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WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Notes

Nov. 8, 2006

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Men's Championship Recap
The University of Portland took its 28th straight team and individual titles at the WCC Championships on October 28. Sophomore Mike Quackenbush took first in a time of 25:19, followed closely by Brendan Robinson in third, Tommy Betterbed in fourth and Steven Ault in fifth. The Pilots combined to score 24 points for the team title. Gonzaga senior Joe Miller earned his fourth consecutive All-WCC selection with his second place finish nine seconds behind Quackenbush, leading the Bulldogs to fourth place in the team standings. USF earned its second No. 2 team finish in championships history thanks to Kenny Sparks and Cheyne Inman taking seventh and eighth place, respectively. The Dons score of 63 was their lowest ever. Santa Clara's Chris Gumbs helped the Broncos take third place with a sixth place, all-conference finish. Gumbs finished 18 places higher than his 2005 result, marking the greatest improvement in the field. LMU and Pepperdine finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the team results, while San Diego and Saint Mary's rounded out the field.

Men's Top 8K Times (Event)
1. John Moore, POR - 24:08.29 (Jim Drews Invite)
2. Chuck McKenzie, POR - 24:30.79 (Jim Drews Invite)
3. Michael Kilburg, POR - 24:41.72 (Jim Drews Invite)
4. Joe Miller, GON - 24:43 (Sundodger Invite)
5. Tommy Betterbed, POR - 24:47.75 (Willamette Invite)
6. Justin Houck, POR - 24:50.01 (Jim Drews Invite)
7. Ryan Courtwright, USF - 24:51.20 (Willamette Invite)
8. Matt Sheeks, POR - 24:53.59 (Jim Drews Invite)
9. Joe Miller, GON - 24:56 (Notre Dame Invite)
10. Colin Longmuir, POR - 24:58.85 (Jim Drews Invite)

Women's Championship Recap
land earned its fifth consecutive team title at the WCC Championships, for the fourth time in six years, a non-Portland runner took the individual title. LMU's Laura Mickelson finished over a minute ahead of Sifrash Ademe to earn the 2006 championship. Mickelson became just the third Lion to win the individual title and second in five years. Ademe, Bobeya Krishnek and Dan Morgan finished second, third and fourth to clinch the team title for the Pilots. USF took second place for the second straight year, thanks to fifth, seventh and 11th place finishes from Jennifer Hartford, Lucy Miller and Michelle Born. LMU took third, finishing just one point behind the Dons. Santa Clara's Lauren Swigart and Anne Murphy-Hagan led the Broncos to a fourth place finish, while Kyla Maher paced fifth-place Pepperdine in eighth as the most improved runner in the field, besting her 2005 performance by 29 spots. Saint Mary's earned its best finish since 2001 in sixth, while Gonzaga and San Diego closed out the bottom of the team results.

Women's Top 6K Times (Event)
1. Laura Mickelson, LMU - 20:22 (Stanford Invite)
2. Laura Mickelson, LMU - 21:16 (WCC Champs.)
3. Sifrash Ademe, POR - 21:27.0 (Pre-Nationals)
4. Dana Morgan, POR - 21:28.6 (Pre-Nationals)
5. Bobeya Krishnek, POR - 21:33 (Sundodger Invite)
6. Dana Morgan, POR - 21:35 (Sundodger Invite)
7. Sifrash Ademe, POR - 21:39.62 (Dellinger Invite)
8. Shannon Bell, SCU - 21:47 (Sundodger Invite)
9. Bobeya Krishnek, POR - 21:52.5 (Pre-Nationals)
10. Dana Morgan, POR - 21:55.24 (Dellinger Invite)

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men placed fourth, while the women finished seventh at the WCC Championships.

- Joe Miller was the Bulldogs' top men's finisher for the fourth straight year. Miller took second place, his best championships finish, and earned his fourth consecutive All-WCC honor. Miller held a lead over Quackenbush for most of the race.

- Nellie Ballou and Kara Rasmussen paced the Gonzaga women. Ballou finished 22nd in a time of 23:53 while Rasmussen took 32nd with a time of 24:23.

- This year's race marked the third time the men have finished fourth and the second seventh place finish for the women.

- Miller is Gonzaga's only returner from the 2005 NCAA West Regional where he placed 39th.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU women took third place, while the men placed fifth at the WCC Championships on October 28.

- Laura Mickelson earned the WCC individual title, finishing 1:18 ahead of the second-place runner. Mickelson's margin of victory is the largest in over 10 years.

- Nicholas Brennan and Jonathan MacNeill took home all-conference honors on the men's side. Brennan took ninth, while MacNeill finished 14th in helping LMU finish fifth.

- Kristen Gonzalez (sixth) and Abby Fall (ninth) joined Mickelson in the top 10, helping the Lions finish third, just one point behind second-place USF.

- At the 2005 NCAA West Regional, Mickelson was the women's top finisher in 30th. Sean Sisk is the top LMU returner for the men, after he finished 118th in 2005.

Pepperdine Waves
- Pepperdine took sixth on the men's side and finished fifth in the women's race at the WCC Championships.

- Kyla Maher led the way for the Wave women. The senior took eighth in a time of 23:13. Maher was the most improved runner in the women's field, after finishing 37th at the 2005 championships.

- With his 22nd place finish in 26:48, Sam Hudson was the Waves' top finisher on the men's side. Hudson improved on last year's finish by eight places.

- The fifth place finish was the women's best since they finished third in 2003 with 107 points.

- Maher finished 172nd, while Hudson placed 142nd at NCAA Regionals last year.

Portland Pilots
- Portland took its 28th consecutive men's and fifth straight women's titles at the WCC Championships on October 28.

- Mike Quackenbush used a late kick to pass Gonzaga's Joe Miller for the individual title. Brendan Robinson, WCC Freshman of the Year Tommy Betterbed and Steven Ault took third, fourth and fifth, respectively to help Portland secure the team title.

- Sifrash Ademe, Bobeya Krishnek and Dana Morgan finished just one second apart to take second, third and fourth, respectively. The three helped Portland win the most closely contested women's team title since 1996. Krishnek received freshman of the year honors for the women.

- The No. 9 ranked Pilot men finished tied for fourth at the 2005 West Regional, while the women took sixth at regionals last year.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's women recorded their highest finish since 2001 in sixth place, while the men finished eighth.

- Karrie Hagedorn was the Gaels' top finisher in 18th place. Hagedorn missed All-WCC honorable mention honors by just six seconds with her time of 23:37.

- David Stiles and Sean Hanley led Saint Mary's on the men's side, finishing 44th and 46th, respectively.

- Deanna Price's 39th place finish helped the Gaels to their sixth place finish. Price completed the 6K course in a time of 25:12.

- Hagedorn will represent the Gaels at the NCAA West Regional this weekend in Portland. Hagedorn is set to become the first Saint Mary's harrier to compete at regionals since 2002.

San Diego Toreros
- With two young squads, San Diego's women finished eighth, while the men took seventh.

- Freshman Mariana Monasi was the Toreros' top finisher in 25th place. Monasi recorded a 6K time of 23:57.

- The sophomore tandem of Erik Stoddard and Chris Jacobs led the men's side for USD. Stoddard finished 33rd, with Jacobs five places behind him in 38th.

- San Diego's men's squad featured just one senior in Chris Durst. Four sophomores represented the Toreros in the men's race.

- The women's side was just as young, entering three freshman and two sophomores, along with seniors Kristen Jackson and Christie Osborne.

San Francisco Dons
- The USF men repeated as runners-up, while the women beat LMU by just one point to finish second at the WCC championships.

- Kenny Sparks, Ryan Courtwright and Cheyne Inman recorded top 10 finishes to lead the way for USF. Sparks and Inman took seventh and eighth, respectively, while Courtwright followed just three seconds later in 10th.

- Jennifer Hartford took fifth and Lucy Miller placed seventh en route to USF's second runner-up finish in three years.

- Michelle Born's 11th place finish was a 23-spot improvement from 2005.

- Thanks to Renee Stribling (14th), Laurel Kleiber (15th), and Alex Nelson (15th), the Dons had at least four runners in each race finish in the top 15, earning all-conference honors.

Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men finished third, while the women took fourth place at the WCC Championships.

- The men took their fourth top-three finish in the past five years thanks to top-15 finishes by Chris Gumbs and Mike Hannon. Gumbs took sixth place, earning All-WCC honors.

- Lauren Swigart and freshman Anne Murphy-Hagan were the top women's runners for the Broncos. Swigart finished the 6K course in 23:20 for 12th place, while Murphy-Hagan came in just five seconds later in 13th.

- Gumbs' finish was 18 places higher than his 2005 championships result, marking the greatest improvement among runners on the men's side of the field.

- Five of SCU's 2006 WCC Championships runners participated in the 2005 West Regional.