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Pilots Place 25th at Pre-Nationals

Oct. 17, 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Portland women's cross country team placed 25th at NCAA Pre-Nationals "white" meet Saturday, lead by sophomore Sifrash Ademe (71st, 21:27) and freshman Dana Morgan (72nd, 21:29) in the six kilometer race. 37 teams ran in the "white" race, including 10 top 30 teams and five top ten teams.

Julia Lucas of North Carolina State won the race with a time of 20:02, leading the No. 5 Wolfpack to the team victory with 117 points. No. 3 Michigan was second, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 8 UC Santa Barbara and No. 17 Illinois.

For the Pilots, Ademe and Morgan finished back-to-back and two seconds apart and were followed by junior Bobeya Krishnek (116th, 21:53), senior Kristen Rohde (190th, 22:34), sophomore Adrienne Nova (202nd, 22:43), freshman Natalie Hemphill (206th, 22:48) and sophomore Janel Sislow (236th, 23:35).

Portland placed ahead of regional rival Long Beach State, which placed 27th. The 49ers were ranked ninth in the western region according to the latest USTFCCCA coaches' poll. The Pilots have yet to be regionally ranked this season.

The Pilots now have two weeks to prepare for the West Coast Conference Championship, where the Pilots will be aiming to win their fifth consecutive conference title. Portland has won 13 of the past 15 WCC championships. The Pilots will then host the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 11 at Blue Lake Park in Gresham, Ore.