Nov. 7, 2007
The USF men's and women's cross country teams will head north to Eugene, OR this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Regionals. The meet is hosted by the University of Oregon on Saturday November 10 at Springfield Country Club. The men's 10,000m race is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the women's 6,000m race starting at 12:15 p.m.
The USF women are coming off the best finish in school history at the WCC Conference Championship with a score of 43 points where they placed a close second to the University of Portland. Following the Conference Championships, the women earned the highest NCAA Regional ranking in USF history when they were tabbed 12th in the West Region.
Leading the women will be senior Jennifer Hartford who set a school record at the Conference Championship with a time of 21:18 while placing fourth for the Dons. Hartford was the top regional finisher last year for the Dons when she finished 53rd with a time of 22:45. The Dons placed 16th in the team standings.
Hartford will be joined by fellow WCC First Team member Fallon Heffernan, a senior who was sixth at conference, along with WCC Honorable Mention honorees Michelle Born (10th) and seniors Lucy Miller (11th) and Zita Mezei (12th). Also running for the Dons will be freshman Nicole Bowler (27th) and sophomore Mary Verran (28th).
The Dons will be looking to set another school record by finishing ahead of the 2004 team that finished 15th in the regional race.
"Our women's team has done an outstanding job of packing together over the last month," said Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "Four of the top ten teams in the country are in the Western region and we are looking forward to testing our abilities in a very tough region. Our goal is to compete as a team and continue the momentum that we have established. Our best team performance is still ahead of us."
The men will be led by senior Conference Champion Cheyne Inman and junior Alex Nelson. Inman ended a 28 year individual winner streak held by the University of Portland when he broke the tape with a school record time of 25:20, shattering the old school record by 46 seconds. Nelson was the top finisher for the Dons at the Bronco Invitational where he finished 10th overall. Junior Jordan Zwick and freshmen, Byron Williams and Ravi Amarawansa will all make their first NCAA Regional appearance.
Inman was the top finisher for the men at last year's regional race when he finished 85th with a time of 32:47, leading the men's team to an 18th place finish in the toughest region in the nation.
For complete directions to Springfield Country Club please click on the link above. Full results will be posted at www.usfdons.com following the completion of both races.