Oct. 29, 2011
BELMONT, Calif. --The University of San Francisco placed four runners in the top seven as the Dons won their third consecutive West Coast Conference women's cross country championship on a cool, sunny morning at Crystal Springs Course. Individually, Loyola Marymount redshirt senior Tara Erdmann continued her assault on the course record books, shattering her previous WCC 6K record time en route to her third individual first place finish.
The Dons' top five finishers all placed in the top 12 overall as San Francisco finished with a team score of 32. West Coast Conference newcomer BYU finished second with 52 points, and Loyola Marymount was third with 105.
"This feels awesome, really incredible," said San Francisco head coach Helen Lehman-Winters after her squad's victory. "The first [USF championship, in 2009] was special, last year was special, but this one is the sweetest of all three."
Once again, Erdmann ran away from the pack, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of any other runner. In the process, she broke her own course record (20:21, set in 2010) with a time of 20:01. Erdmann - who redshirted the 2009 season - won the 2008 race and the 2010 race, becoming the first runner in West Coast Conference history to win three times.
"It feels great," Erdmann said after the race. "My coach [Scott Guerrero] and I were talking on the bus and he told me...that no one had won this race three times. I had the opportunity here this morning, and I wanted to do that."
Four of the next 11 runners to cross the finish line came from USF, led by junior Laura Suur finishing second at 20:23. BYU seniors Morgan Haws (20:38) and Katy Andrews (20:51), along with San Francisco junior Sophie Curl (20:54) rounded out the top five. San Francisco's Chloe Treleven and sophomore Maor Tiyouri each posted a time of 21:06. Portland's Marit Tegelaar was eighth at 21:12, Gonzaga's Emily Thomas posted a ninth place finish (21:15), and Merel van Steenberg of Portland was tenth (21:15). The top 10 finishers collected All-WCC honors, with the 11th through 15th place finishers garnering All-WCC Honorable Mention.
BYU's Sarah Darby is the conference's Freshman of the Year, and USF's Helen Lehman-Winters is the WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time.
2011 West Coast Conference Women's Cross Country Championship (6K)
Crystal Springs Course
1.San Francisco 32
4.Loyola Marymount 105
6.San Diego 165
7.Santa Clara 178
9.Saint Mary's 246
Top Individual Finishers
1. Tara Erdmann (Loyola Marymount), 20:01*; 2. Laura Suur (San Francisco), 20:23; 3. Morgan Haws (BYU), 20:38; 4. Katy Andrews (BYU), 20:51; 5. Sophie Curl (San Francisco), 20:54; 6. Chloe Treleven (San Francisco) 21:06; 7. Maor Tiyouri (San Francisco), 21:06; 8. Marit Tegelaar (Portland), 21:12; 9. Emily Thomas (Gonzaga), 21:15; 10. Merel van Steenberg (Portland), 21:15; 11. Kellie Houser (Portland), 21:20; 12. Alice Baker (San Francisco), 21:32; 13. Brieanna Delaney (Loyola Marymount), 21:36; 14. Stephanie Jensen-Bills (BYU), 21:39; 15. Candace Eddy (BYU), 21:42; 16. Michaelann Laurent (BYU), 21:49; 17. Sarah Darby (BYU), 21:56; 18. Rachel Lange-Schmutz (BYU), 21:56; 19. Lauren Lodge (Pepperdine), 21:57; 20. Kendy Christensen (BYU), 22:00.
*New course record
2011 Women's Cross Country All-West Coast Conference Team
Katy Andrews, BYU, Sr.
Sophie Curl, San Francisco, Jr.
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount, Sr.
Morgan Haws, BYU, Sr.
Laura Suur, San Francisco, Jr.
Merit Tegelaar, Portland, Jr.
Emily Thomas, Gonzaga, So.
Maor Tiyouri, San Francisco, So.
Chloe Treleven, San Francisco, Jr.
Merel van Steenberg, Portland, So.
Alice Baker, San Francisco, Jr.
Brieanna Delaney, Loyola Marymount, Sr.
Candace Eddy, BYU, So.
Kellie Houser, Portland, So.
Stephanie Jensen-Bills, BYU, Jr.
WCC Individual Champion
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount, Sr.
WCC Women's Coach of the Year
WCC Freshman of the Year
Sarah Darby, BYU
Photography: Kyle Terada