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WCC Newcomer BYU Tabbed to Win Men's Cross Country Title

Aug. 24, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- BYU, the newest member of the West Conference, has been selected to win the WCC men's cross country title. The Cougars earned 62 points overall and six first-place votes in a preseason poll of the West Coast Conference's nine head coaches. BYU narrowly edged out the University of Portland by a margin of three points. The Pilots received the other three first-place votes and have won 32 consecutive WCC cross country titles.

The University of San Francisco finished third with 50 points. The Dons finished second at last year's WCC Cross Country Championships, just seven points behind Portland. Santa Clara University claimed 40 points to place fourth in the coaches poll, two points ahead of Loyola Marymount University. Gonzaga University took sixth with 30 points. Rounding out the poll are the University of San Diego with 19 points, Saint Mary's College with 17 points, and Pepperdine University with nine points.

The University of San Francisco, winners of the last two WCC Women's Cross Country Championships, were tabbed to repeat as champs for 2011. The Dons received 63 points overall, including 7 first-place votes. BYU finished in second with 57 points and two first-place votes. Portland finished third with 49 points, followed closely by LMU with 45 points.

Santa Clara took home fifth with 34 points, while Gonzaga received 29 points to finish sixth. Rounding out the poll are Pepperdine with 21 points, San Diego with 14 points and Saint Mary's with 12 points.

The 2011 WCC cross country championships will return to the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif., on October 29, 2011.

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. BYU (6) 62
2. Portland (3) 59
3. San Francisco 50
4. Santa Clara 40
5. Loyola Marymount 38
6. Gonzaga 30
7. San Diego 19
8. Saint Mary's 17
9. Pepperdine 9

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. San Francisco (7) 63
2. BYU (2) 57
3. Portland 49
4. Loyola Marymount 45
5. Santa Clara 34
6. Gonzaga 29
7. Pepperdine 21
8. San Diego 14
9. Saint Mary's 12

2011 PRESEASON MEN'S ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Yr.
Alden Bahr BYU Sr.
Miles Batty BYU Sr.
Ganbileg Bor San Francisco Sr.
Trevor Dunbar Portland Jr.
Alfred Kipchumba Portland Sr.
Jose Madera San Francisco So.
Lars Erik Malde Portland Jr.
Joash Osoro Portland Jr.
Robbie Reid Santa Clara RSr.
Jared Ward BYU So.

2011 PRESEASON WOMEN'S ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Yr.
Katy Andrews BYU Sr.
Sophie Curl San Francisco Jr.
Lyndy Davis Portland Sr.
Sarah Edwards BYU Jr.
Tara Erdmann Loyola Marymount RSr.
Kellie Houser Portland RSo.
Eva Krchova San Francisco Jr.
Katie Palmer BYU Sr.
Sheree Shea Loyola Marymount Jr.
Maor Tiyouri San Francisco So.