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Women's Cross Country Competes At WCC Championships

Nov. 3, 2006

Belmont, CA - The University of San Diego women's cross country teams competed at the West Coast Conference Championships Saturday finishing 8th at the historic Crystal Springs Cross Country course.

It was a very competitive race on the Women's side. It was the first time the women's competition was moved up from a 5km to a 6km.

"The race positions were set from the beginning of the race, our young team was not able to overcome this and it came back to haunt us on the backside of the course," head coach Will Guarino said.

Mariana Monasi placed 25th overall and came within seconds of running her personal best 6km, she finished 23:57. Senior Kristen Jackson also showed great skill finishing 40th with a time of 25:25.

"I am proud of Kristen, she once again stepped up for us," Guarino said. "This is a runner who last year did not participate in the West Coast Conference race and was an alternate on our starting 7."

Other USD finishers were freshmen Ashlen Nimmo (44 26:12), senior Christie Osborne (45 26:14), sophomore Julie Shultz (50 27:16), sophomore Sarah Coxhead (51 27:21), and freshmen Riley Porter 27:31.

The University of Portland women dominated team titles posting score of 24 points.

"The conference continues to get better, and this was one of the toughest WCC Championship races I have seen," Guarino said.

USD returns to NCAA Regional action on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Blue Lake Park in Portland Oregon.