Oct. 27, 2007
For 29 straight years the University of Portland has won both the men's individual and team titles at the WCC Cross Country Championships. Although Portland claimed the team title again today for an unprecedented 30th straight year, senior Cheyne Inman snapped their individual streak breaking the tape for the Dons with a school record time of 25:20, 46 seconds faster than the old USF school record.
"Considering Portland's long tradition of success, Cheyne's win today was a significant milestone for our program," said Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "I am really proud of how he competed in a championship field and he was very impressive over the last 1000 meters. I am really looking forward to seeing him continue this momentum into the regional championships in two weeks."
For Inman, it was the fourth consecutive WCC All-First Team honor. The Dons finished fourth overall (105) behind first place Portland (32), second place Loyola Marymount (59) and third place Santa Clara (72).
For the second consecutive year the USF women?(43) finished behind Portland (33). However, this year's finish marked the best finish in USF women's history. The top Don was senior Jennifer Hartford who earned All-WCC First Team honors for the second consecutive year by placing fourth overall with a time of 21:18, the fastest 6K time on any course in school history. Also earning first team honors by finishing in the top ten was senior Fallon Heffernan (sixth, 21:29) and junior Michele Born (tenth, 21:52). Finishing fourth and fifth for the Dons and earning All-WCC honorable mention were seniors Lucy Miller (11th, 21:54) and Zita Mezei (12th, 21:55). ??
"Our women really competed well; we just could not finish off the last 600 meters." Said Lehman-Winters. "We gave Portland a run today and this really shows how far our program has come over the last four years. I am really excited about what this team can accomplish at the NCAA regional meet in two weeks. We still have unfinished business."
For complete results from the WCC Championships please click on the links above. Next up for the Dons is the NCAA Regional Championship in Springfield, OR in two weeks.