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WCC Cross Country Running Strong Through Midway Point

Sept. 28, 2009

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This year's WCC men's and women's cross country have put up some impressive finishes at several races this season. Halfway into their 2009 campaigns, the Portland men have been ranked No. 9 in the USTFCCCA national polls and No. 3 in the regional rankings. San Francisco has joined the Pilots, earning a No. 14 regional ranking after two second place finishes at the USF Invitational earlier in the season and the Aztec Invitational that took place in mid-September.

On the women's side, Loyola Marymount is currently ranked No. 8 in the West region, while Portland stands at No. 11. The Lion women have finished in the top-five in the three races they have run so far, while the Pilots won the only race they have competed in this season, the West Coast Preview Meet.

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All Times PST

Bill Delinger Invitational Springfield, OR
9:00 AM
OSU Jamboree Stillwater, OK
7:00 AM
Doc Adams Invitational Davis, CA
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
SFSU InvitationalSan Francisco, CA
4:00 PM
Vanguard Invitational Costa Mesa, CA
UCSD Invitational San Diego, CA
9:00 AM


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


  • Halfway into the season, the Gonzaga squads continue to improve, taking the team title on the women's side at the Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry and second place in the men's race.

  • Junior Molly Funk placed fifth individually, while redshirt sophomore Kayla Lloyd placed seventh to lead the women to the team title. This was the first team title since 2004 when the women won the Sasquatch Invitational hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane.

  • On the men's side, four Bulldogs landed in the top 15, led by redshirt junior Matt Bejar, who finished 10th. Freshmen Christian Burger and Tate Kelly and sophomore Chris Boyle (unattached) finished 11th, 13th, and 14th, respectively.

  • Gonzaga's will compete next at the Montana Invitational at the UM Golf Course in Missoula, MT on Saturday (10/3) at 9 AM.

  • LMU competed at the UC Riverside Invitational and the Stanford Invitational over the last two weekends. The men placed 4th at UC Riverside and 7th at Stanford, while the women took 5th and 3rd in their respective races.

  • At the UC Riverside meet, freshman Sheree Shea debuted with a breakout race and personal record, placing third overall and setting an LMU course record with an impressive time of 16:51 in the 5K race. For the Lion men, senior Brian McDonald placed 10th individually.

  • At the Stanford Invite, Shea and McDonald continued to lead the Lions. Against some of the top teams of the nation, Shea clocked in a 21:06, the fastest 6K time by an LMU freshman, to take 14th place in the individual race. On the men's side, McDonald placed 14th as well, leading his team to its first ever top 10 finish at this invite.

  • The Lions' next race will be the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday (10/10).

  • The Pepperdine women competed in the women's open race at the UC Riverside Invitational where they took third, while the men finished in 17th place out of 30 teams that ran in the men's only 8K event.

  • Junior Chelsea Wishard was the top runner for the Waves, placing third overall. For the men, junior Seth Allison finished first for the team and landed in 79th place overall.

  • In the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners' Invitational last weekend, both Wave squads took home the team title. Wishard won the women's race, while freshman Wesley Burdell was the first of four Wave male runners to claim the third through sixth positions to edge Westmont 29-31.

  • Both Pepperdine teams will take a break from competition for the next three weeks. They are scheduled to return to action on Saturday (10/17) at the Bronco Invitational hosted by WCC rival Santa Clara University.

  • Portland was scheduled to compete at the UNM Invitational last weekend, but the meet was cancelled. The latest results for the Pilot teams are the women's first place finish and men's third place finish at the West Coast Preview Meet last September 11.

  • Senior Lyndy Davis captured the individual title with a time of 22:27. Davis was joined in the top-five by teammates sophomore Elizabeth Keaveny and freshman Molly Mitchell.

  • For the men, sophomore Shane Geiger finished fifth for the Pilots, while freshmen runners (unattached) Joash Osoro and Trevor Dunbar placed in the top-two spots.

  • The Pilots are slated to compete next at the Bill Delinger Invitational on Friday (10/2) in Springfield, OR.

  • Saint Mary's competed in two events over the last two weekends, the Aztec Invitational and the Stanford Invitational.

  • In the 65th Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State, the Gael men were led by junior Mark Blucher, while the women were paced by freshman Rosie Smith. The men's team finished fifth out of ten teams, and the women came in seventh out of 12.

  • At the Stanford Invitational, the Saint Mary's men finished 17th overall and the women came in 22nd. Pacing the way for the Gaels was Blucher again, who set a personal record and ran the fifth fastest time in Saint Mary's history in the 8K with a 25:21. On the women's side, the Gaels were led by junior captain Tess Grannemman, who finished 84th overall.

  • Saint Mary's will be back in action on Saturday (10/3) when the team travels to Davis, CA to participate in the Doc Adams Invitational, hosted by UC Davis.

  • The San Diego team ran its first full-squad competition this season at the 65th annual Aztec Invitational in Balboa Park, hosted by San Diego State University.

  • The Toreros took fourth place on the men's side, led by freshman Chris Flaherty. Flaherty placed 24th overall and was trailed closely by sophomore Shane Smith (26th place) and freshman Erik Anderson (29th place).

  • On the women's side, San Diego also finished in fourth. The freshmen on the women's side also put up impressive times with Emerald Raney leading the pack and taking 10th overall. Raney was followed by newcomers Rachel Williams and Mackenzie Eutrikin.

  • The next meet for the Toreros will be the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, OK on Saturday (10/3).

  • Both San Francisco cross country teams finished second in the 65th Annual Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University.

  • On the women's side, freshman Eva Krchova finished fourth overall and was followed closely by fifth-place finisher junior Nicole Bowler and sophomore Hillary Kigar, who came in ninth in her first meet of the season.

  • For the men, sophomore Ganbileg Bor continued to lead the Dons, with a fifth place finish that interrupted what would have been a NAU sweep of the top five spots. Finishing in second and third for the Dons were sophomore Will Marquardt (14th) and senior Alex Nelson (15th). Again, all Don male runners finished in the top 30 out of nearly 90 runners.

  • San Francisco is scheduled to compete next at the Bill Delinger Invitational with conference foe Portland in Springfield, OR on Friday (10/2).

  • Santa Clara junior Robbie Reid and senior Stephanie Wilson shattered Bronco records as they finished 11th and 10th overall, respectively, at the Stanford Invitational. As a team, the men came in 11th place out of 18 teams, while the women landed in 13th out of a larger 22-team field.

  • Reid crossed the finish line at 24:30, the fastest time ever run by a Bronco in an 8K race. He was followed by junior Chris Sampson (53rd) and freshman Marcos Hinojosa (85th).

  • Wilson's time of 20:57 was a school record and a personal best at the 6K distance. The next two Bronco female runners to cross the finish line were freshmen Mary Reynolds (82nd) and Carey Parker (84th).

  • Santa Clara will participate in the Doc Adams Invitational along with conference foes Saint Mary's and San Francisco in Davis, CA on Saturday (10/3).