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Cross Country to Compete in Conference Championships

Oct. 24, 2006

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This Week in Cross Country: The Saint Mary's cross country team will compete in the West Coast Conference Championships this weekend. The WCC Championships will be held from Crystal Springs in Belmont, CA. The men will begin their 8K race at 9:00 a.m. The women will begin their 6K race at 9:45 a.m.

Scouting the Competition: The Portland men's team enters the race with a rank of No. 11 in the nation. Portland has won the past 27 conference championships. The Portland women's team has won the past four conference championships.

Who is Hanley: Senior Sean Hanley will be competing in his final race in a Gael uniform this Saturday. In his tenure as a Gael, Hanley has competed and placed in every race for Saint Mary's. Hanley has been the front runner in 10 of his last 12 races, including every race this season. Hanley looks to be the Gaels front runner in one final race this weekend at the conference championships.

Gaels Seniors: Claudia Aguilera, Deanna Price and Clare Schwallie will all race in their final competitions this weekend. Aguilera is coming to the end of an impressive season. She has competed and placed in all five races for the Gaels, running a personal best time in several races. Deanna Price has competed and placed in every race for the past two seasons. Price is coming into the conference championships after running her personal best time in her previous race. Clare Schwallie joined the team last season and was the front runner in all the races she ran in her junior year. As a senior, Schwallie has competed and placed in every race for the Gaels. Saturday's competition will be the coup de grace for these Gael seniors.

A Look at SMC Head Coach Randy Rau: Randy Rau enters his eighth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach. In his first season at the helm he was named WCC Coach of the Year. Under his tutelage, runners have earned four All-WCC selections, a Freshman of the Year honoree and five honorable mention accolades. Individually, both the men and women's school records have been shattered. Members of his men's team have posted 29 of the 30 fastest times in the history of the program.