Sept. 30, 2006
SALEM, Ore. - The University of Portland men's and women's cross country "B" teams raced at the Willamette Invitational Saturday morning, with the men placing fifth and the women 10th. Freshman Tommy Betterbed led the Pilots with a 14th place finish in the eight kilometer race while sophomore Adrienne Nova paced the women on the five kilometer course with a 33rd place finish and a time of 18:25.
The Pilots showcased their excellent team depth at the Willamette Invitational, placing fifth against a solid field of competitors.
"I was very pleased with our team finish," head coach Rob Conner said. "We beat some varsity teams from other schools. It was a great team effort by our younger guys and showed our depth."
Freshman Tommy Betterbed clocked in at 24:47, good for a 14th place finish. Following Betterbed, five Pilots finished within 40 seconds of each other: junior Steven Ault (31st, 25:10), sophomore Kevin Krohn (40th, 25:21), sophomore Rob Schlegel (50th, 25:35), sophomore Derek Mandell (57th, 25:41) and sophomore Nick Bellisario (63rd, 25:47).
"I thought Betterbed ran a great race," Conner said. "He was patient at the beginning and finished strong."
Seven other Pilots saw action at the meet: junior Andy Gorder (82nd, 26:03), sophomore Jeff Gill (85th, 26:07), junior John Hoeck (99th, 26:24), freshman Corey Hanson (106th, 26:22), junior J.T. Lehman (109th, 26:23), senior Michael Haugen and sophomore Johnson Lee (63rd, 25:47).
The team from UC Davis won the meet with 70 points, followed by Team XO with 92, Washington with 97, Oregon with 112 and Portland with 138. Boise State (144), San Francisco (165), Idaho (167), Texas (204) and Spokane Community College (255) rounded out the top ten.
The Pilot women harriers placed 10th at the meet, led by sophomores Adrienne Nova (33rd, 18:25) and Stacy Holtman (41st, 18:38) and freshman Megan Smith (45th, 18:41).
"The team ran well," head coach Ian Solof said. "I think Adrienne had a spectacular race, cutting something like a minute and 25 seconds off her time at this course from last season. She gave a varsity-level effort."
Oregon State won the meet convincingly with 40 points, followed by Boise State (120), Idaho (121), Portland State (136), San Francisco (139), UC Davis (156), San Diego State (184), Washington (192), Eastside Track Club (197) and Portland (214). 19 teams competed in the meet.
Seven other Pilot harriers ran in the race: sophomores Jackie Dargitz (69th, 19:14), Lih Kuhlman (112th, 20:18) and Claire Giuliano (121st, 20:35), and freshman Nora Panitz (137th, 21:03), Grete Lenz (144th, 21:13) and Megan Colvin (147th, 21:26).
"It was a good effort all around," Solof continued. "They are doing a good job, and they've got two more meets in the coming weeks to see if they can keep improving and keep getting in better shape."