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WCC Cross Country Notes

Sept. 29, 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


  • Gonzaga University's women had seven runners in the top 20 on the way to a second-place finish, and the Bulldog men turned in a strong effort to finish third at the Erik Anderson Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday at Plantes Ferry in the Spokane Valley.

  • Redshirt freshman Emily Thomas paced the women, finishing 10th in 19:23.755 over the 5K course.

  • On the men's side, sophomore Patrick Richie was the first Bulldog across the line in 19th in 26:45.415 for the 8K run.

  • Gonzaga will complete its stretch of three meets on consecutive weekends when they compete in the Montana Invitational next Saturday at the University of Montana in Missoula.

  • Last weekend, the Lions men and women raced at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. The women placed sixth overall, while the men finished 14th.

  • Junior Tara Erdmann and sophomore Sheree Shea placed in the top 10 overall. Erdmann finished fourth with a time of 20:44, while Shea ran in 20:57 to finish eighth overall.

  • Freshmen Weston Strum paced the men with a time of 25:28 in the 8k. The Lions put three freshmen in their top five. The other two were Drew Dalton and Kevin Joerger.

  • Next up, the Lions will run at the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa on October 9th.

  • Five members of the Pepperdine women's cross country team competed strongly while surviving climbing temperatures approaching 90 degrees Saturday morning in their dual at Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The five Waves finished as a pack from 10th to 14th place in the 23-woman field. Junior Elizabeth Coe led Pepperdine with her 5K time of 19:42.50, and was followed to the finish line by sophomore Megan Doeding (19:50), junior Courtney Rolando (19:53.60), freshman Makenzie Taylor (20:20.60) and senior Mary Stuzman (20:59.50).

  • Since the Pepperdine men did not compete as originally planned, head coach Robert Radnoti has added the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 9 to their schedule.

  • The Pepperdine women's team is now off from competition until Oct. 16 when it heads to Sunnyvale, Calif., and Baylands Park for the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara.

  • The Pilots took first place in both the Men's 8k and Women's 6k competitions at the Pier Park Invitational in Portland on September 10th.

  • The men raced to first place with a team score of 26 which outlasted the score of 33 posted by Willamette University.

  • The women notched a score of 20, which was in front of the 64 put up by second place Willamette University.

  • Sophomore Joash Osoro led the way for the men with a time of 24:42, while redshirt freshman Kelli Houser paced the women with a final time of 17:51.

  • Next up, the Pilots will run at the Charles Bowles Invitational on October 2nd.

  • The Saint Mary's men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday morning. Sophomore Rosie Smith broke a two year old record, finishing the 6k with a time of 21:45, defeating Karrie Hagedorn's 2008 record time of 21:50 by five seconds.

  • The women placed 16th out of 24 teams, placing four runners in the top 150. Senior Tess Descher (63th - 22:27) and junior Natalie Sojka (164nd - 24:35) both had marked improvements from last year's performances by nearly one minute and two minutes, respectively.

  • The men took 23rd place out of 26 teams. Junior Robb Van Wyck (25:43) finished in 114th place. Senior Bradley Alban finished the course in 181st place (27:23) followed closely by sophomore James Hayes (197th - 27:50).

  • The Gaels will be in action again October 8th for the Gator Invitational hosted by San Francisco State University.

  • The Toreros women's squad picked up a fourth place finish in the 5k event, while the men finished in fifth place in the 8k event at the 2010 Aztec Invitational in San Diego on September 18th.

  • In the women's 5k invite race, USD had an average time of of 19:09.68 for fourth place. Sophomore Kristy Koenes paced the team to a ninth place finish overall with a time of 18:37.

  • The men finished fifth overall with an average finish time of 26:58.72. Sophomore Erik Anderson paced the team to a 26:09 finish time for ninth place overall.

  • San Diego races again on Friday when they travel to South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame Invitational to be held at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

  • The Dons ran at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto last Saturday. The men's team finished 11th out of 26 teams, while the women's B squad was 12th out of 24 teams.

  • Freshman Jose Madera led the men's team, finishing 28th and running the 8k course in 24:30 to set a new personal best. Ganbileg Bor was 37th in time of 24:42, just seconds shy of a new personal best. Junior Jeremy Grace and senior Joshua Horeled, both set new personal bests, finishing in 25:10 and 25:29, respectively.

  • Sophomore Chloe Trevelen paced the women's team with a 32nd place finish in a time of 21:53.

  • The Dons' women's team is back in action next weekend as they travel to Madison, WI for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2. USF's men's team will take a week off before competing at the San Francisco State Invitational on Oct. 8.

  • The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country teams made the short drive on Saturday morning to compete in the Stanford Invitational. The men finished 13th, while the women placed 15th.

  • For the women, freshman Erin Hicks finished in 58th place out of 212 runners and was timed at 22:23, completing her first ever 6000m race.

  • Ben Demaree set a Santa Clara freshmen record in the 8k with a time of 25:03. Sophomore Kevin Oliver was right behind with a time of 25:06.

  • The Broncos will race again on October 8th at the San Francisco State Invitational in Golden Gate Park. They will then host the Bronco Invitational on October 16th.