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WCC Cross Country Notes

Oct. 5, 2010

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Portland men move up to 8th in the national rankings, USF's freshman Jana Stolting breaks school's 6k record
With the West Coast Conference Championships about one month away, the cross country season is in full swing. Up and down the coast and as far east as Indiana, WCC teams will be lacing up the spikes in the upcoming weeks as they prepare to run in Belmont on Saturday, October 30th.

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


  • In the third straight weekend that the Bulldogs have competed,Gonzaga's men's and women's teams both finished fourth in the Montana Invitational hosted by the University of Montana on Saturday.

  • Chris Boyle paced the men with a 10th-place finish and Laura Volcheff finished 14th to lead three Bulldog women in the top 20.

  • The Bulldog men scored 91 points, five behind Eastern Washington University who finished in third. Gonzaga's women had 101 points in the meet won by the host Grizzlies with 33 points as they had four runners in the top nine.

  • Gonzaga will get a week off prior to competing in the Eastern Washington UniversityInvitational Oct. 16 in a meet that begins and ends at the EWU soccer field.

  • Two weekends ago, 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 two weekends ago.

  • 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).

  • Head coach Robert Radnoti has added the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, Oct. 9 to the men's schedule.

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

  • The 8th ranked Portland men's team had four of the five top finishers and won the Charles Bowles Invitational on Saturday at Bush Park in Salem, OR. Sophomore Trevor Dunbar paced Portland with a second-place finish and a time of 23:22.67 at the 8K course. Sophomore Joash Osoro was third (23:31.69), junior Alfred Kipchumba placed fourth (23:31.73) and sophomore Lars Erik Malde took fifth (23:33.68) as the varsity squad ran for the first time as a team this season.

  • The Pilots women's varsity squad finished in 12th place at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (6k) on Saturday with a team score of 302. Syracuse University was first overall with a team score of 89.

  • Two Pilots finished in the top 50 overall in the individual standings and six finished in the top 100. Senior Dana Morgan turned in a time of 21:08, which was good for 43rd place, with freshman Kellie Houser coming in 50th in a time of 21:15.

  • The Pilots' next race will be at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, IN on October 16th.

  • The Saint Mary's men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Stanford Invitational on September 25th. 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 on Friday, October 8th for the Gator Invitational hosted by San Francisco State University.

  • The University of San Diego traveled to Notre Dame for the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational, which hosted many of the top cross country programs in the nation, including Oregon, Florida State, Villanova, and host Notre Dame. The men finished 21st, while the women crossed the line with a 24th place finish.

  • The Torero women were led in the 5k race by sophomore Kristy Koenes with a time of 18:04. Freshman Gillian Gorelik followed with a time of 18:33.

  • Erik Anderson led the way for the men with a time of 25:56. He was followed by sophomore Chris Flaherty in 26.48. and junior Willie Schefer, who finished in 27:02.

  • The Toreros will next race at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, CA hosted by Santa Clara on October 16th.

  • The Dons' women's team placed eighth in a competitive field at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday morning in Madison, WI. San Francisco finished well in front of nationally ranked Wisconsin and just 10 points behind No. 7 ranked Florida, which was the highest ranked teamcompeting.

  • Freshman cross country runner Jana Stolting ran the fastest 6k time in school history at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday morning, leading the Dons with an 18th-place finish in a time of 20:41.

  • Finishing close behind was sophomore Eva Krchova in 20:52. Senior Nicole Bowler took 21:02 to cover the course, with Krchova and Bowler both running faster than USF's previous program best 6k time of 21:22 set last year by junior Hillary Kigar.

  • After taking the week off from competition, the USF's men's team will compete along with the women at the San Francisco State Invitational on October 8th.

  • The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country teams made the short drive on Saturday morning to compete in the Stanford Invitational two weekends ago. 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 Friday, October 8th at the San Francisco State Invitational in Golden Gate Park. They will then host the Bronco Invitational on October 16th in Sunnyvale, CA.