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Portland Sweeps 2008 WCC Cross Country Championships

Nov. 1, 2008

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BELMONT, Calif. - The University of Portland swept the 2008 WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on a soggy day at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California.

On the men's side, the Pilots extended one of the most impressive streaks in Division I athletics, capturing their 30th consecutive league title. The 30 consecutive conference titles trails only the University of Arkansas, which has claimed 34 straight league crowns (17 SWC and 17 SEC titles). Portland's 30 consecutive cross country titles in one league marks the longest streak in the nation.

Loyola Marymount finished as runner-up in both races, making this year's championships the closet in recent memory. On the men's side, only 10 points separated the Pilots and the Lions, making it the closet finish in league history, while the women's race was the slimmest margin of victory since 1991.

In the men's race, San Francisco finished third, followed by Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and San Diego. Portland senior All-American David Kinsella captured the WCC title with a time of 25:11, marking the fifth fastest time in conference history. Also earning top 10 times for the Pilots were senior Colin Longmuir (3) and freshman Colin Harris (8). San Francisco freshman Ganbileg Bor finished second with a time of 26:01 to earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors. For guiding the Lions to a second place finish, LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero was selected as the Coach of the Year.

On the women's side, Santa Clara placed third, followed by San Francisco, San Diego, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, and Saint Mary's. Sophomore Tara Erdmann became the second LMU harrier in the past three years to win the WCC title when she crossed the finish line with a time of 21:54. Dana Morgan, last year's champion placed second to pace the Pilots. Also earning top 10 finishes for the Pilots were junior Natalie Hemphill (5) and senior Sifrash Ademe (6). LMU's Brieanna Delaney was the top freshman finisher, placing eighth to earn Freshman of the Year honors. Portland Head Coach Ian Solof was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Champion - David Kinsella, POR
Freshman of the Year - Ganbileg Bor, USF
Coach of the Year - Scott Guerrero, LMU

2008 Men's All-Conference First Team
Phillip Benavides, LMU
Ganbileg Bor, USF
Colin Harris, POR
Chris Jacobs, USD
David Kinsella, POR
Colin Longmuir, POR
Brian McDonald, LMU
Mario Mendoza, SMC
Robert Reid, SCU
Trevor Wiseman, LMU

Honorable Mention
Robert Cosby, POR
Andy Edick, POR
Alex Harkins, SCU
Colby Litzenberger, GON
Connor Pastoor, LMU

Champion - Tara Erdmann, LMU
Freshman of the Year - Brieanna Delaney, LMU
Coach of the Year - Ian Solof, POR

Women's All-Conference First Team
Sifrash Ademe, POR
Michelle Born, USF
Brieanna Delaney, LMU
Tara Erdmann, LMU
Abby Fall, LMU
Natalie Hemphill, POR
Dana Morgan, POR
Veronica Vasquez, SCU
Stephanie Wilson, SCU
Chelsea Wishard, PEP

Honorable Mention
Stephanie Felix, LMU
Karrie Hagedorn, SMC
Laurel Kleiber, USF
Adrienne Nova, POR
Liz Ramos, USD