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WCC Cross Country Notes

Oct. 13, 2010

The USF men and the Santa Clara women won the 23rd Annual San Francisco State Invitational on Friday.

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USF men and Santa Clara women win SFSU Invitational, Portland men remain 8th nationally
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 competed, Gonzaga's men's and women's teams both finished fourth in the Montana Invitational hosted by the University of Montana on Saturday, October 2nd.

  • 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 next compete in the Eastern Washington University Invitational on Saturday in a meet that begins and ends at the EWU soccer field.

  • The Lions ran a partial squad at the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, CA. The women's team took fourth, while the men came in 6th overall.

  • Sophomore Jessica Mumaugh led the Lions with a 13th place finish in 18:42. Mumaugh has now broke 19 minutes in both 5k races this season improving on her freshman year performances. Freshman Kelly Shogren and sophomore Megan Fairley came in next for the Lions in 19:02 and 19:03 respectively.

  • For the men, Freshman Mike Evans led the Lions, coming in 28th overall in 27:17 for the 8k course. Senior Michael Herrera turned in a solid performance, running 27:38 coming in 41st overall.

  • Next up the Lions will race their top seven at NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, October 16th, 2010.

  • Five members of the Pepperdine men's cross country team competed Saturday at the Vanguard Invitational. Senior Seth Allison led the Waves to finish line of the 8K race with a 22nd-place time of 26:50.

  • Finishing behind Allison were junior Jordan Wozniak (27:31), sophomore Jonathan Rahaeuser (28:03), Russell Mott (28:40) and Jesse Aston (29:28). Pepperdine's average finish was 28:06.

  • The best Pepperdine 8K recorded this season was sophomore Sean King's 25:48.84 at Washington's Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 18th. Allison fell just short of that in Costa Mesa.

  • The Waves' men and women will next run at the 2010 Bronco Invitational, which takes place Saturday, October 16th at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif. The women's 5k invitational begins at 9:45 a.m., and the men's 8k kicks off at 10:30 a.m.

  • The 8th ranked Portland men's team had four of the five top finishers and won the Charles Bowles Invitational on Saturday, October 2nd 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 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, October 2nd with a team score of 302.

  • 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 and women raced at the Gator Invitational hosted by San Francisco State on Friday evening. The women finished second overall with a total team time of 23:33, while the men finished seventh with a team time of 27:32.

  • The Gaels had six women run under 24 minutes for the 6k race, a first for the college. First-year runner Maria Ahlqvist led the team with a time of 23:25. Alicia Doohan was second for the Gaels in a time of 23:28, followed by Tess Descher, Natalie Sojka, and Rosie Smith.

  • On the men's side, junior Rob Van Wyck placed eighth overall (25:48) out of the 146-man field, as the men's team improved their overall team time from the Stanford Invitational by two minutes and 30 seconds.

  • The Gaels will return to action on Saturday, October 16th when they travel to Baylands Regional Park to participate in the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara.

  • The University of San Diego traveled to Notre Dame for the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, October 2nd. The race 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 University of San Francisco men's cross country team won the 23rd Annual San Francisco State Invitational on Friday at Golden Gate Park. The Dons had three runners finish in the top 10 and seven finish in the top 22.

  • Senior Derek DeSantiago paced the Dons with a seventh-place finish in 25:50. Junior Thomas Estrada was just eight seconds behind DeSantiago, crossing the finish line ninth.

  • Two runners from the USF women's team competed. Sophomore Alice Baker finished third in a time of 22:30 and Carly Holman's fifth-place finish in a time 22:50 was a new personal record for the senior runner by nearly a minute.

  • The USF men's team runs next weekend on Saturday, October 16th at the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park. San Francisco's women's team travels to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in the Pre-Nationals Meet on Saturday.

  • Junior Meghan McNamara paced the Broncos women to a first place finish at the 23rd annual San Francisco State Invitational on Friday at Golden Gate Park.

  • The Bronco women placed all five scorers in the top 20 with a 33 second spread. McNamara finished in seventh place with a time of 22:59 for the 6k race. She was followed closely by freshman Allie Sibole, who also ran 22:59. Sophomore Hayley Ney placed 11th in 23:03. Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Carey Parker in 13th and junior Nicole Giove in 19th.

  • The men were led by junior Matt Wagner, who ran the course in a time of 26:46.

  • Santa Clara will host the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, October 16th in Sunnyvale, CA at Baylands Regional Park.