Oct. 26, 2009
|2009 WCC MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY|
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The 2009 WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be taking place on Saturday, October 31st at Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. All 16 WCC squads will compete at the long-awaited conference duel, in search of the conference crown.
Over the course of the 2009 season, various WCC squads have put up strong showings, proving they will be forces to be reckoned with at this year's event.
The WCC Champion Portland men, who have won the conference race 30 years in a row and were chosen to take first again in the WCC preseason coaches poll, have remined in the No. 8 spot in the USTFCCA national rankings all year. The Pilots finished fourth at the recent NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on October 17th, just behind top-ranked Stanford, Colorado, and BYU.
The Pilots are also ranked in the West region at No. 3, along with No. 15-ranked Loyola Marymount. On the women's side, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco have also risen into the West regional rankings with the Lions at No. 7 and the Dons at No. 12.
In addition to strong performances by ranked WCC teams, the reigning WCC Champion Portland women have also put up impressive team finishes this past weekend, which will likely garner the Pilots a USTFCCA ranking, taking second at the Mike Hodges Invite on October 16th and first place at the recent Beaver Classic on October 24th.
First place finishes were also captured by the Gonzaga men (West Coast Preview Meet - Sept. 11) and women (Erik Anderson Invite - Sept. 26) and the Pepperdine men and women (Cal State Bakersfield Invite - Sept. 26). The Loyola Marymount men also had a decent showing at the Stanford Invitational on September 26th, finishing seventh out of an 18-team field that featured top-ranked Stanford, California, and UC Davis.
Across the board, several runners have also made names for themselves, rising to the occasion early on in the season, including Saint Mary's Mark Blucher, Loyola Marymount's Sheree Shea, San Francisco's Eva Krchova, and WCC September Runners of the Month, Robbie Reid and Stephanie Wilson from Santa Clara.
Blucher captured the individual title at the Doc Adams Invitational hosted by UC Davis on October 3rd, recording the fourth fastest time in program history for the 8K race with a time of 25:13.4. Blucher has already two top-five times in Gael history this season.
On the women's side, Shea and Krchova are two freshmen that have impressed this fall. Shea debuted her collegiate career with a breakout race at the UC Riverside Invitational on September 19th, placing third overall and setting an LMU course record of 16:51 in the 5K race. Shea then followed that performance with a 21:06 at the Stanford Invite, the fastest 6K time for a freshman in program history.
Krchova, the fifth runner to cross the line at her home invitational on September 5th, helped USF to the team title over California, UC Davis, Sacramento State and WCC rival Santa Clara. Two weeks later, Krchova placed fourth overall at the Aztec Invitational, leading her team to a 2nd place finish and a spot in the regional rankings.
Reid set the school record at the Stanford Invitational, finishing 10th overall with a time of 24:30 in the 8K race. He then took home his first collegiate title at Santa Clara's Bronco Invitational on October 17th. Wilson was the top collegiate finisher on the women's side at the Bronco Invite. Earlier in the season, she set the school record for a 6K (20:57), finishing 10th at the Stanford Invite and becoming the first female in Bronco history to run a 6K under 21 minutes, and won the Hornet Jamboree on September 12th to win her first collegiate cross country meet.
With competition heating up, all WCC cross country teams will face off at this year's Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Belmont, Calif. For full coverage and results, make sure to log on to WCCsports.com.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC September Runners of the Month: Robbie Reid & Stephanie Wilson, SCU
Santa Clara swept the men's and women's awards with Robbie Reid and Stephanie Wilson earning the honors. Reid set the school record at Stanford Invite, finishing 10th. 24:30 (8K). He currently has the second fastest time of the month in the WCC for an 8K. Reid also had a 10th place finish at the Hornet Jamboree (20:14).
Wilson won the Sac State Invite on Sept. 12. She ran a 17:23 to win her first career college cross country meet. She then set the school record for a 6K (20:57), finishing 10th in the Stanford Invitational last Saturday. She is the first female in Bronco history to run a 6K under 21 minutes. At Stanford, eight of the top 15 teams in their region and Division II powerhouse Chico State, who is ranked in the top five nationally, were entered in the women's race.
Portland Tops 2009 Men's and Women's Preseason Polls
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team for the first time. Below is the list of players named to the 2009 WCC preseason all-conference team.
2009 Preseason Men's All-Conference Team
2009 Preseason Women's All-Conference Team
|WCC TEAM NOTES|