13 San Francisco was third with 47 points and three in the top-seven. Defending champion Gonzaga was fourth with 139 points.
LaRocco’s win was nearly 25 seconds in front of runner-up Yesenia Silva (20:51.6) of BYU. San Francisco’s Marie Bouchard (20:56.0) was third, followed by Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston (20:58.7) while San Francisco’s Weronkica Pyzik (21:01.8) rounded out the top-five. Portland’s Parkes Kendrick (21:02.5) was sixth, followed by San Francisco’s Elena Burkard (21:06.4), BYU’s Laura Young (21:06.9), Erica Burk (21:08.6) and Portland’s Anne Luijten (21:08.9) rounded out the All-WCC First Team with a 10th place showing.
In addition to being a conference-record 20th WCC team title for Portland, it's also the 10th time the Pilots won both the team and individual crowns in the same year, and the first since Dana Morgan led Portland to the podium in 2007.
Loyola Marymount (150) was fifth, while host San Diego (168) placed sixth overall.
Portland head coach Ian Solof captured WCC Coach of the Year honors for the seventh time.
2016 WCC ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORS
Runner of the Year (Individual Champion): Lauren LaRocco – Portland (20:27.8)
Freshman of the Year: Courtney Wayment – BYU (21:22.8)
Coach of the Year: Ian Solof, Portland
Final 2016 #WCCchamps Men’s Team Standings
Women's Results – 6K
1. No. 8 Portland - 42
2. No. 20 BYU - 44
3. No. 13 San Francisco - 47
4. Gonzaga - 139
5. Loyola Marymount - 150
6. San Diego - 168
7. Saint Mary's - 176
8. Santa Clara - 254
9. Pacific - 259
10. Pepperdine - 290
Women's All-WCC First Team
1. Lauren LaRocco - Portland
2. Yesenia Silva - BYU
3. Marie Bouchard – San Francisco
4. Jordan Thurston - Gonzaga
5. Weronika Pyzik – San Francisco
6. Parkes Kendrick – Portland
7. Elena Burkard – San Francisco
8. Laura Young – BY
9. Erica Birk - BYU
10. Anne Luijten - Portland
Women's All-WCC Second Team
11. Ashleigh Warner – BYU
12. Anna Farello – Portland
13. Taryn Rawlings – Portland
14. Courtney Wayment – BYU
15. Tatjana Schulte – San Francisco