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WCC Cross Country Notes

Nov. 18, 2010

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All eight WCC schools ran at NCAA West Regionals last weekend in Springfield, OR
The West Coast Conference was represented by all eight institutions at the NCAA West Regionals in Springfield, OR last Saturday in a field that included some of the nation's best. The #19 Portland men finished 4th in the 10k race on Saturday at the Springfield Country Club. Loyola Marymount redshirt junior Tara Erdmann finished fourth overall in 20:11.96 at the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, which automatically qualified her to race individually at the 2010 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships on Monday, November 22nd.

2010 WCC Preseason All-Conference Teams
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team. Below is the list of players named to the 2010 WCC preseason all-conference team.

2010 Preseason Men's All-Conference Team
Alfred Kipchumba, Portland
Chris Boyle, Gonzaga University
Chris Sampson, Santa Clara University
Ganbileg Bor, University of San Francisco
Jared Bassett, University of Portland
Lars Erik Malde, University of Portland
Matthew Frerker, University of Portland
Robbie Reid, Santa Clara University
Sterling Lockert, Loyola Marymount University
Trevor Dunbar, University of Portland

2010 Preseason Women's All-Conference Team
Chelsea Wishard, Pepperdine University
Eva Krchova, University of Portland
Heather Zytkewicz, University of San Francisco
Hillary Kigar, University of San Francisco
Lyndy Davis, University of Portland
Mary Reynolds, Santa Clara University
Nicole Bowler, University of San Francisco
Sheree Shea, Loyola Marymount University
Stephanie Wilson, Santa Clara University
Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount University


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • Junior Chris Boyle represented Gonzaga at the NCAA Cross Country West Regionals in Springfield, OR on Saturday. After finishing 101st last year, Boyle finished 27th last weekend in 30:41.12.

  • The 27th-place finish by Boyle was also the best NCAA West Regional finish by a Bulldog, besting Joe Miller's 39th-place finish in the 2005 race hosted by Stanford University.

  • Boyle earned his second straight All-WCC honor on Saturday, October 30th, finishing fourth in the WCC Championships at Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, CA.

  • The Bulldog men replicated their fifth-place finish of a year ago and the Bulldog women improved one spot to fifth in Belmont three weeks ago. Senior Laura Volcheff was the top runner for the women, finishing 20th in 21:58 for her first career sub-22 minute 6K.

  • After capturing the individual crown at the WCC Cross Country Championships two weeks ago, redshirt junior Tara Erdmann finished fourth overall in 20:11.96 at the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, which automatically qualified her to race individually at the 2010 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships.

  • Teammate sophomore Sheree Shea was close behind in 20:30.74, good for 14th overall at the Springfield Country Club.

  • Both Erdmann and Shea were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as All-Region runners on Monday, November 15th.

  • Erdmann will represent the Lions on Monday, November 22nd in Terra Haute, IN. at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships.

  • Senior Chelsea Wishard placed 22nd with a personal best 6K time of 20:39 at the NCAA West Regionals in Springfield, OR on Saturday, which earned her a place on the All-NCAA West Regional Team. Wishard was also recognized by the USTFCCCA as an All-Region runner last Monday.

  • Junior Lauren Lodge was the Waves' second fastest finisher, completing the course with a time of 20:57, good for a 34th place finish.

  • Wishard and Lodge placed second and fifth, respectively, at the WCC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 30th.

  • Pepperdine's men's team placed eighth with 226 points with senior Seth Allison leading the Waves to the finish line for the fifth time in six races at the WCC Cross Country Championships. Allison completed the 8K course in 27:28.

  • The Portland men finished 4th at the NCAA West Regional 10k meet on Saturday at the Springfield Country Club. Sophomore Trevor Dunbar finished first overall to earn NCAA West Regional individual champion honors.

  • After all seven Pilot runners finished in the top 100 overall, the Portland men were selected as an at-large team to run in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Terra Haute, IN.

  • Sophomore Lars Erik Malde joined Dunbar in the top 15, placing 12th overall. Both Malde and Dunbar were honored as All-Region runners as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association., and Dunbar was also honored with West Region Athlete of the Year award.

  • The Portland women finished 9th at the NCAA West Regional 6k meet on Saturday. Redshirt senior Dana Morgan was the top Pilot individual finisher as she ran a 21:06.32, good for 40th place.

  • The Saint Mary's men and women both competed at the NCAA West Regionals last Saturday. The men's team finished 25th with an average team time of 34:42.44 in the 10K race, while the women placed 29th with an average time of 23:04.83 in the 6K race at the Springfield Country Club.

  • Leading the way for the men was junior Rob Van Wyck, who placed 107th with a time of 31:54.75, which was a school record for the 10k. In second for the men was junior James Hayes, who clocked in at 34:22.75.

  • Sophomore Rosie Smith led the way for the Gaels, cracking the top-100, placing 99th overall with a time of 21:53.79. Right behind Smith was sophomore Maria Ahlqvist, who placed 183rd with a time of 23:05.89, a new personal best.

  • Overall, nine out of the 13 runners for the Gaels broke their personal bests in Springfield, OR last Saturday. and the women's average time of 23:04.83 broke a school record.

  • Sophomore Chris Flaherty turned in the 2nd fastest 10k time in San Diego history to place 82nd overall at the NCAA West Regionals in Springfield, OR last Saturday. His time of 31:31.00 was a sophomore-10k record for the Toreros.

  • Kristy Koenes also set a sophomore record, running the 6k in 21:46.00, which was also the third fastest 6k time in school history.

  • The men placed 24th overall while the women finished 25th at the NCAA West Regionals.

  • Two weeks ago at the WCC Cross Country Championships in Belmont, CA, the men finished in sixth place with 146 points while the women took 13th place. Flaherty paced the men with an 8th place finish overall in 25:28 and earned a spot on the 2010 West Coast Conference Men's Cross Country All-Conference Team.

  • The San Francisco men and women raced at the NCAA West Regionals last Saturday and they both ran to the best finishes in program history; the women took seventh overall and the men finished 13th.

  • Freshman Jana Stolting ran a strong race for the Dons finishing 15th in 20:31.41, which set a new 6k school record. Crossing the line second for USF was sophomore Eva Krchova in 20:41.56 for a 24th place finish.

  • Both Krchova and Stolting were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as All-Region runners on Monday, November 15th.

  • Junior Steven Garboden led the USF men with a 41st place finish in 30:58.31, which was the second best finish from a USF male runner in regionals. Junior Ganbileg Bor was second for the Dons in 31.19.92 with freshman Jose Madera crossing the line in 31:30.

  • The Santa Clara men's cross country team finished 21st and the women 22nd at the NCAA West Regionals last Saturday.

  • The men's team, who scored 586 points to finish 21st, was led by sophomore Kevin Oliver who finished 88th at 31:38.01. Freshman Luca Signore was 112th at 32:02.45 and junior Austin Jones was 113th in 32:03.10.

  • Senior Stephanie Wilson finished 73rd overall for the women in 21:33.00. She was followed by teammate sophomore Erin McCarthy, who finished 91st at 21:51.65. Freshman Erin Hicks finished 143rd at 22:27.69 and junior Nicole Giove was 147th at 22:30.47.

  • Two weeks ago, the Broncos women finished third at the Doc Adams Invitational with 68 points at UC Davis. Meghan McNamara finished in fourth place for the Broncos at 22:19.