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West Coast Conference Well Represented at NCAA Cross Country West Regional

Nov. 15, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.,--Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Francsico, Santa Clara, and San Diego all sent squads to compete at NCAA West Regional, with both Pilots squads having impressive showings.

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For Portland, Alfred Kipchumba and David Kinsella had strong runs, finishing in third and fourth places overall, leading the team to a third place team finish for the meet. Tommy Betterbed added a 12th place finish to secure a high finish for the Pilots. With the third place finish, the Pilots just missed out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, IN, but are all but guaranteed to receive one of the 13 at-large selections.
"We are confident for a top 10 finish at nationals," said head coach Rob Conner. "I think we have maybe been over-ranked most of the season because of one good event, but if we don't have anybody blow up, I expect a great performance next week."

The Dons had the next best team finish for the West Coast Conference, earning a 16th place finish, which the highest place finish in program history at the Regionals. San Francisco ran a young crew of five freshmen and two sophomores, led by 2008 WCC Freshman of the Year Ganbileg Bor, who finished in 30:30.26 for a 38th place finish. Bor was the fourth fastest freshman at the race and his time was a personal best.

Loyola Marymount finished just behind San Francisco, ending up in 17th place with 141 points. The Lions were led by junior Brian McDonald, who finished in 61st place in a time of 30:57.27. McDonald was closely followed by senior Trevor Wiseman. who finished in 63rd place in a time of 31:03.87.

Santa Clara finished in 21st place with 584 points and was led by Robbie Reid, who finished 69th at 31:14.35, while Pepperdine finished 24th and was led by Cole Feldman, who finished in 32:07.47. Saint Mary's rounded out the WCC schools with a 25th place finish, led by Nick Shea, who finished in 32:16.77. Fourth place finisher at the WCC Championships, Mario Mendoza, finished the 10K in 33:05.60.

2008 USTFCCCA All-West Region

Daniel Gonia, Cal Poly
Evan Anderson, Cal Poly
Yosef Ghebray, California
Michael Coe, California
Mark Matusak, California
Paul Limpf, Eastern Washington
Erick Garcia, Fresno State
Galen Rupp, Oregon
Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, Oregon
Luke Puskedra, Oregon
Kenny Klotz, Oregon
Diego Mercado, Oregon
Curtis Suver, Oregon
Alfred Kipchumba, Portland
David Kinsella, Portland
Tommy Betterbed, Portland
Chris Derrick, Stanford
Garrett Heath, Stanford
Hakon DeVries, Stanford
Elliott Heath, Stanford
Jake Riley, Stanford
Laef Barnes, UCLA
Drew Shackleton, UCLA
Jeremy Mineau, Washington
Kelly Spady, Washington

The Portland women, missing four top runners, increased their chances of an automatic bid the NCAA Championships with a program best fifth place finish at the Regional, with 215 points. Five Portland runners finished in the top 70 to ensure the school record finish and were led by Sifrash Ademe and Dana Morgan. Ademe finished the race in 20:39.04 for 22nd place, while Morgan was close behind in 24th place in a time of 20:44.03. Adrienne Nova was the third Pilot to finish in the top 50 with a time of 21:16.54, for 46th place.

Loyola Marymount was the next highest finisher for the WCC, ending up in the 16th spot with 413 points. The Lions were led by 2008 WCC Champion Tara Erdmann, who finished 14th overall in 20:22.53, the highest finish for all WCC runners at the meet. 2008 WCC Freshman of the Year, Brieanna Delaney was the next highest finisher for the Lions in 86th place with a time of 21:56.24.

San Francisco finished just behind Loyola Marymount in 18th place, with 467 points. The Dons were paced by senior Michelle Born, who finished 58th in 21:25.52. Sophomore Laurel Kleiber was close behind earning a personal record with a time of 21:37.09 (65th).

Santa Clara finished in 19th place, with 469 points and were led by Veronica Vazquez, who finished 63rd at 21:36.62, the second-best ever Bronco women's finish. Pepperdine finished in 22nd place, led by Chelsea Wishard with her fastest 6K time of the season at 21:24.41. San Diego rounded out the competition for the WCC in 25th place and were paced by Liz Ramos, who finished in 22:05.42, for 95th place.

2008 USTFCCCA All-West Region

Irine Lagat, Arizona
Kari Hardt, Arizona State
Jenna Kingma, Arizona State
Ali Kielty, Arizona State
Grace Gonzales, Cal State Fullerton
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount
Alex Kosinski, Oregon
Nicole Blood, Oregon
Mattie Bridgmon, Oregon
Lindsey Scherf, Oregon
Sifrash Ademe, Portland
Dana Morgan, Portland
Laurynne Chetelat, Stanford
Katie Harrington, Stanford
Alicia Follmar, Stanford
Kate Niehaus, Stanford
Kim Conley, UC Davis
Kaitlin Gregg, UC Davis
Zsofia Erdelyi, USC
Christine Babcock, Washington
Marie Lawrence, Washington
Katie Follett, Washington
Anita Campbell, Washington
Amanda Miller, Washington
Michelle Turner, Washington