Sept. 4, 2007
A year after the best combined finish in school history, the USF men's and women's cross country teams were both selected to finish second in the WCC Conference this season, as announced by the WCC office this afternoon.
Both teams received one first place vote and are projected to finish behind the University of Portland, who received the other seven first place votes from the conference coaches.
The men, who finished with 63 points last season, the best total in school history, were followed by the University of Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University in the poll. With four of the top five finishers returning from last years squad, the men will be led by a strong group of seniors that include 2006 All-WCC performers Kenny Sparks, Ryan Courtwright and Cheyne Inman. Inman is attempting to become the first Don in the history of cross country to earn four consecutive All-WCC First Team honors. Junior Alex Nelson will look to be the fourth Don who is capable of earning first team honors by finishing in the top 10 after posting a 12th place finish last year and earning All-WCC Honorable Mention.
The women, who return five of their top seven runners from last season, were also followed by Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in the coach's poll. Leading the Dons this season will be seniors Jennifer Hartford, Lucy Miller and Elizabeth Noey. Hartford, who had the second best finish in school history last year when she placed fifth, and Miller, who was seventh, will attempt to earn back-to-back All-WCC First Team Honors this season. Also returning after earning All-WCC Honorable Mention last year will be junior Michelle Born who placed 11th. Noey, who was 19th last season is coming off a strong track season where she set personal bests in 5k and 10k.
For the complete release from the league office in PDF format please click on the link above.