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WCC Cross Country Notes

Sept. 9, 2010

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Portland, San Francisco Chosen to Finish First in 2010 WCC Men's and Women's WCC Preseason Cross Country Polls
The 2009 WCC Cross Country Champions, the University of Portland men and University of San Francisco women, were chosen to take home the conference title again this year according to the 2010 WCC Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll. The Portland men earned the maximum 49 points, securing the first place vote from all other seven coaches in the conference, while the San Francisco women's team garnered 48 points and six first place votes.

2010 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. Below is the list of players named to the 2010 WCC preseason all-conference team.

2010 Preseason Men's All-Conference Team
Alfred Kipchumba, Portland
Chris Boyle, Gonzaga University
Chris Sampson, Santa Clara University
Ganbileg Bor, University of San Francisco
Jared Bassett, University of Portland
Lars Erik Malde, University of Portland
Matthew Frerker, University of Portland
Robbie Reid, Santa Clara University
Sterling Lockert, Loyola Marymount University
Trevor Dunbar, University of Portland

2010 Preseason Women's All-Conference Team
Chelsea Wishard, Pepperdine University
Eva Krchova, University of Portland
Heather Zytkewicz, University of San Francisco
Hillary Kigar, University of San Francisco
Lyndy Davis, University of Portland
Mary Reynolds, Santa Clara University
Nicole Bowler, University of San Francisco
Sheree Shea, Loyola Marymount University
Stephanie Wilson, Santa Clara University
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount University


  • The Gonzaga men and women both kicked off the season at the Idaho Cup and Clash of the Northwest Classic season-opening meet, with the women placing second and the men third.

  • Sophomore Chris Boyle finished fourth for the men in 25:48.34.

  • Redshirt sophomore Kayla Lloyd was third in 18:17.75 over the 6K layout for the women.

  • The women were second with 48 points behind first place Idaho, who had 28.

  • The Bulldogs' men and women return to action at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, WA on September 18th.

  • The Lions debuted a partial squad at the Fullerton Invite in Brea, CA at Carbon Canyon Park, with the women placing fourth overall while the men placed 12th.

  • The Lions were led by freshmen in both the men's and women's races. Freshman Michelle Hickerson led the women, placing 13th overall and finishing the 6k race in 22:58.

  • For the men, freshman Mike Evans led the way by finishing 60th overall in 27:59 for the 8k course.

  • Next up the Lions will run a full team at the UC Riverside Invitational on September 18th in Riverside, CA.

  • Pepperdine's men's and women's cross country teams won all three of their duals at the season-opening Malibu Oceanside Open. The men posted a 15-41 score over WCC rival San Diego, while the women beat Cal State Bakersfield by a final score of 24-33 and topped the Toreros 15-49.

  • Senior and team captain Seth Allison won the men's 5K in 16:16 as his squad posted a 15-41 score over WCC rival San Diego.

  • Junior Aneasha Lawrence was Pepperdine's top finisher in the women's 5K and second overall to Cal State Bakersfield's Arianna Celis with a time of 19:09.

  • Pepperdine's next competition is the UC Irvine Invitational on September 11th in Irvine, CA.

  • The Portland Pilots men's cross country `B' team placed second at the inaugural John Frank Memorial Invitational last Friday at Oregon State University, while the women placed second.

  • Redshirt freshman Clif Campbell led the Pilots with a fourth-place finish, while sophomore Charlie McDonald joined him in the top 10, finishing eighth for the men.

  • On the women's side, redshirt senior Natalie Hemphill came in fifth place and was joined in the top 10 by teammate sophomore Molly Mitchell, who finished tenth.

  • Portland will next host the Pier Park Invitational on Friday, September 10th.

  • The Saint Mary's men and women competed in the 18th Annual San Francisco Invitational. The women's team got things started for the Gaels, finishing fifth overall out of nine teams in the 5k run, while the men competed in the 8K and finished in sixth place out of eight teams, with an average time of 27:13.

  • Leading the way for the Saint Mary's women was sophomore Rosie Smith, who finished 14th overall with a time of 18:24.00.

  • The men were led by junior Robb Van Wyck, who finished 21st overall with a time of 25:29.00.

  • The Gaels return to action Saturday, September 11th at the Hornet Jamboree at Granite Bay Regional Park in Sacramento, CA.

  • The University of San Diego men and women started their season at Alumni Park on the campus of Pepperdine University.

  • Freshman Kevin Finnegan led the way for the men, finishing in 6th place with a time of 16:46.12.

  • The women were led by junior Kirsten Allan, who crossed the finish line with a time of 21:02.76.

  • The Toreros return to action when they race at the Aztec Invite on Saturday, September 18th in San Diego, CA.

  • The University of San Francisco men's cross country team took home the team title in the 18th Annual San Francisco Invitational on Saturday morning at Golden Gate Park.

  • The Dons' men squad beat second-place finisher Kentucky by 21 points. Seven USF runners finished in the top 14 with four finishing in the top 10.

  • The USF women placed third and finished 12 points out of the lead. Four Dons' runners finished in the top 12 in the women's race with senior Nicole Bowler leading the way with a third-place finish in 17:37.

  • The Dons' men's team is back in action on September. 11th at the Hornet Jamboree in Sacramento, Calif. The women race again on October 2nd at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, WI.

  • The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2010 season with both finishing in fourth place at the San Francisco Invitational.

  • Three runner's for the men finished in the top 25, with sophomore Kevin Oliver leading the way with a 16th place finish.

  • The women's team placed three runners in the top 25 and five in the top 30, including preseason All-WCC selection sophomore Mary Reynolds, who finished 15th.

  • Both the men and the women will race again on September 18th at the Riverside Invitational in Riverside, CA.