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WCC Cross Country Notes 10/12

Oct. 12, 2007

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WCC Runners of the Month
Men's Cross Country: John Moore, Portland
John Moore, an All-American in both cross country and track & field, got off to a fast start in September by posting the top time of any WCC runner in an 8,000-meter event. Moore led the Pilots to a fourth place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, which featured eight nationally ranked teams among a field of 15. Moore's time of 23:45 placed him eighth individually and helped Portland finish the month ranked No. 13 nationally.

Women's Cross Country: Laura Mickelson, LMU
Laura Mickelson, a senior, won two individual titles during the month: the UC Irvine/Asics Invitational and the Pepperdine dual title. At Pepperdine, Mickelson won the individual title in 17:56 (3-mile) to lead the Lions to the win over the rival Waves. At the UCI/Asics Invitational, she won the 5k title in 17:27.70 to lead LMU to a second place finish among 12 teams. Also in September, Mickelson finished second at the SDSU Aztec Invitational (17:45) to lead LMU to sixth place of 14 teams. She wrapped up the month at the Stanford Invitational, finishing eighth in the 6k in 21:04 to help LMU finish seventh of 28.

Upcoming Schedule:

Oct. 13

Gonzaga at Eastern Washington Invitational 10:30 a.m.

Loyola Marymount; San Diego at Cal Poly Invitational 9:00 a.m.Pepperdine at Kampmann Klassic TBA

Portland at NCAA Pre-National Meet TBA

Saint Mary's; San Francisco, Santa Clara at SCU Invite 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 20

Portland at Beaver Classic TBA

San Francisco; Santa Clara at Shoreline Invitational 9:00 a.m.

Team Notes:

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-The Gonzaga men and women both came in ninth at the 33rd annual Charles Bowles Invitational Cross Country Meet hosted by Willamette University.

-Junior Colby Litzenberger finished first for the Zags, 50th overall, in the 8k with a time of 25:53.05.

-Sophomore Molly Funk took 46th overall and first for the Bulldogs in the women's 5k open with a time of 18:52.75.

-The Zags will make a short trip to Cheney to participate in the Eastern Washington Invitational (10/13) before gearing up for the WCC Championships.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The Lions made a head-turning appearance at the Stanford Invitational, with the women finishing seventh out of 28 teams and men nabbing 12th out of 32.

-WCC Runner of the Month, Laura Mickelson, was first to cross the finish line for the Lions, placing eighth overall, with a time of 21:04. Freshman Tara Erdmann finished just behind Mickelson in 11th place, with a time of 21:18 in her first-ever 6K.

-Jonathan MacNeil paced the Lions, finishing 51st in the 8k with a time of 25:23, with the remaining four harriers following within one minute.

-The Lions return to action this weekend, competing in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/13) followed by the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational (10/19).

Pepperdine Waves

-The Waves gave an excellent performance last weekend at the Arizona State Invitational where the men and women nabbed third and fourth, respectively.

-Finishing first for the Waves in the women's 5k was Brie Carroll, who placed seventh overall with a time of 18:57.

-Arizona native Chris Ogle was no stranger to the Tempe course, having competed there previously with the University of Arizona. Ogle finished 15th overall with a time of 26:01 over the men's 8k course.

-Next up for the Pepperdine harriers is the Kampann Klassic, an open race in honor of former head Coach Dick Kampmann, to be held next Saturday, October 13.

Portland Pilots

-The Pilots proved they're among the nations best after the women placed seventh and the then-#11 men placed fourth, both out of 15 teams, at the Bill Dellinger invite hosted by the University of Oregon.

-John Moore paced the men with a time of 23:45 to finish eighth with teammate David Kinsella not far behind in 10th place with a time of 23:47. The Pilot men are now ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA national poll.

-Dana Morgan led the way for the women finishing with a time of 20:43, finishing 12th overall.

-The Pilots will next compete in the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute this weekend (10/13).

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Gaels have been busy as they competed in both the Stanford (10/29) and San Francisco State Invitationals, recording impressive times in both.

-Karrie Hagedorn led the women to a ninth place finish at the SFSU Gator Invite with a 10th place personal finish in the 6k with a time of 23:02.

-The men's team finished seventh overall at the Gator Invite, led by David Stiles with a time of 28:08 in the 8k-race.

-Next up for the Gaels is the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/13) before preparing for the WCC Championships (10/27).

San Diego Toreros

-Last weekend marked the first out-of-state trip of the year for the Toreros, as they traveled to Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational.

-Chris Jacobs was the first to cross the fnish line for the men, coming in at 103rd with a time of 26:25.

-Coming in first for the Torero women was Ashlen Nimmo, who finished with a time of 25:10 in the 6k.

-The Toreros will head north this weekend to the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo hosted by the No. 30 Cal Poly men's team (10/13).

San Francisco Dons

-San Francisco competed in three events in the last two weeks; the Stanford, Roy Griak, and San Francisco State Invitationals. The Dons made solid appearances in all three events.

-Michelle Born and Fallon Heffernan finished first and second for the Dons in the San Francisco State Invitational, leading the team to a first place finish.

-Jennifer Hartford led the Dons, placing 39th in 22:24 at the Griak Invitational while Zita Mezei, who placed eighth overall, finished with a time of 14:50 in the Stanford 4k.

-Cheyne Inman placed ninth overall with a time of 25:48 to lead the men to a third place finish in the San Francisco State Invite.

-Next up is the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara at Baylands Park (10/13).

Santa Clara Broncos

-Santa Clara split their team last weekend and the women took home a best-ever third place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational, while the men competed in the Stanford Invitational

-Adriane Puetz led the team for the third race in a row, placing ninth with a time of 18:09 in the field.

-Annie Murphy-Hagan, running in her first race this year, finished second for the Broncos with a time of 18:35 and was 32nd overall.

-Michael Delaurenti led the Bronco pack at Stanford, coming in 46th overall with a time of 25:19.

-Santa Clara is set to host the Bronco Invitational this weekend at Baylands Park (10/13).