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WCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Notes

Nov. 17, 2006

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Men's Notes
Thanks to a third place finish at the NCAA West Regional, the University of Portland men earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship meet hosted by Indiana State University. This marks the eighth championship berth under Head Coach Rob Conner. John Moore was the Pilots' top finisher at the regional meet, taking ninth place in the men's 10K race. The Pilots had four top 30 finishers at the meet, including last year's WCC Champion Matt Sheeks. Moore leads Portland into the championship meet after winning the Jim Drews Invitational in October and placing third at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in September. Moore is looking to become the Pilots' first two-time All-American after finishing 30th at Nationals last season. The competition in Indiana will be fierce with defending champion No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Colorado and West Region champion and runner-up Oregon and Stanford, among the 31 teams competing. Portland won its 28th straight WCC Championship on October 28. The men's NCAA Championship race is scheduled to begin at 12:15 PM (CST) on Monday, November 20 in Terre Haute, IN.


Women's Notes
After finishing seventh at the NCAA West Regional in Portland on Novemeber 11, Loyola Marymount junior Laura Mickelson earned the conference's only women's NCAA Championship bid. The reigning WCC Champion finished the 6K course in a time of 22:19.59, her third fastest time this season. Mickelson dominated the WCC the entire season, recording four individual titles this season, including the conference championship. Mickelson also finished third at the Stanford Invitational behind two runners from then- No. 1 Stanford. Mickelson earned Athlete of the Month honors in both September and October. The El Segundo native earned the Student -Athlete Advisory Committee Athlete of the Month award for October as well. Mickelson led the Lions to a 14th place team finish, equaling their best team finish at the West Regional. Her bid to the NCAA Championship meet in Terre Haute, IN is the first in Loyola Marymount school history. The women's NCAA Championship race is set to begin at 11:00 AM (CST) on Monday, November 20 at Indiana State University.


WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Gonzaga sent WCC Championship runner-up Joe Miller to the NCAA West Regional in Portland on November 11.

- Miller took 51st place at the regional meet, finishing the 10K course in a time of 31:48.89. The senior finished 39th at last year's event and 61st as a sophomore in 2004.

- Miller is the only Bulldog to compete in the West Regional each of the last four years.

- Joe Miller was the Bulldogs' top men's finisher at the WCC Championships for the fourth straight year. Miller took second place, his best championships finish, and earned his fourth consecutive All-WCC honor.

- Nellie Ballou and Kara Rasmussen paced the Gonzaga women in the WCC Championship. Ballou finished 22nd in a time of 23:53 while Rasmussen took 32nd with a time of 24:23.


Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU women finished 14th, while the men took 22nd at the NCAA West Regional.

- Laura Mickelson earned the WCC's lone individual at-large bid into the NCAA Championship with her seventh place finish in the regional meet. Mickelson recorded a time of 21:19.59 and improved on last year's finish by 23 spots.

- The LMU men were led by Drew Haberkorn and Nicholas Brennan's 106th and 107th place finishes.

- Mickelson is the first Lion in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet. This year's 14th place finish equaled the program best set at the 2005 West Regional.

- The women's NCAA Championship race is set for 9:00 AM (PST) in Terre Haute, IN on Monday.


Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine women finished 27th at the NCAA West Regional on November 11 in Portland.

- Caitlin White was the Waves' top finisher at the regional meet, taking 108th with a time of 23:40.23.

- Pepperdine improved on a 28th place finish at last year's West Regional.

- Kyla Maher led the way for the Wave women at the WCC Championships. The senior took eighth in a time of 23:13. Maher was the most improved runner in the women's field, after finishing 37th at the 2005 championships.

- With his 22nd place finish in 26:48 in the WCC Championship, Sam Hudson was the Waves' top finisher on the men's side. Hudson improved on last year's finish by eight places.


Portland Pilots
- The UP men finished third while the women finished seventh at the NCAA West Regional.

- John Moore's ninth place finish led a group of four UP runners who finished in the top 30. Michael Kilburg, Matt Sheeks and Micah Rolfe followed Moore in 22nd, 24th and 28th place, respectively.

- Dana Morgan, Sifrash Ademe and Kristen Rohde were the Pilots' top three women's finishers. Morgan's time of 22:11.59 was good enough for 27th place.

- The No. 9 Portland men earned their eighth NCAA Championship berth under Head Coach Rob Conner. Last year, Moore paced Pilot runners in 30th at the National meet.

- At the 2005 National Championships, the UP men finished ninth.


Saint Mary's Gaels
- Saint Mary's had a runner participate in the NCAA West Regional for the first time since 2001.

- Karrie Hagedorn was the Gaels' only competitor at the NCAA Regional. Hagedorn finished 160th with a time of 24:54.07.

- Hagedorn was the Gaels' top finisher taking 18th place at the WCC Championship. Hagedorn missed All-WCC honorable mention honors by just six seconds with her time of 23:37.

- David Stiles and Sean Hanley led Saint Mary's on the men's side at WCC Championships, finishing 44th and 46th, respectively.

- Deanna Price's 39th place finish helped the Gaels to their sixth place WCC Championship finish. Price completed the 6K course in a time of 25:12.


San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's men took 25th, while the women finished 28th at the NCAA West Regional on November 11.

- Freshman Mariana Monasi paced the San Diego squad at the NCAA West Regional, finishing 134th.

- Sophomore Chris Jacobs' time of 33:15.21 led the Torero men. Jacobs finished 24 spots ahead of the next USD runner, Erik Stoddard.

- Monasi was also the Toreros' top finisher at the WCC Championships, taking 25th place. Monasi recorded a 6K time of 23:57 on the Crystal Springs Course.

- The tandem Stoddard and Jacobs led the men's side for USD at WCC Championships. Stoddard finished 33rd, with Jacobs five places behind him in 38th.


San Francisco Dons
- The USF women placed 16th, while the men took 18th place at the NCAA West Regional in Portland.

- Cheyne Inman led the men's side, finishing 85th in a field of 164 runners. Ryan Courtwright joined Inman as the last member of the top 100 finishers with a time of 33:13.03.

- Jennifer Hartford's time of 22:45.88 in the 6K race snagged her 53rd place to pace the Dons. The next closest USF finisher was junior Lucy Miller in 93rd.

- The USF women improved their team score by 85 points in 2006 after finishing in 20th with 528 points at last year's regional.

- Four men and five women from San Francisco finished the WCC Championships with all-conference recognition, including five total All-WCC first team finishers.


Santa Clara Broncos- The Santa Clara men and women both finished 20th at the NCAA West Regional on November 11.

- In her final race with Santa Clara, senior Shannon Bell was the Broncos' top finisher on the women's side in 85th, followed closely by freshman Anne Murphy-Hagan in 87th.

- Chris Gumbs paced the Santa Clara men with his 80th place finish in a time of 32:35.39 for the 10K course.

- Gumbs' improved 29 places and shaved 52 seconds off of his time from the 2005 West Regional.

- The Broncos graduate three seniors each from the men's and women's squads this season.