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WCC Cross Country Ready to Run

Sept. 1, 2009

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WCC MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SETS OFF 2009 REGULAR SEASON

The eight WCC men's and women's cross country teams will begin their 2009 campaigns this week. Pepperdine will be the first squad to race this fall at the Malibu Oceanside Open.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

TUESDAY, SEPT. 1
TEAM EVENT
LOCATION
TIME
PEPPERDINE Malibu Oceanside Open
Malibu, CA
6:30 PM
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3
TEAM EVENT
LOCATION
TIME
PORTLAND Summer's End Invitational
Monmouth, OR
TBA
SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
TEAM EVENT
LOCATION
TIME
GONZAGA Gonzaga/Eastern Washington Inv.
Spokane, WA
10:00 AM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Cal State Fullerton Inv.
Fullerton, CA
TBA
SAN FRANCISCO USF Invitational
San Francisco, CA
9:15 AM
SANTA CLARA USF Invitational
San Francisco, CA
9:15 AM

AROUND THE WCC

Portland Tops 2009 Men's and Women's Preseason Polls
The University of Portland men's and women's cross country teams were both picked to repeat as conference champions, as chosen by the WCC coaches in the annual preseason poll. Both teams received the maximum 49 points in their respective polls, getting the first place nod from all seven other coaches in the league. San Francisco received the remaining first place vote on the men's side, while Loyola Marymount took the last vote on the women's side.

2008 WCC Freshman of the Year Ganbileg Bor from San Francisco was selected to the preseason All-WCC team, as voted on by the conference coaches.


2009 WCC Preseason All-Conference Teams
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team for the first time. Below is the list of players named to the 2009 WCC preseason all-conference team.

2009 Preseason Men's All-Conference Team
Phillip Benavides, Loyola Marymount University
Tommy Betterbed, University of Portland
Ganbileg Bor, University of San Francisco
Andy Edick, University of Portland
Alex Harkins, Santa Clara University
Collin Harris, University of Portland
Alfred Kipchumba, University of Portland
Brian McDonald, Loyola Marymount University
Conner Pastoor, Loyola Marymount University
Robbie Reid, Santa Clara University

2009 Preseason Women's All-Conference Team
Lyndy Davis, University of Portland
Brieanna Delaney, Loyola Marymount University
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount University
Natalie Hemphill, University of Portland
Laurel Kleiber, University of San Francisco
Lauren Lodge, Pepperdine University
Dana Morgan, University of Portland
Liz Ramos, University of San Diego
Stephanie Wilson, Santa Clara University
Chelsea Wishard, Pepperdine University


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • As voted on by the conference coaches in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Gonzaga men's team was picked to finish fifth while the women's team was projected to finish six in the 2009 season.

  • Second-year Gonzaga head coach Pat Tyson announced his first full recruiting class with the addition of 23 newcomers (11 men and 12 women) expected to join the Bulldog squads this fall.

  • Gonzaga looks to improve on the men's sixth place finish and the women's seventh place finish at last year's WCC Championships. The men's team returns 2008 WCC Fall All-Academic Team members Matt Bejar and Brett Withers.

  • The Bulldogs open the season on Saturday (9/5) against Eastern Washington University at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Invitational at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash.

  • Both Loyola Marymount squads were chosen to finish second in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The women's team garnered one first place vote, while Portland received the remaining seven votes for the top spot.

  • Defending conference champion Tara Erdmann and 2008 WCC Freshman of the Year Brieanna Delaney were both voted to the preseason All-WCC team. On the men's side, three runners were chosen: Phillip Benavides, Brian McDonald, and Connor Pastoor.

  • After placing second on both the men's and women's side at last year's WCC Championships, the Lions look forward to coming closer to the title with one of the most accompished classes in program history. In addition to the returning runners, the squad welcomes two new runners, who both participated in the 2008 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCC).

  • The Lions are scheduled to compete at Cal State Fullerton this Saturday (9/5).

  • The Pepperdine men were chosen sixth in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, while the women were chosen to finish fifth in the conference.

  • Two Wave runners on the women's team were selected to the preseason All-WCC team, Chelsea Wishard and Lauren Lodge. Wishard won the bronze medal at the 2008 WCC Cham¬pionships and was selected to the 2008 All-WCC team. Lodge was the second top finisher for the Waves and during the season, recorded five top-20 showings and a pair of top-10 finishes.

  • The young Pepperdine squad adds only five newcomers to the roster (two women and three men). Together, they look to improve on last year's fifth place finish for the men and sixth place finish for the women at the 2009 WCC Championships.

  • The Waves' fall season gets underway on Tuesday (9/1) with a dual meet against Cal State Bakersfield as part of the annual Malibu Oceanside Open.

  • The Portland men and women were both picked to repeat as WCC champions in the annual preseason poll. Both teams received the maximum 49 points in their respective polls, getting the first place nod from all seven other coaches in the league.

  • Three men and three women were named to the preseason All-WCC team: Tommy Bet¬terbed, Andy Edick, and Alfred Kipchumba on the men's side and Lyndy Davis, Natalie Hemphill, and Dana Morgan on the women's side.

  • The Pilots have won the men's race 30 consecutive years, the longest active streak for any cross country program in the country. The women have won 19 of the 24 conference titles.

  • Portland will begin its season on Thursday (9/3) at the Summer's End Invite in Monmouth, Ore.

  • The Saint Mary's men and women were both picked to finish eighth in the conference in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.

  • Coming off a 2008 season in which the Saint Mary's cross country team saw several new record times, the 2009 team will be about gaining experience for a young team and dealing with the loss of three of the most talented runners in Saint Mary's history, Mario Mendoza and Nick Shea and women's runner Karrie Hagedorn. This year's roster includes seven freshmen and nine return¬ing lettermen.

  • Head Coach Randy Rau returns for his 11th season with the Gaels and looks to improve on last year's seventh place finish for the men and eighth place finish for the women.

  • Saint Mary's heads off the new season on Saturday (9/12) at Granite Regional Park in Sac¬ramento, Calif. as part of the Hornet Jamboree Invitational, hosted by Sacramento State.

  • Both the San Diego men's and women's teams appeared in the seventh place slot in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.

  • The Toreros' Liz Ramos was selected to the women's preseason All-WCC team. Ramos had a strong freshman year, finishing 15th at last year's WCC Championships, where the women finished fifth as a team. Returning with Ramos is the Toreros' second top finisher at the WCC Championships, sophomore teammate Bridget O'Keefe.

  • On the men's side, San Diego saw the loss of its top runner, 2008 All-WCC selection Chris Jacobs. The team will look to returner and No.2 runner Kevin O'Malley to lead the Toreros to an improvement from their last place finish at the 2008 WCC Championships.

  • The Toreros will have a couple weeks to prepare for their first race of the season at the Aztec Invitational (9/19) in San Diego, Calif.

  • The San Francisco men tied with Loyola Marymout for the third place pick in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, while the women were chosen to finish third.

  • One runner on the men's team and the women's team was chosen to the pre¬season All-WCC team, 2008 Men's All-WCC selection Ganbileg Bor and 2008 Women's Honorable Mention Laurel Kleiber. Bor is the top returner after earning WCC Freshman and the Year and recording the highest Don finish in program history in the 10K at the NCAA Regionals.

  • Last year, the San Francisco men finished third at the WCC championships, while the women placed fourth. The women look forward to returning their top runners and welcoming the best recruiting class in program history.

  • The Dons set off the season at their own invitational, the USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday (9/5).

  • According to the coaches' preseason poll, Santa Clara is predicted to fin¬ish fourth in conference on the men's side and third on the women's side, a repeat of last year's finish at the WCC Championships.

  • Three runners were selected to the preseason All-WCC team: Alex Harkins, Robbie Reid, and women's runner Stephanie Wilson. Reid and Wilson were both 2008 All-WCC honorees, finishing in the top-10 in last year's conference championships.

  • After losing top runners Noelle Lopez, Veronica Vazquez, Whitney Porter, and Anna Wheatley to graduation, Santa Clara head cross country coach Tom Service signed the best class he has ever recruited, which includes nine women and seven men.

  • Santa Clara opens the 2009 season with the Dons at the USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday (9/5).