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Portland, San Francisco Chosen to Finish First in 2010 WCC Men's and Women's WCC Preseason Cross Country Polls
The 2009 WCC Cross Country Champions, the University of Portland men and University of San Francisco women, were chosen to take home the conference title again this year according to the 2010 WCC Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll. The Portland men earned the maximum 49 points, securing the first place vote from all other seven coaches in the conference, while the San Francisco women's team garnered 48 points and six first place votes.
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
As voted on by the conference coaches in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Gonzaga men and women were both picked to finish fifth.
Sophomore Chris Boyle was voted to the preseason All-WCC team.
Gonzaga looks to improve on the men's fifth place finish and the women's sixth place finish at last year's WCC Championships. The men's team returns 2009 WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll members redshirt-junior Matt Bejar, juniors Ian Berge and Tony Karaflat, while the women return 2009 WCC Fall All-Academic member redshirt-junior Corrina O'Brien.
The Bulldogs open the season on Saturday (9/4) at the Inland Northwest Cross Country Classic in Moscow, Idaho.
The Loyola Marymount men were chosen second in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, while the women were picked to finish third in the
2008 WCC Champion redshirt-junior Tara Erdmann and 2009 WCC Freshman of the Year Sheree Shea were both voted to the preseason All-WCC team. On the men's side, Sterling Lockert was chosen.
The LMU men's cross country team welcomes seven new incoming freshmen for the 2010 season.
The Lions are scheduled to compete at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener this Saturday (9/4).
The Pepperdine men were picked to finish sixth in the WCC Preseason Coaches poll, while the women were chosen seventh.
2009 All-WCC women's selection Chelsea Wishard is the Waves' representative on the WCC 2010 Preseason All-Conference team. Wishard finished third at the 2008 WCC Championships and was selected to the 2008 All-WCC team. The women also return junior Lauren Lodge, who was a 2009 WCC Fall All-Academic honors recipient.
The Waves and 5th year Head Coach Robert Radnoti are looking to build off of last season's top-5 showing at the 2009 WCC Championships at Crystal Springs.
The Waves' fall season gets underway on Tuesday (9/1) with a meet at the Malibu Oceanside Open.
The Portland men picked to repeat as WCC champions in the annual preseason poll, while the women were voted second.The men received the maximum 49 points in their poll, and the women received 41, including one first place vote.
Five men and one woman were named to the preseason All-WCC team: Alfred Kipchumba, Jared Bassett, Lars Erik Malde, Matt Frerker and Trevor Dunbar on the men's side and Lyndy Davis on the women's side.
The Pilots have won the men's race 31 consecutive years, the longest active streak for any cross country program in the country. The women have won 19 of the 23 conference titles.
Portland will begin its season on Friday (9/3) at the John Frank Mem. Inv. in Corvalis, Ore.
The Saint Mary's men and women were both picked to finish eighth in the conference in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.
First year head coach Marty Kinsey has added six scholar athletes for the 2010 cross country season.
The Gaels are looking to improve on last year's seventh place finish for the men and eighth place finish for the women.
Saint Mary's begins their season on September 4 when they race at the 18th Annual San Francisco Cross Country Invitational hosted by USF in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.
The University of San Diego men were picked sixth in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, while the women were tabbed to finish seventh in the conference.
Senior Kevin O'Malley, the Toreros' first to finish at the 2009 WCC Championships, returns along with junior Shane Smith, a 2009 recipient of WCC Fall All-Academic honors.
The schedule will highlight a trip to South Bend, Indiana to race at the elite Notre Dame Invitational in early October.
The Toreros kick off the season with a tri-meet at Pepperdine on September 1, 2010.
The San Francisco women were chosen to finish first in the preseason poll, while the men tied with Loyola Marymount for the second place pick in the preseason poll.
One runner on the men's team and four from the women's team were chosen to the preseason All-WCC team. Those picks are 2009 Men's All-WCC selection junior Ganbileg Bor and 2009 Women's All-WCC selections junior Hillary Kigar, senior Nicole Bowler and sophomores Eva Krchova and Heather Zytkewicz.
Last year, the San Francisco women finished first at the WCC championships, while the men placed third. The women look forward to returning their top runners.
The Dons set off the season at their own invitational, the San Francisco Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday (9/4).
According to the coaches' preseason poll, Santa Clara is predicted to finish fourth in conference on both the men's and women's sides, a repeat of last year's finish at the WCC Championships.
Two runners for each the men and the women were selected to the preseason All-WCC team: seniors Chris Sampson and Robbie Reid for the men, and women's runners senior Stephanie Wilson and sophomore Mary Reynolds. All 4 runners were selected to the 2009 All-WCC team, while also finishing in the top-10 in last year's conference championships.
Santa Clara opens the 2009 season with the Dons at the USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday (9/4).