Nov. 10, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- All nine West Coast Conference men's cross country teams ran at the NCAA Regionals on Friday, November 9. BYU finished second at the NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championship at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. The Portland Pilots also placed second overall, but at the NCAA West Regionals at the Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Wash.
Junior Jared Ward led the way for BYU as he finished third in the 10K race with a time of 30:06.30. Ward won the WCC individual title two weeks ago at the Fernhill Park Course in Portland, Ore. With their second place finish, the Cougars earned a spot at the NCAA Nationals in Louisville, Ky. on November 17.
"We did exactly what we needed to," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We had two goals going into the regional race and that was to advance and to save some juice for next week, and we were able to do that."
Portland finished the day with 107 points to finish behind Stanford for the second straight year. Sophomore Scott Fauble paced the Pilots with a time of 29:53.93 to finish ninth overall. Teammate junior David Perry was right behind, crossing the finish line at 29:57.80 to place11th overall. The Pilots grabbed an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
"I'm proud of our guys," head coach Rob Conner said. "We ran controlled and smart. I knew it was going to be very close and we showed a lot of strength and endurance in the last six minutes of the race."
Gonzaga finished 13th with 401 total points. Redshirt-senior Chris Boyle was the Bulldogs' top finisher in 66th place with a time of 30:51 in the 10K. Loyola Marymount was led by junior Weston Strum, who crossed the finish line at 30:30 to finish 45th. The Lions finished 19th as a team. Pepperdine senior Jonathan Raehauser ran the 10K in 32:55 to lead the Waves.
Saint Mary's junior Rajpaul Pannu broke the Gaels' 10K record with a time of 30:11 to finish 19th and earn All-Region honors. Sophomore Nick Ellingson ran the course in 31:05, to finish in 76th place for the Gaels. San Diego senior John Cutter paced the Toreros with a time of 32:39. Teammate redshirt-junior Erik Anderson was right behind, crossing the finish line in 32:44 to finish 148th. San Francisco took 12th place overall, led by junior Jose Madera's 24th place individual finish. The junior broke the top 25 with a time of 30:15 in the 10K. Santa Clara placed 21st at the West Regional, with senior Kevin Oliver leading the Broncos with a top 85 finish.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships are set for November 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
-Courtesy of BYU and POR Athletics