Oct. 27, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The San Francisco Dons placed five runners in the top 10 to capture their fourth straight West Coast Conference Women's Cross Country Championship with a solid performance on Saturday morning at Fernhill Park. The Dons had a team score of 26 points, while the Portland Pilots placed second with 52 points.
San Francisco's Eva Krchova out-kicked her USF teammate Elena Burkard and LMU's Sheree Shea to the finish line to claim the individual title. Krchova covered the 6k course in a time of 20:31.56, which was one second better than Burkhard and two seconds ahead of Shea.
"It feels good," said Krchova. "Before the race, it was raining and I was a little sick. But we won so I guess I felt good. The last 200 meters or so, I came into the final stretch and I had the last kick. With the mud, it was a challenge. It worked out today."
Behind Shea came BYU's Natalie Shields (20:35.02) in fourth place and San Francisco's Alice Baker (20:35.52) in fifth. Portland's Laura Hottenrott-Freitag (20:38.14) took sixth place, and was one of five Portland finishers in the top 15, allowing the Pilots to secure second place. BYU totaled 85 points to finish third.
The Dons had four runners in the top seven, with Laura Suur (20:42.70) placing seventh. Portland's Tansey Lystad (20:49.57) was eighth, Lindsey Drake (20:49.81) of Gonzaga was ninth and USF's Chloe Treleven (20:52.67) rounded out the top 10.
"It's incredible," said San Francisco head coach Helen Lehman-Winters, "Winning the conference championships is extremely important to us and this team. It's a really special moment for us. We were excited to come to the Pacific Northwest and be in the rain. We were fully prepared for this. Our goal was to get 5 women in the top 10 and have a good team performance."
The top 10 finishers collected All-WCC honors, with the 11th through 15th place finishers garnering All-WCC Honorable Mention. Burkhard is the conference's Freshman of the Year, and Lehman-Winters is the WCC Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
Official 2012 WCC Women's Cross Country Results
1. San Francisco 25
2. Portland 53
3. BYU 85
4. Gonzaga 105
5. Loyola Marymount 110
6. Santa Clara 187
7. San Diego 203
8. Saint Mary's 246
9. Pepperdine 269
Top Individual Finishers
1. Eva Krchova (San Francisco), 20:31.56; 2. Elena Burkard (San Francisco) 20:33.71; 3. Sheree Shea (Loyola Marymount) 20:34.63; 4. Natalie Shields (BYU), 20:35.02; 5. Alice Baker (San Francisco), 20:35.52; 6. Laura Hottenrott-Freitag (Portland), 20:38.14; 7. Laura Suur (San Francisco), 20:42.70; 8. Tansey Lystad (Portland), 20:49.57; 9. Lindsey Drake (Gonzaga), 20:49.81; 10. Chloe Treleven (San Francisco), 20:52.67; 11. Maor Tiyouri (San Francisco), 20:56.38; 12. Lyndy Davis (Portland), 21:05.03; 13. Gina Paletta (Portland), 21:06.81; 14. Natasha Verma (Portland), 21:09.86; 15. Lauren Bergam (Gonzaga), 21:10.00; 16. Callie Mulgannon (Loyola Marymount), 21:10.93; 17. Julia Lipson (San Diego), 21:11.08; 18. Rachel Stewart (BYU) 21:14.48; 19. Emily Thomas (Gonzaga), 21:15.26 ; 20. Lindsey Sowards-Nielson (BYU), 21:20.17
2012 Women's Cross Country All-West Coast Conference Team
Eva Krchova, San Francisco, Jr.
Elena Burkard, San Francisco, Fr.
Sheree Shea, LMU, Sr.
Natalie Shields, BYU, Fr.
Alice Baker, San Francisco, Sr
Laura Hottenrott-Freitag, Portland, Fr.
Laura Suur, San Francisco, Sr.
Tansey Lystad, Portland, So.
Lindsey Drake, Gonzaga, Sr.
Chloe Treleven, San Francisco, Sr.
Maor Tiyouri, San Francisco, Jr.
Lyndy Davis, Portland, Sr.
Gina Paletta , Portland, Sr.
Natasha Verma, Portland, Jr.
Lauren Bergam, Gonzaga, Jr.
WCC Player of the Year
Eva Krchova, San Francisco, Jr.
WCC Women's Coach of the Year
Helen Lehman-Winters, San Francisco
WCC Freshman of the Year
Elena Burkard, San Francisco