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WCC Women's Cross Country Teams Compete at NCAA Regional Meets


Nov. 10, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- All nine West Coast Conference women's cross country teams ran at the NCAA Regionals on Friday, November 9. San Francisco placed fifth overall at the West Region Cross Country Championship at the Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Wash., while Loyola Marymount's Sheree Shea finished 11th individually to qualify for next week's NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky. BYU finished seventh overall at the Mountain Region at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo.

Four-time defending WCC champion San Francisco finished fifth as a team with a score of 151 at the West Regional in Seattle, Wash. Junior Eva Krchova led the Dons, taking 19th overall with a time of 20:10 in the 6K race.

Loyola Marymount senior Sheree Shea, the WCC's highest finisher at the West Regional, placed 11th with a time of 19:55, and qualified for the NCAA Nationals. The Lions garnered a 13th place team finish with four runners finishing in the top-100 individually.

WCC runner-up Portland finished eighth at the West Regional at Washington. Sophomore Tansey Lystad broke the top 30 with a time of 20:23. Meanwhile, junior Merel van Steenbergen turned in her best performance of the year, finishing 42nd in 20:47.

Redshirt-junior Emily Thomas finished 40th and redshirt-senior Lindsey Drake finished 49th to lead Gonzaga to a 14th place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Thomas covered the 6K layout in 20:45 while Drake was timed in 20:54. Santa Clara finished 21st overall with a team score of 595. Sophomore Mary Kreige led the way for the Broncos with a top 100 finish.

BYU placed seventh at the 2012 NCAA Mountain Regionals as freshman Natalie Shields led the squad with a time of 21:04.10. The Cougars tallied 210 points, with junior Lindsey Sowards-Nielson also earning a top-25 finish. Saint Mary's placed 27th overall at the West Regional with 673 team points. San Diego finished 24th with a total score of 739.

The NCAA Cross Country Championships are set for November 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.