SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference had an impressive performance this past Saturday at the NCAA cross country championship which took place in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Conference had three top ten teams and six All-Americans for what was a banner year for the conference.
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The men’s team finished with a tenth place finish at the championship. Coming into the event, the cougars were ranked fourth in the nation and came out very pleased with their finish. Both Nicolas Montanez and Rory Linkletter earned All-American honors by finishing in 9th and 32nd overall respectively. The women’s team had an equally impressive showing earning tenth place as well. Coming into the race, the 28th ranked team exceeded expectations with the top ten finish. Erica Birk led the Cougars by finishing in 34th place and earning All-American honors.
In their first ever team appearance at the NCAA championship, the women’s team came away with a 22nd place finish. Lauren LaRocco, the WCC individual champion, earned All-American honors with a 29th place showing. On the men’s side, they finished their season on a high note by finishing in 13th place.
It was a historical championship for the Dons as the women’s team finished in 6th place, the best finish in school history. Charlotte Taylor paced the Dons with a 10th place finish, making her an All-American. Alex Short, the WCC individual winner, represented the Men’s team by earning 22nd place and receiving All-American honors. Taylor became just the second women’s runner to be an All-American and Short was the first men’s runner to earn that honor.
Gabe Arias-Sheridan made school history by becoming the first runner in school history to run in the NCAA Championship. The junior finished in a very respectable 47th place with a time of 30:31.3 and was the fourth finisher of the WCC.
Congrats to all the Participants and Coaches!