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WCC Cross Country Notes - 9/12

Sept. 12, 2007

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Portland Tops 2007 Men's And Women's WCC Preseason Polls

San Bruno, Calif. - 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 votes in both polls, and were predicted to finish second in the men's and women's races.

The Pilots have won the men's race 28 consecutive years, the longest streak in any sport in WCC history. Portland runners have also taken the top individual spot in as many years, with the Pilots placing four of the top five finishers in the 2006 race. Five Portland runners finished among the top 11 in 2006, with all five harriers receiving All-WCC honors. San Francisco captured second place to tie its best men's finish in school history, placing three runners in the top 10 and posting a program-best team score with 63 points.

As is the case with the men's program, the WCC women's cross country championship has been dominated by Portland since its inception. The Pilots have won 17 of the 22 women's championships the WCC has sponsored, including 10 of the last 11. The women's championship was run on a 6K course for the first time in 2006, and Loyola Marymount's Laura Mickelson captured the individual title with a time of 21:16. San Francisco set a program-record with 52 points en route to a second place finish.

Loyola Marymount was picked third in the men's poll with 37 points, and Santa Clara was tabbed for a fourth place finish with 31 points. Pepperdine (23) edged Gonzaga (22) for fifth place by a single point, and San Diego collected 12 points to take the No. 7 spot in the poll. Saint Mary's rounds out the listing in eighth place with nine points.

The women's poll mirrors the men's poll, with Loyola Marymount picked for a third place finish with 37 points and Santa Clara grabbing the fourth place spot with 32 points. Pepperdine was slated for a fifth place finish with 26 points, while Gonzaga was picked to finish sixth with 15 points. San Diego received 13 points to rank just behind the Bulldogs, and Saint Mary's garnered 11 points to close out the listing.

Men's Top 8K Times (through 9/12)
1. Trevor Wiseman, LMU - 25:04.9 (UC Irvine Invite)
2. Brian McDonald, LMU - 25:19.9 (UC Irvine Invite)
3. Mike Delaurenti, SCU - 25:41.3 (USF Invitational)
4. Lino Almeida, LMU - 25:46.7 (UC Irvine Invite)
5. Scott Donahue, LMU - 25:55.5 (UC Irvine Invite)
6. Conrad Wozniak, PEP - 25:58.2 (UC Irvine Invite)
7. Mo Elmi, LMU - 25:59.3 (UC Irvine Invite)
8. Chris Ogle, PEP - 25:59.4 (UC Irvine Invite)
9. Jonathan MacNeil, LMU - 26:00.7 (UC Irvine Invite)
10. Alex Harkins, SCU - 26:14.9 (USF Invitational)

Women's Top 5K Times (through 9/12)
1. Laura Mickelson, LMU - 17:27.7 (UC Irvine Invite)
2. Adriane Puetz, SCU - 17:58.1 (USF Invitational)
3. Tara Erdmann, LMU - 18:03.1 (UC Irvine Invite)
4. Melissa Conlin, SCU - 18:32.5 (USF Invitational)
5. Gillian Fitch, SCU - 18:41.6 (USF Invitational)
6. Whitney Porter, SCU - 18:42.5 (USF Invitational)
7. Brittany Rezowalli, LMU - 18:46.2 (UC Irvine Invite)
8. Blossom Marimpietri, SCU - 18:49.3 (USF Invitational)
9. Mary Verran, USF - 18:55.0 (USF Invitational)
10. Lucy Miller, USF - 18:59.3 (USF Invitational)

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Gonzaga opened up the season with a dual meet against Washington State in Spokane on August 31. The GU men fell to the Cougars, 58-37, while the women fell to WSU by a 42-16 margin.

- Brett Withers led the way for the Zags, finishing in eighth place after traversing the four mile course in 23:27.5. Molly Funk paced the women, capturing fifth place with a time of 16:41.1 on the 2.5 course.

- Both the Gonzaga men and women were predicted to finish sixth at the WCC Championship in the preseason coaches poll.

- The Bulldogs enter a busy September, traveling to the Pier Park Preview in Portland this weekend before competing in the Whitworth Short Course in Spokane on September 22, and the Willamette Invitational on September 29.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The Lions got the season off to a great start as both the men's and women's teams defeated WCC rival Pepperdine on August 31. LMU then competed in the UC Irvine Invitational on September 8, where the women captured second place and the men finished third.

- Laura Mickelson, last season's WCC individual champion, took home first place at the UC Irvine Invite after notching a time of 17:27.7 on the 5K course. It's the fastest 5K time posted by a WCC runner so far this season.

- The LMU women earned a No. 15 west region ranking in the preseason USTFCCCA poll released on September 11.

- The Lions are back in action this weekend, with both the men and women scheduled to compete at the Aztec Invitational (9/15) in San Diego.

Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine men and women fell to Loyola Marymount to open this season, but posted solid finishes at the UC Irvine Invitational last weekend. The women claimed an eighth place finish, while the men took 10th.

- Freshman Conrad Wozniak led the way for the Waves at the UC Irvine Invite, posting a time of 25:58.2 to finish 31st. The time is the sixth fastest 8K time posted by a WCC harrier so far this season.

- Freshman Chelsea Wishard topped the list of Wave finishers on the women's side, posting a time of 19:28 on the 5K course.

- Pepperdine continues the 2007 campaign at the Pier Park Preview (9/14) in Portland this weekend before returning to Malibu and closing out the month with the Pepperdine Invitational on September 22.

Portland Pilots
- Portland was picked by the conference coaches to sweep the WCC Championships, as both Pilot squads garnered the maximum number of points (49) and first place votes (7) in the preseason poll.

- The Pilot men were list among the nation's elite in the preseason USTFCCCA poll released on September 11, as the UP squad received a No. 14 ranking. The men were also listed ninth in the preseason west region poll.

- The Portland women's team was also ranked in the west region, checking in at No. 9 in the regional listing.

- The Pilots will compete for the first time this season at the Pier Park Preview (9/14) in Portland this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- Saint Mary's opened the season at the Chico State Invitational, where the men and the women posted identical third place finishes.

- Saint Mary's harriers Karrie Hagedorn and Tess Grannemann etched their names into the Gael record book at the Chico State Invite. Hagedorn placed 10th overall in the race with a time of 22:50, the sixth fastest 6K time in SMC history. Grannemann posted a time of 23:31 in her first collegiate race, which ranks as the eighth fastest time in program history.

- Mario Mendoza was the top finisher for the men, placing 24th with a time of 27:32 at the Chico State Invite.

- Freshmen Nick Shea (27:32) and Mark Blucher (29:41) also debuted at Chico State.

- Saint Mary's heads to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational (9/15) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros
- The Toreros are kicking off the season with a busy September, as USD squads ran at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational on September 1 before competing against Point Loma Nazarene University in the San Diego Invitational on September 8.

- Chris Jacobs took home the individual title against PLNU, posting a time of 19:56.9 in the 6K race. Jacobs was joined by teammate Kevin O'Malley in the top five after O'Malley placed fifth with a 20:43.9 mark.

- Four Torero women finished among the top-10 against PLNU. Ashlen Nimmo led the way with a sixth place finish after notching a 4K time of 15:50.4.

- The Toreros will race in San Diego once again this weekend, taking part in the Aztec Invitational (9/15).

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco kicked off the season with the USF Invitational in Golden Gate Park on September 1. The women's team captured a fourth place finish, while the men's squad took fifth.

- Mary Verran and Lucy Miller led the way for the women, as Verran finished 13th at the USF Invite with a time of 18:55.0 and Miller placed 15th with an 18:59.3 mark. The two times rank as the ninth and 10th fastest 5K times posted by WCC runners so far this season.

- The USF men's squad was ranked No. 15 in the west region in the USTFCCCA preseason poll released on September 11.

- Both San Francisco's men and women were picked second in the WCC preseason poll.

- USF will head to Seattle this weekend for the Sundodger Invitational (9/15).

Santa Clara Broncos
- Santa Clara harriers started the season with a bang, as both the SCU men's and women's squads took home first place honors at the USF Invitational on September 1.

- Mike Delaurenti captured first place in the men's race after posting a 25:41.3 mark in the 8k race. The time is the third fastest 8K mark posted by a WCC runner so far this season.

- Adriane Puetz took first place in the women's race, notching a time of 17:58, 15 seconds ahead of the closest competitor.

- The SCU women's squad is ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA west region poll that was released on September 11.

- Santa Clara will travel to the Sundodger Invitational (9/15) in Seattle this weekend.