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USF Cross Country To Compete In NCAA Regional Meet

Nov. 7, 2006

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(San Francisco, CA) - After both the men's and women's cross country teams finished second at the West Coast Conference Championships, USF is preparing for the 2006 NCAA West Region Meet, hosted by the University of Portland, at Blue Lake Park in Gresham, Oregon. The women's 6k race will begin at 11:00 AM and the men's 10k race will start at 12:15 PM.

The meet will feature the top collegiate cross country teams and individual runners in the West Region, including runners from Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The top two finishing teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Championship Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20. Teams not finishing in the top two can still qualify for the championship meet by receiving one of 13 at-large bids available to teams from all regions. The top four individual runners on teams not receiving a bid will also advance to the championship meet.

For the women's team, USF will send senior Renee Stribling, juniors Jennifer Hartford, Lucy Miller, Liz Noey and Katie Matl, sophomore Michelle Born, and freshmen Laurel Kleiber and Mary Verran to the starting line.

Head coach Helen Lehman-Winters commented on the women's team. "Our women have never been more ready to be competitive within the region. They are fit; healthy and highly motivated to prove themselves."

On the men's side, senior Jorge Martinez, juniors Cheyne Inman, Ryan Courtwright, Jacob Marx and Kenny Sparks, sophomore Alex Nelson, and freshman Micael Smith will compete.

"Our men are very focused on improving our status within the region. We have improved tremendously over last year and are excited to see how we stack up against the other teams within the region," Lehman-Winters said.

Check back to USFDons.com for full meet results on Saturday afternoon.