Nov. 12, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- All nine West Coast Conference men's cross country teams ran at the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, November 12. BYU won the NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championship at the East Bay Golf Course in Provo, Utah. The Portland Pilots placed second overall at the NCAA West Regionals at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
Senior Miles Batty led the way for BYU as he took the individual title in the 10K race with a time of 30:09:3. Batty won the WCC individual title two weeks ago at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. With the win, the Cougars earned a spot at the NCAA Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind. on November 21.
"Our number one goal was just to take it easy and run as a team, which we did," Batty said. "It was a good result and hopefully we can recover and get ready for nationals."
Portland finished the day with 53 points, just three behind Stanford. Senior Alfred Kipchumba paced the Pilots with a time of 28:57 to finish third overall. Teammate junior Trevor Dunbar was right behind, crossing the finish line at 28:58 to place fourth overall. The Pilots grabbed an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
"It was a fun team race," head coach Rob Conner said. "We got great efforts from our big four and from our true freshman fifth man, Woody Kincaid."
Gonzaga finished 18th with 510 total points. Junior Tate Kelly was the Bulldogs' top finisher in 84th place with a time of 31:08 in the 10K. Loyola Marymount was led by sophomore Weston Strum, who crossed the finish line at 30:35 to finish 53rd. The Lions finished 21st as a team. Pepperdine senior Kenny Smith ran the 10K in 31:45 to lead the Waves. Pepperdine finished 25th overall.
Saint Mary's sophomore Rajpaul Pannu broke the Gaels' 10K record with a time of 31:11 to finish 89th. Freshman Nick Ellingson ran the course in 32:52, breaking the previous freshman record for the Gaels. San Diego junior John Cutter paced the Toreros with a time of 32:55. Teammate freshman Johnathan Garcia was right behind, crossing the finish line in 33:11 to finish 153rd. San Francisco sophomore broke the top 30 in the 10K. Sophomore Jose Madera ran the course in 30:09, leading the way for the Dons. USF finished 15th with 425 points. Santa Clara placed 13th at the West Regional, the program's best-ever finish. Redshirt-senior Robbie Reid led the Broncos with a top 50 finish.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships are set for November 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
-Courtesy of BYU, GU, LMU, PEP, POR, SMC, USD, USF and SCU Athletics