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WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Notes

Sept. 27, 2006

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WCC Top Men's Performers

Gonzaga's Joe Miller has posted the WCC's top time entering the fourth week of the season. Miller, a senior for the Bulldogs, finished 20th in a field of over 100 runners at the Sundodger Invitational on September 16 with a time of 24:43. Miller and teammate Colby Litzenberger, who holds the No. 5 time in the WCC, finished 1st and 2nd at the Whitworth Short Course (3.2K) meet last weekend. USF junior Cheyne Inman joins Miller among the top harriers in the conference so far. Inman has recorded both a seventh and second place finish in 2006 in helping the Dons take the title of their own invitational and finish third at Sacramento State. Perennial WCC champion Portland has yet to record any results in 8K races but will look to make its way into the top times this weekend at the Oregon and Willamette Invitationals.

Men's Top Times (8k Only)
1. Joe Miller, GON, 24:43 - Sundodger Invite
2. Cheyne Inman, USF, 25:04 - Sac State Invite
3. Chris Gumbs, SCU, 25:08 - Sundodger Invite
4. Mike De Laurenti, SCU, 25:25 - Sundodger Invite
5. Colby Litzenberger, GON, 25.28 - Sundodger Invite
6. Baraka Poulin, GON, 25:40 - Sundodger Invite
7.Jacob Marx, USF, 25:51 - Sac State Invite
8. AJ Blumel, SCU, 25:57 - Sundodger Invite
9. Gabe Hayden, GON, 25:58 - Sundodger Invite
10. Kenny Sparks, USF, 26:00 - Sac State Invite


WCC Top Women's Performers

Just two seconds separate the top two times recorded by Portland's Bobeya Krishnek and Dana Morgan so far in 2006. The junior and freshman, respectively, were the Pilots' top finishers at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, where they took seventh place. Shannon Bell and Anne Murphy-Hagan have paced Santa Clara to fourth, eighth and first place finishes, although they have only competed in one 6K race this year. Bell has also posted one of the top 5K times in the WCC in 2006. Portland and Santa Clara dominate the top times after four weeks of meets, but all teams in the WCC are active this weekend, which should shake up the top times. LMU, last season's runner-up, will run in its first 6K of 2006 this weekend at the Stanford Invitational.

Women's Top Times (6k Only)
1. Bobeya Krishnek, POR, 21:33 - Sundodger Invite
2. Dana Morgan, POR, 21:35 - Sundodger Invite
3. Shannon Bell, SCU, 21:47 - Sundodger Invite
4. Anne Murphy-Hagan, SCU, 21:58 - Sundodger Invite
5. Gillian Fitch, SCU, 22:18 - Sundodger Invite
6. Lauren Swigart, SCU, 22:25 - Sundodger Invite
7. Natalie Hemphill, POR, 22:33 - Sundodger Invite
8. Janel Sislow, POR, 22:48 - Sundodger Invite
9. Kara Rasmussen, GON, 22:52 - Sundodger Invite
10. Nellie Ballou, GON, 22:57 - Sundodger Invite


WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men placed 9th and 2nd and the women placed 14th and 3rd at the Sundodger and Whitworth Short Course Invitationals, respectively.

- Joe Miller leads the men, recording the best time in the WCC so far this season. Colby Litzenberger, Baraka Poulin and Gabe Hayden all join Miller in the top 10 in the conference.

- Miller was Gonzaga's top finisher at both the Sundodger and Whitworth Short Course events, finishing 20th at the Sundodger Invitational. Miller and Litzenberger took first and second place, respectively, in the 3.2K men's race at Whitworth.

- Kara Rasmussen has paced the Bulldog women, recording the ninth best time in the WCC.

- The Bulldogs travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational (9/30).

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The Lions recorded a fifth place men's finish and third place women's finish at the San Diego State Aztec Invitational on September 16.

- Laura Mickelson was LMU's top finisher again in San Diego, taking the individual championship in the women's 5K in a time of 17:19.

- As the Lions' best runner at the Aztec Invitational, Nicholas Brennan turned in a time of 26:53, good for 18th place. The next closest LMU finisher was Jon MacNeil in 28th place.

- The men beat out WCC opponents Saint Mary's and San Diego for their fifth place finish. The women also bested the Gaels at the Aztec Invite.

- Next, the Lions travel the Stanford Invitational (9/30).

Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine harriers took the title in the men's race and were the runners-up in the women's race at their own invitational in Malibu.

- Sam Hudson, Tim Hatters and Nick Rowan finished second, third and fourth in the men's race, giving the Waves a win over Cal State Northridge. Hudson finished in 27:40 with Hatters and Rowan 31 and 33 seconds behind him, respectively.

- Kyla Maher was the Waves' top finisher in Malibu, but was disqualified for going off of the course, along with 17th place finisher Beth Bedingfield. Brieanna Carroll inherited the top Pepperdine mark in the race with the disqualification. Carroll recorded a fourth place finish.

- Pepperdine races at the UC Riverside Invitational on September 30 before heading down the coast to La Jolla, Calif. for the UC San Diego Triton Classic on October 7.

Portland Pilots
- The No. 9 Pilot men did not compete at the Sundodger Invitational hosted by Washington, but the women finished in the middle of the pack in Seattle.

- Bobeya Krishnek and Dana Morgan finished two seconds apart to place 24th and 26th at the Sundodger meet. The two hold the top two times in the WCC in the 6K event.

- Along with Krishnek and Morgan, two other Pilot women, Janel Sislow and Natalie Hemphill, have times in the top 10 in the conference.

- The Pilots get tested this weekend, heading to Eugene, Ore. to face the No. 17-ranked Oregon men and No. 28-ranked Duck women. Portland also travels to Salem, Ore. on Saturday for the Willamette Invitational.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- Saint Mary's finished 15th in the men's race and 10th in the women's race at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.

- Sean Hanley was the top SMC finisher on the men's side, placing 53rd with a time of 29:04.4. Hanley was followed closely by David Stiles, who finished just eight seconds later.

- For the second straight week, Karrie Hagedorn was the best finisher for the women, placing 31st out of 97 finishers. Hagedorn was the only Gael to finish in the top 50 in the race.

- Sean Harley's finish in 29:43 gave him the best time of any Saint Mary's participant in the men's race.

- The Gaels join Portland and San Francisco at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore. on Saturday.

San Diego Toreros
- The Torero men finished 14th at the San Diego State Invitational.

- Marcus Lopez-Scharb led the men last weekend, finishing in 29:08, followed closely by Erik Stoddard in 29:24.

- Ashlen Nimmo was the Toreros' top female finisher in their last women's race, taking ninth place in the women's 6K with a time of 25:03.58 at the USD Invitational. Nimmo has led the way so far, recording USD's top times in both women's races this year.

- San Diego looks to improve its times over the next two weeks, after finishing near the bottom of the pack in each of its races this season.

- The Toreros head to Riverdale, NY for the Iona College Meet of Champions, featuring the No. 5 Iona College men, on Saturday before heading to UC San Diego's Triton Invite on October 7.

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco earned its first women's title of the season and a third place finish for the men at the Sacramento State Invitational.

- Cheyne Inman remains the top harrier for the men, recording the second best time in the WCC and finishing seventh behind six runners from No. 10 BYU in the state capitol. Inman finished just three seconds out of the top five.

- The women earned the championship by placing six runners in the top 10 in Sacramento. Jennifer Hartford took the individual women's title, while Renee Stribling, Lucy Miller, Jennifer Gross and Michelle Born all finished, in order, in fourth through seventh place.

- Along with Inman, Jacob Marx and Kenny Sparks both rank among the top 10 in the WCC.

- USF participates in two meets this weekend at Willamette (9/30) and Stanford (9/30).

Santa Clara Broncos
- The Broncos followed a 10th place men's finish and eighth place women's finish at the Sundodger Invitational with both team titles at the Holy Names Invitational.

- Danny Smith finished in 27:17 to take second place in the men's race at Holy Names. John Laughlin, Nick Arcelona and Ben Snyder also finished in the top five for Santa Clara.

- SCU harriers posted three of the top 10 8K times among WCC runners, as Chris Gumbs, Mike Delaurenti and AJ Blumel all recorded sub-26:00 marks at the Sundodger Invite.

- Adrianne Beach set a new 5K course record at Holy Names. The women also boast four runners in the WCC top 10 6K times.

- Santa Clara heads to the Notre Dame and Stanford Invitationals on September 29 and 30.