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WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Notes

Oct. 11, 2006

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Top Men's Performers
With the Portland men's "A" team running in its first race of the season at the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Oregon on September 29, the top 10 times have changed substantially from two weeks ago. The Pilots' John Moore holds the top time, running a 23:19.09 8K in Eugene to lead Portland to a second place finish. Moore finished the meet behind two runners from BYU and Oregon, both ranked in the top 30 in the nation. With just the one race under his belt, Moore earned WCC Runner of the Month honors for September. Joining Moore in the top 10 times are eight other Pilot runners. Only Gonzaga's Joe Miller was able to break through the Portland stronghold on the WCC top times list.

Men's Top Times (8K)
1. John Moore, POR - 23:19.09 - Dellinger Invite
2. Chuck McKenzie, POR - 23:49.87 - Dellinger Invite
3. Michael Kilburg, POR - 23:51.26 - Dellinger Invite
4. Colin Longmuir, POR - 23:56.15 - Dellinger Invite
5. Matt Sheeks, POR - 24:00.71 - Dellinger Invite
6. Justin Houck, POR - 24:12.56 - Dellinger Invite
7. Mike Quackenbush, POR - 24:29.30 - Dellinger Invite
8. Brendan Robinson, POR - 24:38.88 - Dellinger Invite
9. Joe Miller, GON - 24:43 - Sundodger Invite
10. Tommy Betterbed, POR - 24:47.75 - Willamette Invite


Top Women's Performers
Laura Mickelson, the WCC Runner of the Month for September, currently holds the conference's top time in the 6K. The LMU harrier recorded a time of 20:22 at the Stanford Invitational, taking third place behind two runners from the No. 1 Cardinal. Mickelson has taken two individual titles in the first six weeks of the season. Fellow Lion Kristen Gonzalez joins Mickelson on the top times list with the seventh best time. Three Portland runners have positioned themselves in the top 10 with sub-22 minute times. Bobeya Krishnek and Dana Morgan have recorded more than one time in the top 10. Anne Murphy-Hagan, Shannon Bell and Gillian Fitch from Santa Clara balance out the top 10 with just two weeks until the WCC Championships.

Women's Top Times (6K)
1. Laura Mickelson, LMU - 20:22 - Stanford Invite
2. Bobeya Krishnek, POR - 21:33 - Sundodger Invite
3. Dana Morgan, POR - 21:35 - Sundodger Invite
4. Sifrash Ademe, POR - 21:39.62 - Dellinger Invite
5. Shannon Bell, SCU - 21:47 - Sundodger Invite
6. Dana Morgan, POR - 21:55.24 - Dellinger Invite
7. Kristen Gonzalez, LMU - 21:56 - Stanford Invite
8. Anne Murphy-Hagan, SCU - 21:58 - Sundodger Invite
9. Bobeya Krishnek, POR - 21:58.99 - Dellinger Invite
10. Gillian Fitch, SCU - 22:18 - Sundodger Invite


WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men placed ninth, while the women placed 16th at the Notre Dame Invitational on September 29.

- Joe Miller led the men's team again for the Bulldogs, finishing the 8K course in fourth place with a time of 24:56. Although Miller's previous league-leading time of 24:43 no longer stands, he has posted three straight top 20 finishes.

- Colby Litzenberger placed 25th as the Zags second-best finisher in South Bend.

- Kara Rasmussen continues to pace the Gonzaga women, recording a 29th place finish at Notre Dame's 5K race. The senior has been the Bulldogs' top finisher in each race this season.

- The Bulldogs make their final stop before the WCC Championships at the Eastern Washington Invitational (10/14).


Loyola Marymount Lions
- On September 30, the Lion women finished seventh and the men finished 11th at the Stanford Invitational.

- Laura Mickelson was named the WCC Runner of the Month for September after taking two individual titles and one third place finish during the first month of the season. Mickelson holds the top 6K time in the conference after finishing third behind two runners from No. 1 Stanford on September 30.

- With times of 25:07 and 25:13, respectively, Jon MacNeil and Nicholas Brennan paced the men at Stanford. MacNeil just missed finishing in the top quarter of the field of over 200 runners.

- The Lions close out their regular season at the Cal Poly Invitational on October 14 in San Luis Obispo, CA.


Pepperdine Waves
- Although the Pepperdine men finished 12th at the UC Riverside Invitational, the women recorded their third-straight second place finish. The Waves also recorded an eighth place women's finish at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. The men had no score at the Triton Invite due to an inconsistency on the course that caused no official scores to be given.

- Bouncing back from a disqualification on September 23, Kyla Maher was the Waves' top finisher, taking 18th in the 5K event at UC Riverside. Brieanna Carroll came in just behind Maher in 20th place. Pepperdine had six runners place in the top 50 and 10 in the top half of the race featuring over 200 participants.

- Sam Hudson was the Waves' top men's finisher at UCR, placing 61st with a time of 26:38.3.

- Pepperdine joins Loyola Marymount at the Cal Poly Invitational (10/14) in their last event before the WCC Championships on October 28.


Portland Pilots
- The Pilot teams split up on September 29 and 30, with the women finishing ninth at Oregon's Bill Dellinger Invitational and 10th at the Willamette Invitational. The men's team finished second at Oregon and fifth at Willamette.

- After competing in just one event in September, John Moore was named WCC Runner of the Month after leading the Pilots to a second place finish at Oregon. Moore took third place, setting the WCC's top 8K time and finishing just seconds behind two runners from top teams, BYU and Oregon.

- In her first race of the season, Sifrash Ademe, who placed sixth at the 2005 WCC Championships, finished 32nd in Eugene as Portland's top finisher.

- The Pilots travel to the Jim Drews Invitational in La Crosse, WI to compete against No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 12 Minnesota on October 14.


Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men finished 19th at the Willamette Invitational on September 30 and seventh at the San Francisco State Invitational on October 14. The women also took seventh place in San Francisco.

- Sean Hanley was again the top finisher for the Gaels at Willamette, finishing the 8K course in 28:28.3. Hanley was closely followed by Saint Mary's next-highest finisher, David Stiles, with a time of 28:40.05.

- Karrie Hagedorn led the Gaels again on the women's side, finishing fourth at the San Francisco State Invitational in 23:33.

- SMC finished behind both Portland and USF at the Willamette meet.

- The Gaels travel to the South Bay for the Santa Clara Invitational on October 14.


San Diego Toreros
- The Toreros took 15th place in both the men's and women's races at the Iona College Meet of Champions. A few runners from each team competed for no team scores at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational.

- Chris Jacobs was the top men's finisher in New York, taking 49th in a field of nearly 200 runners from 20 scoring teams. Jacobs finished over 60 places ahead of his next closest teammate.

- Mariana Monasi and Ashlen Nimmo were the only two Torero women to finish in the top 100 at Iona. Monasi recorded a sub-24:00 time to take 77th, while Nimmo finished 98th in a time of 24:29. Both runners are in their first year of competition for San Diego.

- The Toreros compete against LMU and Pepperdine, amongst other teams, at the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo, CA (10/14) in their final meet before the WCC Championships.


San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team finished seventh at the Willamette Invitational, while the women scored a second place finish at the San Francisco State Invitational.

- Ryan Courtwright missed the WCC top 10 list by less than four seconds with his best time of 24:51.20. Courtwright led the Dons with a 15th place finish at the Willamette Invitational.

- The women placed second in the team standings thanks to an individual title from Elizabeth Noey and top 25 finishes from Mary Verran, Katie Matl, Meredith Degyansky and Alice Hobbs.

- Although they received no team score, the men's side placed three runners in the top 30 at San Francisco State. Kenny Sparks led the way in 17th place.

- USF tunes up for the WCC Championships at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/14).


Santa Clara Broncos
- The Bronco men placed 16th at the Notre Dame Invitational, while the women posted a seventh place finish in South Bend.

- With a sixth place finish at Notre Dame, Shannon Bell continued to lead the Bronco women. Bell finished the course in 18:04, one of the top 5K times in the WCC.

- Mike Delaurenti's 41st place finish in 25:51 was the Broncos' top time at Notre Dame. Four SCU men's harriers finished in the top half of the over 200 participant field.

- Bell, Anne Murphy-Hagan and Gillian Fitch all recorded times at the Sundodger Invitational that still rank among the top 10 6K times in the WCC. Bell leads the pack with the sixth best time in the WCC this season.

- SCU hosts the Bronco Invitational (10/14), their last meet before the WCC Championships.