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WCC Cross Country Notes

Nov. 9, 2007

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WCC Cross Country Runners of the Month

Cheyne Inman, University of San Francisco
Cheyne Inman of San Francisco ran the best race of his career at the WCC Cross Country Championships, claiming the WCC Individual crown. This feat not only marks Inman's personal best, but also the first time in 29 years that a non-Portland runner earned the title. Inman, a four-year letter-winner for the Dons, finished the Crystal Springs Course 8K with a time of 25:20, a new USF school record.

Dana Morgan, University of Portland
Dana Morgan of Portland claimed the 2007 Women's WCC Cross Country Individual title with a time of 20:32 at the Crystal Springs Course 6k, 2:03 faster than her time at last year's event. Morgan led Portland to their sixth straight WCC title, and its 11th in the last 12 years. The sophomore also posted a personal best time of 20:27 at the NCAA Pre-National White Race 6k.

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-The Gonzaga men finished seventh at the WCC Championships with 176 points, while the women earned a sixth place finish with 192 points.

-Colby Litzenberger took 20th for the Bulldog men in 26:20 over the 8K course, while Brett Withers wasn't far behind, coming in 26th with a time of 26:36. The duo were the only Bulldog returnees to the championship from last season.

-Molly Funk paced the Bulldog women, finishing 30th in 23:44 over the 6K layout. Laura Volcheff was 34th in 23:54 and Madeleine Gianotti, the only Bulldog woman who competed last year in the championship, was 41st in 24:45.

-The Zags are a young team and will look to build upon their program with many of their top runners to return to competition next season.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The Lion men finished second at the WCC Championships, tying their highest finish in 1981, with 59 points. The women nabbed a third place finish with 68 points.

-Last year's champion, Laura Mickelson, fnished second overall with a time of 20:56. Freshman Tara Erdmann placed fifth overall 21:26, to earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors.

-Junior Trevor Wiseman set an LMU WCC Championship record with an 8k time of 25:30 to capture fifth place overall and lead the Lions to the finish. Junior Lino Almeida finished second for the Lions, eighth overall, in 25:36.

-Head coach Scott Guerrero earned co-WCC Coach of the Year honors on the men's side, sharing the accolade with Portland's Rob Conner.

-After finding great success at the WCC Championships, the Lions are set to compete at Regionals.

Pepperdine Waves

-Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams earned a fifth place finish at the WCC Championships in Belmont, California.

-Chris Ogle, a senior in his first year with the Waves, ran the 8k Crystal Springs course in 25:39. He led the Pepperdine men to a fifth-place finish, up one spot from their sixth place finish in 2006.

-Juniors Brie Carroll and Courtney Young finished the 6k race one second apart, 22:39 and 22:40, for 21st and 22 place, respectively. With this time, Young and Carroll were the only two Pepperdine runners to break the 22-minute mark.

-Coach Robert Radnoti said. "He [Ogle] was in the top group for much of the race in some very good competition. He broke his PR for the season by 39 seconds."

-The Waves head to Springfield, Oregon to compete in the NCAA West Regionals (11/10).

Portland Pilots

-The Pilot men's team claimed their 29th consecutive WCC Team Championship, while the women earned their 11th team title in the last 12 years.

-Zuber Ahmed finished second overall with a time of 25:25 to lead the men. Mike Quackenbush, the defending WCC champion, placed fourth (25:28) and sophomore Tommy Betterbed finished sixth (25:31).

-Dana Morgan claimed the individual title with a time of 20:32 to lead the Pilots to their sixth consecutive team championship.

-The Pilots will now focus on the upcoming NCAA West Regional, hosted by the University of Oregon at Springfield Country Club on Nov. 10.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Gaels men's and women's team finished sixth and eighth at the WCC Championships, respectively.

-Mario Mendoza finished first for the Gaels, 12th overall, with a time of 25:44. Mendoza's time is not only his personal best by 56 seconds, but also set a new record for the Gaels at the Crystal Springs Course.

-Karrie Hagedorn finished first for the women and also set a new pesonal record with a time of 22:42.

-Saint Mary's harriers Mendoza and Hagedorn along with Nick Shea and Tess Grannemann are ready to compete at the NCAA West Regionals this weekend.

San Diego Toreros

-The Torero women nabbed seventh in the WCC Championships while the men finished in eighth place.

-The Toreros finished in 8th place tallying 193 points while the women posted a 7th place finish with 204 points.

-Junior Chris Jacobs recorded a team high 9th place overall finish, the only Torero to finish in the top 10 with a time of 25:39, and earned All-WCC honors for his feat. Freshman Kevin O'Malley finished 2nd for the Toreros, 38th overall with a time of 27:20.

-Freshman Erica Enyon finished first for the USD women and 32nd overall for USD with a time of 23.48. Right behind her was teammate Laura Wells in 36th place overall in a time of 24:09.

San Francisco Dons

-The Dons are celebrating a victorious campaign at the WCC Championships with the women earning second place, the highest finish in school history, and claiming the men's individual title.

-Cheyne Inman set a personal record over the Crystal Springs Course 8k with a time of 25:20 to claim the individual title. Inman's feat marks the first time in 29 years a non-Portland runner has nabbed the crown.

-The women's team had five runners finish in the top 12, led by Jennifer Hartford who placed fourth overall with a time of 21:18. Finishing close behind were Fallon Heffernan (sixth, 21:29), Michelle Born (10th, 21:52), Lucy Miller (11th, 21:54) and Zita Mezei (12th, 21:55).

-Both the men's and women's teams are set to compete at the NCAA West Regionals in Springfield, Oregon this upcoming Saturday.

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's team earned an impressive third place finish, while the women nabbed fourth at the WCC Championships in Belmont, Calif.

-Senior Michael Delaurenti ran his best race ever at Crystal Springs with an 8k time of 25:27 to finish third overall. Freshman Chris Sampson and sophomore Alex Harkins both earned All-WCC Honorable mention for their 14th and 15th finishes place respectively.

-For the women, freshman Melissa Conlin was the top finisher for the Broncos, running a time of 21:48 in the 6k for 8th place. Veronica Vazquez, Danielle Miller, and Annie Murphy-Hagan did a great job of running in a pack, finishing 16th, 17th, and 18th respectively.

-The Bronco men and women will now travel to the NCAA West Regionals (11/10).