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WCC Cross Country Notes

Oct. 27, 2008

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David Kinsella crossed the finish line first for the Pilots at the Bill Dellinger Invitational and was followed closely behind by teammate Alfred Kipchumba, whofinished second overall at the meet. No. 4 Portland finished second at the meet, that included four teams that were ranked in the top 25, including top ranked Oregon, who barely edged the Pilots, 49-56. Mario Mendoza led Saint Mary's at the Sundodger Invitational, setting a school record while running in wet and cold conditions. Colby Litzenberger leads the Zags with a time of 24:53, which he ran at the Sundodger Invitational, helping the Gaels to a seventh place finish. Santa Clara's Robbie Reid set a personal record by 45 seconds at the Bronco Invitational, finishing 12th overall, to lead the Broncos to a seventh place finish. The Lions, Waves, Pilots, and Broncos all compete this weekend in preparation for the WCC Championships.


Sifrash Ademe led the way for the Pilots at the extremely competitive Bill Dellinger meet, finishing 13th overall, helping Portland to a sixth place finish. Of the nine teams competing at the event, four were ranked among the nation's best. Loyola Marymount's Tara Erdmann ran her best 6K time of the year at the highly touted Stanford Invitational last month. Erdmann finished eighth overall leading the Lions to a 12th place finish out of 29 teams. San Francisco's Michelle Born ran a personal best at the Chili Pepper Invitational, finishing ninth overall helping the Dons finish ninth out of 39 teams. Chelsea Wishard has led the Waves all season as she has been their top finisher at every meet this year. Gaels' senior Karrie Hagedorn ran her best race of the season early on at the UC Davis open.

  • The Bulldogs got a final tune-up before the WCC Championships at the Eastern Washington Invitational, with the women taking down the host Eagles.

  • Sophomore Matt Bejar finished first for the Zags, 15th overall, in the 8k with a time of 26:29.50.

  • On the women's side, Laura Volcheff continued to be the Zags' best runner finishing first for the team, 11th overall, with teammate Molly Funk not far off, finishing 14th overall in the 5K race.

  • Gonzaga will took last week off in preparation for this week's West Coast Conference Championships, which will take place on Nov. 1st. The Zags finished 6th on the men's and women's side at last year's conference championships.
  • The Lions last competed at the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetvilles, Arkansas, against some of the best teams in the country, with the men finishing 10th, while the women finished 11th in the 29 team field.

  • Tara Erdmann had been leading the Lions all year and led the team in Arkansas, finishing 34th overall in 21:43, with teammate Brieanna Delaney not far behind, finishing in 22:11, for 57th place overall.

  • Freshman Phillip Benavides led the men's team with a time of 31:15, 61st overall, in the 10K race, which set a new school-record for a 10K. Also coming in under the record were Brian McDonald (31:47, 80th), Thomas Finnigan (32:09, 91st), and Trevor Wiseman (32:13, 96th).

  • "The strong performance by the team shows that everything is coming together just in time for championship season and gives them great confidence when they step up to the 10k distance again at regionals in 4 weeks." Coach Scott Guerrero said.
  • Pepperdine last competed at the Bronco Invitational, where the men placed ninth and the women finished eighth. The competition featured a total of four schools from the West Coast Conference.

  • Team captain and sophomore Conrad Wozniak led the Pepperdine men with an 8K time of 25:29, while grad student Cole Feldman was the Waves' #2 at 25:35.

  • Senior Chelsea Wishard and freshman Lauren Lodge were the Waves' top competitors on the women's side as each finished their 5K in 17:54.

  • "Most of our student-athletes hit p.r.'s today, and that was our whole purpose coming here to run on a flat and fast surface," Pepperdine head coach Robert Radnoti said. "Everything worked out well and we should be able to run faster at Crystal Springs in two weeks."
  • The Pilot men last competed at the Mike Hodges Invitational, where they ran the "B" team, finishing fourth overall, led by Robert Cosby. The women also competed at the Mike Hodges and came in second overall, led by Sifrash Ademe, who took sixth overall.

  • The Portland men have moved up to a No. 4 national ranking and nearly took down top ranked Oregon at the Bill Dellinger meet. Senior All-American David Kinsella and teammate Alfred Kipchumba finished 1-2 overall, barely losing the team title 49-56.

  • The Pilots will be in action this weekend at the Beaver Classic in Corvallis, Oregon in a final tune-up for the WCC Championships next weekend.

  • The Pilots come to the WCC Championships with 29 consecutive men's championships, while the women have claimed 11 of the last 12 championships.
  • 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 18:08 (25th overall), which was the 10th fastest 5K time in Gaels history. Her time was also a personal best by a full 19 seconds at that distance.

  • The men were led by Mario Mendoza, finishing in 25:35, 26th overall. Teammate Nick Shea was close behind, finishing in 25:51, 37th overall.

  • Saint Mary's was picked last in this year's coach's preseason poll, but feature one of the top runners in the conference on both the men's and women's side in Mendoza, who has the conference's fourth fastest 8K, while Haggedorn has the seventh fastest 6K.
  • The Toreros' men's and women's teams competed at the VS Athletics/Cal Poly Invitational in their fianl tune up for the WCC Championships.

  • The men's team ran well, finishing second overall, and were led by Chris Jacobs who set a USD record for the course, finishing in 27:04, good for third place overall. The men had three runners finish in the top 10.

  • The women finished third overall, led by a strong performance from Liz Ramos, who placed fifth overall with a time of 18:30. The women had two top 10 finishers as well as 18 in the top 50.

  • "The team ran really well in their last tune up before the West Coast Conference championship," commented head coach Will Guarino. "They didn't have as many opponents as other races, but they ran really competitively."
  • The Dons ran a split squad last weekend, with the "A" squad competing at the Chili Pepper Invitational, and the "B" team running at the Bronco Invitational.

  • Michelle Born led the way for the women's "A" squad, finishing with a personal best time of 21:25, good for 23rd overall, en route to leading the team to a ninth place finish among the field of 39 teams.

  • Also finishing with a personal best time was Ganbileg Bor, who led the men's "A" team, finishing in 31:04, which set a new school-record for the Dons at the 10K distance.

  • After both teams placed third in the 2007 WCC Championships, the Dons are hoping to find the further success at this years championships held in Belmont, CA this Saturday.
  • Santa Clara hosted their own Bronco Invitational last weekend at Baylands Park with the women nabbing second and the men taking seventh.

  • Veronica Vasquez was the top finisher for the women, coming in at 17:43, for a ninth place finish overall. Not far behind was Stephanie Wilson, who finished in 17:58, for 19th place.

  • The men were led by Robbie Reid, who finished in 25:03, for a 12th place finish. His time was a personal best by 45 seconds and put him on the conference's top times list.

  • "We are very excited about finishing as the runner-up in an invitational like this with so many quality teams. This is a good stepping-stone to the West Coast Conference Championships in two weeks for the women's team," said Santa Clara head coach Tom Service.

  • The men and women look to improve upon their fourth place finish at last year's WCC Championships.