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Portland Paces WCC Schools At NCAA West Regionals

Nov. 10, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's and women's cross country teams ran well at the NCAA West Regional hosted at Springfield Country Club, pacing all WCC schools in both races.

The Pilot men made a big statement with a second place overall finish, placing three runners in the top five. Loyola Marymount finished 16th in the men's race, followed by Santa Clara in 19th place and Pepperdine in 23rd place.

The Pilot women also enjoyed a strong showing, placing seventh overall. The San Francisco women finished 12th, followed by the LMU women in 15th place, Santa Clara in 22nd place, and Pepperdine in 27th.

Portland junior David Kinsella (29:45.70) placed second overall, while seniors John Moore (30:05.70) and Michael Kilburg (30:06.90) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to the lead Portland to an automatic NCAA Championships berth. Kinsella, who led a majority of the race, finished second behind Oregon's Galen Rupp (29:35.45) in the 10K event. Portland juniors Colin Longmuir (30:58.45) and Justin Houck (31:02.40) finished 32nd and 33rd to round out the team scoring.

"Our guys ran awesome," Portland head coach Rob Conner said. "When you have three top five finishers, it's tough not to do well. Longmuir and Houck really came through and did a nice job. We had them projected much lower than they performed and they brought us to a different level."

The Pilot men entered the meet ranked No. 20 in the nation and fourth in the West Region according to the latest USTFCCCA polls. The Pilots trailed Oregon, Stanford and California in the region. Oregon, the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, held on for the team title with 47 points, followed by the Pilots (76), Stanford (100), California (112) and Cal Poly (116).

"We had a big turnout of teammates, family and friends of the program here today and I think that gave us a big boost," Conner added.

The Pilots finished 18th at the 2006 NCAA Championships and hope to improve on that this season. The last time Portland placed as high as second in the West Regional was 2001, when the team went on for a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best in school history. The championship meet is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.

"Our confidence is sky high right now," Conner said. "We'll do great next week at nationals, I guarantee it."

Portland sophomore Dana Morgan placed ninth to lead the Pilot women to a seventh-place finish. With her effort, Morgan, the WCC Champion, has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship meet as an individual, while the Pilots will await a potential at-large bid.

Morgan posted a time of 20:41.40 at the 6K course to earn her third consecutive top 10 finish against elite competition. She has already secured her ticket to the championship meet by virtue of being one of the top four individuals not on an advancing team. Stanford (33) and Oregon (72) finished first and second, earning the region's automatic NCAA bids. Stanford's Teresa McWalters won the race with a time of 19:57.30, the only harrier to come in under 20 minutes.

Portland ran without No. 2 runner Amie Dahnke, who was bothered by a foot injury. Junior Sifrash Ademe (21:29.70, 42nd), freshman Paige Pattillo (21:41.50, 55th), junior Adrienne Nova (21:51.90, 69th) and senior Bobeya Krishnek (21:57.25, 75th) rounded out the Pilots' scoring.

2007 NCAA West Regional
Springfield Country Club (Springfield, Ore.)

Men's Team Results
1. Oregon (47)
2. Portland (76)
3. Stanford (100)
4. California (112)
5. Cal Poly (116)
6. Arizona State (141)
7. UCLA (142)
8. Washington State (220)
9. UC Santa Barbara (224)
10. Washington (233)
11. UC Davis (356)
12. UC Riverside (370)
13. Long Beach State (420)
14. Eastern Washington (476)
15. Sacramento State (498)
16. Loyola Marymount (507)
17. Boise State (508)
18. Idaho (523)
19. Santa Clara (526)
20. UC Irvine (529)
21. CS Fullerton (578)
22. Fresno State (616)
23. Pepperdine (704)
24. San Jose State (721)

Women's Team Results
1. Stanford (33)
2. Oregon (72)
3. Arizona State (106)
4. Washington (118)
5. UC Santa Barbara (143)
6. Washington State (249)
7. Portland (250)
8. UC Riverside (304)
9. California (328)
10. Long Beach State (334)
11. Arizona (352)
12. San Francisco (359)
13. Oregon State (375)
14. UC Irvine (382)
15. Loyola Marymount (387)
16. USC (391)
17. UC Davis (404)
18. Eastern Washington (485)
19. Idaho (506)
20. CS Fullerton (516)
21. Fresno State (538)
22. Santa Clara (588)
23. UCLA (597)
24. Cal Poly (621)
25. San Jose State (694)
26. UNLV (752)
27. Pepperdine (769)
28. Hawaii (801)
29. San Diego State (819)
30. Sacramento State (822)
31. Pacific (919)