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Coaches Tab BYU Men and San Francisco Women to Capture 2013 Cross Country Titles

Aug. 22, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The BYU Men's Cross Country team and San Francisco Women's Cross Country team have been chosen as the preseason favorites to win the 2013 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships. On the men's side, BYU (61 pts) collected five first place votes to edge Portland (60 pts) by a single point. Portland placed three runners on the Preseason All-Conference Team, led by 2012 WCC Championship runner-up Scott Fauble, and also including top-5 finishers William Kincaid and David Perry.

The Gonzaga (48 pts) Men's team earned third place in the voting, followed by San Francisco (44 pts) in fourth, Loyola Marymount (36 pts) in fifth and Saint Mary's (27 pts) in sixth. The latter three teams (USF, LMU, SMC) each placed one runner on the Preseason All-Conference team. The team voting finished with Santa Clara (25 pts), San Diego (14 pts), and Pepperdine (9 pts), finishing in seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively.

On the women's side, four-time defending WCC Champion San Francisco (80 pts) was once again picked to claim the Conference crown. The Dons also had a strong presence on the Preseason All-Conference team, with five runners earning the honor, including 2012 Runner of the Year, Eva Krchova, and 2012 Freshman of the Year, Elena Burkard. BYU (70 pts) and Portland (68 pts) earned top three finishes, with BYU gaining one Preseason All-Conference nod, and Portland two.

Loyola Marymount (54 pts), led by returning 2012 All-Conference performer, and 2013 Preseason All-Conference runner Sheree Shea, finished in fourth place, with Gonzaga (53 pts), Santa Clara (41 pts) and Saint Mary's (29 pts) finishing in fifth, sixth, and seventh places, respectively. Rounding out the women's side saw San Diego (28 pts), Pepperdine (16 pts), and WCC newcomer Pacific (11 pts) finish in eighth, ninth, and tenth places.

The 2013 season begins on Friday, August 30 with 17 teams competing throughout the weekend.

2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
BYU (5) 61
Portland (4) 60
Gonzaga 48
San Francisco 44
Loyola Marymount 36
Saint Mary's 27
Santa Clara 25
San Diego 14
Pepperdine 9

2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
San Francisco (8) 80
BYU (1) 70
Portland (1) 68
Loyola Marymount 54
Gonzaga 53
Santa Clara 41
Saint Mary's 29
San Diego 28
Pepperdine 16
Pacific 11

2013 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S TEAM

Runner School Year
Scott Fauble Portland Jr.
Steve Flint BYU Jr.
William Kincaid Portland Jr.
Jose Madera San Francisco Sr.
Rajpaul Pannu Saint Mary's Sr.
Conner Peloquin BYU Sr.
David Perry Portland Jr.
Weston Strum Loyola Marymount Sr.
Tylor Thatcher BYU Sr.
Jason Witt BYU Sr.

2013 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S TEAM

Runner School Year
Lauren Bergam Gonzaga Sr.
Elena Burkard San Francisco So.
Lauren Hottenrott Portland So.
Eva Krchova San Francisco RS-Sr.
Tansey Lystad Portland Jr.
Sheree Shea Loyola Marymount Sr.
Natalie Shields BYU So.
Jana Soethout San Francisco Gr.
Laura Suur San Francisco Sr.
Maor Tiyouri San Francisco Sr.