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WCC Cross Country Notes

Oct. 3, 2008

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As the 2008 season rolls along, Saint Mary's Mario Mendoza owns the top men's 8K time with a 24:35 showing at the Sundodger Invitational, while Loyola Marymount's Tara Erdmann owns the top women's 6K time of 21:25, which she ran at the Stanford Invitational. The WCC had five schools compete at the Stanford Invitational with San Francisco coming out on top on both the men's and women's side. For the month of September, Mendoza took home WCC Player of the Month, while Portland's Sifrash Ademe took home the women's award.


October 3
12 San Diego at Paul Short Invitational -- 10:00am

October 4
13 Portland at Bill Dellinger Invitational -- 10:10am
14 Portland at Charles Bowles Invite. -- 10:50am
14 San Francisco at Charles Bowles Invite. --10:50am
15 Pepperdine at Pepperdine Invitational -- TBA
16 San Francisco at UC Davis Invitational -- TBA
14 Santa Clara (Women) at Charles Bowles Invite -- TBA
16 Santa Clara at UC Davis Invitational -- TBA

October 10
17 Saint Mary's at SF State Invitational -- 4:00pm

October 11
18 San Diego at Triton Invitational -- 8:30am
15 Pepperdine at Kampmann Classic -- TBA

13. Springfield, Or (Springfield CC);14.Salem, Or (Bush Park);15.Malibu, Ca (Pepperdine);16.Davis, Ca (UC Davis);17.San Francisco, Ca (Golden Gate Park);18.La Jolla, Ca (UCSD)

  • The Zags men's team finished seventh at the Sundodger Invitational with Colby Litzenberger leading the way in 24:53 for 27th place overall.

  • For the women, Laura Volcheff (22:31), 47th overall, and Elizabeth Slamkowski (23:07), 61st overall, were the top finishers for the women's team, who also finshed seventh overall.
  • At the Stanford Invitational, Phillip Benavides was the top finisher for the men's team at 26:00, for 55th place, helping the Lions to 18th place.

  • For the women, Tara Erdmann was the top finisher for the Lions, finishing eighth overall with a time of 21:25, to help the Lions to a 12th place finish. She owns the top 6K time in the WCC.
  • At the Stanford Invitational, underclassmen led the way as freshman Jimmy Kelley paced the Waves finishing in 26:43 (107th). All top five fnishers were underclassmen.

  • For the women, Chelsea Wishard and Lauren Lodge led the way for the Waves, with Wishard finishing 25th overall (22:08) and Lodge finishing 58th (22:51), for a 13th place team finish.
  • At the West Coast Preview, UP was led by David Kinsella (25:06), who won the individual title, and Robbie Reid (25:48), who placed 3rd.

  • At the Roy Griak Invitational, Sifrash Ademe led the way finishing in 21:50 for 15th place. Last year's WCC champion, Dana Morgan, finished in 22:05 for 24th place. Portland women own four of the top 10 times in the conference.
  • Mario Mendoza broke the school 8K record time once again, running the Sundodger Invitational in 24:35 for a 16th place finish. Mendoza owns the fastest 8K time in the conference so far.

  • Karrie Hagedorn paced the Gaels, finishing the Sundodger Invitational in 22:06, for 36th place. Hagedorn's 21:50 at the Aggie Open is the second fastest 6K time in the conference so far.
  • At the UC Riverside Invitational, Shane Smith was the top finisher for the Toreros, finishing in 27:35, followed by Martin Jimienez in 27:50.

  • On the women's side, Stacy Claderon led the way finishing the 5K course in 19:48, followed closely by teammate Laura Wells who finished in 19:57. The Toreros finished 24th overall.
  • At the Stanford Invitational, Ganbileg Bor was the top finisher for the Dons coming in at 25:19 for 25th place. The Dons placed 13th overall.

  • The women were paced by Michelle Born, who finished in 21:51 for 16th place. Her time is the fourth fastest 6K in the conference so far. The Dons finished 10th overall. Both the men's and women's team finished ahead of the four other WCC teams competing at the race.
  • At the Stanford Invitational, the Broncos were led by Robbie Reid who finished in 26:01 for 57th place. Santa Clara finished 14th overall.

  • For the women, Veronica Vazquez paced the Broncos, finishing in 22:26 for 34th place, followed closely by teammate Stephanie Wilson, who finished in 22:46 for 54th place. The women also finished in 14th place overall.