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WCC Cross Country Notes

Oct. 24, 2007

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October 27

WCC Championships9:00 a.m.

Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-The Bulldogs got a final tune-up before the WCC Championships at the Eastern Washington Invitational, with both the men and women nabbing second place.

-Junior Colby Litzenberger finished first for the Zags, 12th overall, in the 8k with a time of 26:25.30.

-On the women's side, Molly Funk finished 18th in 20:13.3 over the 5K layout. Laura Volcheff came in 21st in 20:54.3 and Madeleine Gianotti took 24th with a time of 21:18.4.

-"Like I've said all year, this team is young but I think we are continuing to improve," offered head coach Ken Swaim after the meet. The Zags look to keep improving as they head down to the WCC Championships (10/27) where the women took 7th and the men nabbed 4th in last year's competition.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The Lion men finished third at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational while many of the women, who did not run a full team, captured season-best times. Both teams also gave excellent performances at the Bronco Invitational, with the men nabbing second place out of 17 teams.

-Laura Mickelson earned her third individual title of the season when she came in first at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational 5k with a time of 17:03. Freshman Tara Erdmann also posted a top-5 finish with her time of 17:38, the best-ever time posted by a freshman.

-Junior Trevor Wiseman led the Lion men in Santa Clara, finishing seventh overall with a time of 25:09.

-The Lions return to action at the WCC Championships with both teams looking replicate their top-5 success from last year, and Laura Mickelson hoping to repeat her championship.

Pepperdine Waves

-Several of the Pepperdine harriers participated in the Cal State Fullerton Tital Invitational while many others took the weekend off in preparation for the WCC Championships this upcoming weekend.

-Freshman Isaiah White finished first for the Waves, coming in 26th overall with a time of 27:36. Just seconds behind was Tom Verone, who finished 28th with a time of 27:44.

-Junior Marissa Kerby crossed the line first for the women in the 5k, with a time of 20:38.

-The men's and women's teams placed sixth and fifth in the 2006 WCC Championships, respectively. The Waves are rested and ready for action in this weekend's conference championships.

Portland Pilots

-The Pilots traveled to Terra Haute last weekend to compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals and proved that they are among the nation's best. The men placed 7th out of 38 while the women finished 18th out of 35 teams.

-David Kinsella crossed the finish line first for the Pilots, finishing ninth overall, with an impressive time of 23:33 in the 8k. Not far behind was John Moore, who finished 24th with a time of 23:52.

-Dana Morgan led the way for the women finishing with a time of 20:27, finishing 8th overall.

-The Pilots come to the WCC Championships with 28 consecutive men's championships, while the women have claimed ten of the last 11 championships.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Gaels wrapped up conference competition at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational last weekend as a final preparation for the WCC Championships.

-Karrie Hagedorn paced the women's team and finished the 5k with a time of 18:27. Tess Granneman wasn't far behind, coming in at an even 19:00.

-The men were led by Nick Shea and Mario Mendoza, finishing with times of 26:26 and 26:40, respectively.

-Saint Mary's enters the WCC Championships as the conference underdog, but with strong competitors on the squad this year, and look to move up in the WCC standings.

San Diego Toreros

-With many of the San Diego runners resting for the upcoming WCC Championships, only a few participated in the Cal Poly Invitational, and they gave a solid performance.

-Chris Jacobs continued to lead the Toreros and crossed the finish line first for San Diego, 14th overall, at the Cal Poly Invite 8k with a time of 27:17.

-Erica Eynon ran an impressive time of 20:05 which earned her a 34th place finish in the 5k. Close behind was fellow freshman Laura Wells who placed 38th with a time of 20:20.

-"This is a course that feels a lot like our conference course at Crystal Springs in Belmont," said head coach Will Guarino of the Cal Poly course. This competition gave the Toreros a great chance to prepare for the WCC Championships this weekend.

San Francisco Dons

-The Dons are coming off of a winning weekend at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational as they head into the WCC Championships this Saturday.

-The women's team took first place at the Bronco Invite with five runners finishing in the top 20 for a total score of 76.

-Junior Michelle Born led the women, coming in 9th overall, with a time of 17:43 in the 5k.

-Junior Alex Nelson and senior Cheyne Inman led the men's team to a ninth place finish with times of 25:07 (10th) and 25:15 (16th), respectively.

-After both teams placed second in the 2006 WCC Championships, the Dons are hoping to find the same success at this years championships held in Belmont, CA this Saturday.

Santa Clara Broncos

-Santa Clara hosted their own Bronco Invitational last weekend at Baylands Park with the women nabbing third and the men taking seventh.

-Adriane Puetz took fourth for the women, recording a personal best 17:30 in the 5k. She has yet to finish out of the top ten this year.

-Veronica Vazquez turned in her best performance this year, finishing second on the team and 20th overall with a personal best time of 17:56.

-Michael Delaurenti led the Bronco pack finishing second in the men's invitational with a time of 24:49 in the 8k, a full 55 seconds better than his time last year at the same event.

-Santa Clara earned third and fourth place finishes in last year's competition and are looking improve in 2007.