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WCC Cross Country Ready to Run at WCC Championships

Oct. 26, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The Portland Pilots men's team has won 32 consecutive WCC titles and is looking to defend its crownat the WCC Cross Country Championships on October 29 at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. The Pilots have been ranked in the USTFCCA poll throughout the season and sit at eighth in the most recent poll released on October 18.

BYU, the newest member of the West Coast Conference, will make its WCC debut at the Crystal Springs Courseon October 29. The Cougars men's team is ranked third in the most recent USTFCCCA national rankings on October 18.Senior Miles Batty was the 2010 Mountain West Conference individual champion with a time of 25:01:6 in the 8k race at theJacoby Golf Course in Laramie, Wyo. on October 29, 2010. San Francisco, the 2010 WCC runners-up, returns sophomoreJose Madera. Madera finished two seconds behind individual champion Craig Hopkins from Portland at last year's WCCChampionships.

On the women's side, the 2010 WCC Champion USF Dons have three top-three finishes in their first four races thisseason. Loyola Marymount has been led all year long by two-time WCC Champion Tara Erdmann, who finished third at boththe Stanford Invitational in September and the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind. on October 18.

BYU has been ranked in the national polls for most of the season and won both the Utah State and BYU Invitationalsin September. The Pilots women's team won the Pier Park Invitational in Portland, Ore. on September 4 and also finished second at the Bronco Invitational on October 15 in Sunnyvale, Calif.