Oct. 28, 2006
Belmont, Calif. -
Senior Kyla Maher turned in an eighth-place finish to help the Pepperdine women's cross country team to a fifth place showing at the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships that were contested Saturday morning at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California. Junior Sam Hudson was the top finisher on the men's side to lead the Waves to a sixth-place showing.
The women's team improved two places in the standings over its performance at the 2005 WCC Championships while the men placed sixth for the second straight year.
Portland continued its run of success at the WCC Cross Country Championships by capturing both the men's and women's titles. The men's squad claimed its 28th straight conference crown, while the women's team took first place for the 10th time in 11 years.
Four Portland runners posted Top 10 finishes to lead the Pilots' women's squad to the team title. Sophomore Sifrash Ademe led Portland with a second-place finish after completing the course in a time of 22:34. Loyola Marymount's Laura Mickelson was the top individual performer as she paced the field with a time of 21:16.
Maher continued her fine season for the Waves as she turned in a six-kilometer time of 23:13 to finish eighth and register the first Top 10 showing by a Pepperdine female since Rebecca Freebury placed first at the 1999 WCC Championships.
Four Portland runners posted Top 10 finishes to lead the Pilots' men's squad to the team title. Individual champion Mike Quackenbush led the way, recording a time of 25:19 to become the 28th straight Portland harrier to take first place at the WCC Championship.
Quackenbush finished ahead of Gonzaga senior Joe Miller, who placed second with a time of 25:28. Brendan Robinson, Tommy Betterbed and Steven Ault finished third through fifth, respectively, for Portland.
Hudson posted a time of 26:48 to finish 22nd and lead Pepperdine. Senior Chris Gaudreau placed 30th with a time of 27:19.
Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams will be off for two weeks before traveling to the Portland, Oregon to compete at the NCAA West Regional Championship at Blue Lake Park on Saturday, November 11.
2006 WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
1. Portland - 24
2. San Francisco - 63
3. Santa Clara - 75
4. Gonzaga - 84
5. Loyola Marymount - 105
6. Pepperdine - 177
7. San Diego - 203
8. Saint Mary's - 242
1. Portland - 36
2. San Francisco - 52
3. Loyola Marymount - 53
4. Santa Clara - 94
5. Pepperdine - 120
6. Saint Mary's - 188
7. Gonzaga - 189
8. San Diego - 204