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Kipchumba Sets Course Record As Pilots Claim 31st Consecutive WCC Title

Oct. 31, 2009

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BELMONT, Calif. - Portland sophomore All-American Alfred Kipchumba set a course record and led the Pilots to their 31st consecutive West Coast Conference Men's Cross Country championship on Saturday at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif.

The streak of 31 titles is the longest in the WCC for any sport and represents the longest active conference cross country championship streak in the nation.

Kipchumba finished with a time of 24:20 at the 8K course, 36 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Robbie Reid from Santa Clara. He beat the previous WCC 8K record of 24:53, set by former Pilot standout Joe Driscoll in 1999.

The Pilots posted a team score of 34 points and were trailed by Loyola Marymount (54), San Francisco (71) and Santa Clara (78). Gonzaga took fifth place with 123 points, followed by Pepperdine (187), Saint Mary's (191), and San Diego (192).

Portland's Lars Erik Malde was fifth with a time of 25:12 and took home WCC Freshman of the Year honors, while Pilots' Head Coach Rob Conner was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the sixth time.

WCC teams will next prepare for the NCAA West Regional, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore.

Individual Champion
Alfred Kipchumba, POR

WCC Coach of the Year
Rob Conner, POR

WCC Freshman of the Year
Lars Erik Malde, POR

2009 All-WCC First Team (Alphabetical order)
Jared Bassett, POR
Ganbileg Bor, USF
Chris Boyle, GON
Matt Frerker, POR
Alfred Kipchumba, POR
Sterling Lockert, LMU
Lars Erik Malde, POR
Brian McDonald, LMU
Robbie Reid, SCU
Chris Sampson, SCU

2009 All-WCC Honorable Mention (Alphabetical order)
Mark Blucher, SMC
Thomas Finnigan, LMU
Devin Hopkins, USF
Tyre Johnson, LMU
Daniel LaCava, LMU