Nov. 15, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. and OGDEN, Utah-- Fifteen West Coast Conference cross country teams competed in NCAA Regional action on Friday with Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara competing in the West Regional and BYU competing in the Mountain Regional. Pacific and Saint Mary's each entered individuals into the West Regional.
With only the top two teams out of each region earning an automatic bid into the NCAA National Championship field, several WCC teams and individuals will hope to hear their names called during tomorrow's NCAA at-large announcement.
The Portland men continued their strong season with a 3rd place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, Calif. Scott Fauble, who finished a WCC-best of 4th place individually, led the Pilots. Gonzaga was the next best WCC team, coming in 11th overall, a program record. The Bulldogs' Willie Milam posted a career best finish in placing 31st. Rounding out the WCC included Loyola Marymount (15th), San Francisco (16th), Santa Clara (21st), and Pepperdine (27th). Other top finishers included the Dons' Eric Causey (11th) and Lions' Weston Strum (32nd). Additionally, Portland counted David Perry (15th), Charlie McDonald (16th), and Danny Martinez (22nd) in their top-four finishers.
In the women's race, five-time defending WCC Champion San Francisco took 4th place overall at the West Regional, led by a trio of individual finishers in the top-25, including WCC Individual Champion Bridget Dahlberg (21st), Kate Jamboretz (22nd) and Elena Burkard (24th). Portland was close behind, finishing in 9th place overall as Tansey Lystad garnered an 18th place individual finish. Other WCC teams included Loyola Marymount (11th), Gonzaga (17th), Santa Clara (24th), Pepperdine (27th), and San Diego (28th). Additionally, for the second straight year, Sheree Shea (13th) of Loyola Marymount was the Conference's top individual finisher.
The only WCC representative to take part in the NCAA Mountain Regional, the BYU men's and women's teams finished in fourth and third places, respectively. The Cougar men were led by Jared Ward's fourth place individual finish, while Tylor Thatcher (18th) and WCC Individual Champion Jason Witt (19th) also had strong performances. The BYU women's team also registered a strong showing, with Andrea Harrison finishing in 9th overall, and Lindsey Nielson (16th), Natalie Shields (22nd) and Sarah Yingling (25th) earning top-25 individual finishes.