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WCC Cross Country Launches 2009 Campaign

Sept. 16, 2009

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All Times PST

UC Riverside Invitational LMU, PEPPERDINE
Riverside, CA
7:30 AM
San Diego, CA
9:00 AM
UNM Invitational PORTLAND (W)
Albuquerque, NM
Cal State Bakersfield Invitational PEPPERDINE
Bakersfield, CA
Plantes Ferry Invitational GONZAGA
Spokane, WA
10:00 AM
Stanford, CA
4:00 PM



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


  • Gonzaga opened the 2009 season at the Clash of the Northwest meet, where the Bulldog men beat Eastern Washington University (EWA) and University of Idaho but lost to Washington State University (WSU). The women's squad topped EWU but fell to WSU and Idaho.

  • On the women's side, senior Molly Funk finished fourth overall with a 4K time of 16:21.0. For the men, veteran senior Brett Withers finished 14th in 20:47.0 in the 6K race.

  • In the Bulldogs' second race of the season, the West Coast Preview at Pier Park last Friday, the men captured the team title while the women took second. The Bulldog men were again led by Withers and had five runners in the top 13 to edge Willamette University 36-39. Funk continued her impressive run, pacing four other female Bulldog runners that ended up in the top 10.

  • Gonzaga's next race is scheduled for next Saturday (9/26) at 10 AM.

  • Loyola Marymount debuted a partial squad at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational, where some of the younger Lions were able to showcase their ability. Despite the 90-degree heat and it being the first race after a long summer, the women took fifth overall out of the twenty-six teams, while the men placed fourteenth overall.

  • On the women's side, last year's WCC Freshman of the Year Brieanna Delaney led the Lions placing eleventh overall in a time of 23:24 for 6K. Only four seconds behind her was freshman Caroline Draper in 23:32, earning her a 13th place overall finish.

  • Only five men competed for the Lions. Freshman Aaron Kurland placed 75th overall as the lions top finisher.

  • The Lions will be travelling a full squad to the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday (9/19) at 7:30 AM.

  • Pepperdine started off its season at the Malibu Oceanside Open where sophomore Lauren Lodge and junior Conrad Wozniak finished first in their respective races. Lodge clocked in at 19:14, while Wozniak clocked a 15:56.The event was a 5K race on both the men's and women's side.

  • At the Asics/UC Irvine Collegiate last Saturday, junior Chelsea Wishard finished eighth in her season debut with a time of 17:53:70 in the 5K race, while sophomore Kenny Smith led the men for the first time in his career, coming in at 28th place with an 8K time of 26:00:30.

  • Finishing second at the Asics/UCI Collegiate for the women was Lodge, who posted a 17th-place time of 18:16.80 as the Waves finished 10th overall. The men's team placed seventh out of 14 squads.

  • The Pepperdine squads will run next at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday (9/19) at 7:30 AM.

  • Portland got its season off to a strong start with the women's squad taking the top spot at the West Coast Preview Meet, hosted by the Pilots. Senior Lyndy Davis captured the individual title with a time of 22:27:00.

  • Davis was joined in the top-five by teammates sophomore Elizabeth Keaveny and freshman Molly Mitchell. Keaveny came in at 23:06:00, while Mitchell clocked a 23:09:00. Davis, Keaveny, and Mitchell all improved an average of 25 seconds from last year.

  • For the men, sophomore Shane Geiger finished fifth for the Pilots, clocking in at 26:12. Placing in the top-two spots were Portland freshmen running unattached Joash Osoro (25:30.79) and Trevor Dunbar (25:49.00).

  • The Pilot men's team takes a break while the women compete at the UNM Invitational next Saturday (9/26).

  • Saint Mary's kicked off the 2009 season at the 2009 Sacramento State Hornet Jamboree State last Saturday. Both teams finished in seventh place, with the men running a four-mile race and the women running a 5K at Granite Regional Park.

  • In the men's race, junior Mark Blucher set a Saint Mary's record time in the four-mile race with a time of 20:44. Blucher finished 22nd overall in a field that featured UC Davis, California, Sacramento State, and WCC rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco.

  • On the women's side, junior captain Tess Granneman paced the way for the Gaels, finishing 21st overall with a personal record of 18:35. Freshman Rosie Smith had a strong debut as the Gaels' second top finisher, placing 28th overall with a time of 18:50.

  • Saint Mary's will compete next at the 65th Annual Aztec Invitational on Saturday (9/19) at 9 AM.

  • The San Diego men's squad competed last weekend at the Asics-UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational, opening up the season against squads from Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Fresno State, Chico State, Cal Poly, and UC San Diego.

  • The Toreros ran a limited male crew at the race that took place on the campus of UC Irvine at the Anteater Recreation Center and placed 21st.

  • Leading the way for San Diego were three freshmen. With a team high first place, Jacob Bruce finished in 28:18.20; in second was Chase Roberts with a time of 28:54.20, and in third was Luke Daenitz, clocking in at 29:26.60.

  • The Toreros men's squad will compete in its second race of the season, this time along with the women, this Saturday (9/19) at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif.

  • San Francisco opened its season by hosting the 17th Annual San Francisco Invitational at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. The women's team took home first, while the men finished second.

  • The Don women improved upon their second place team finish last year. In this year's race, four Dons finished in the top 10. Sophomore Nicole Bowler led the women, taking third in 18:27.70. On the men's side, the Dons took second for the second straight year. Sophomore Ganbileg Bor led the Dons, finishing third in 25:05.20, while sophomore Will Marquardt finished fifth in 25:19.20.

  • USF also competed at the 2009 Sacramento State Hornet Jamboree where both teams finished fifth. Freshmen Sahar Bala and Adrian Rafiee led their respective squads. Bala's 5K time of 18:33 was a personal best, while Rafiee finished 14th overall in his debut.

  • The Dons return to action at the Aztec Invitational on Saturday (9/19) at 9 AM.

  • Santa Clara jumpstarted its 2009 campaign at the San Francisco Invitational at Speedway Meadow. The women finished fifth, while the men finished fourth.

  • In the Broncos' second race of the season, the 2009 Sacramento State Hornet Jamboree, senior Stephanie Wilson won the individual race, while her team and the women's team finished fourth overall. Wilson ran a 17:23 to win her first career college cross country meet.

  • Finishing in second for the Bronco women was sophomore Erin McCarthy with a time of 18:12 to garner her 11th place overall. On the men's side, junior Robbie Reid opened his 2009 campaign with a 10th place finish overall at 20:14.

  • Santa Clara looks forward to competing next at the Stanford Invitational next Saturday (9/26) at 4 PM.