2017 CROSS COUNTRY - #WCCchamps PREVIEW

Oct. 25, 2017

2017 CROSS COUNTRY - #WCCchamps PREVIEW
CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | WCC CROSS COUNTRY ALMANAC

2017 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships
Friday, October 27, 2017
Metropolitan Golf Links | Oakland, Calif.

RACE SCHEDULE
10:00 a.m. – Women’s 6K race
11:00 a.m. – Men’s 8K race
12:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

BROADCAST INFORMATION
For the sixth consecutive year, the 2017 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships will be broadcast live and commercial-free on TheW.tv. George Devine and Josh Muxen (analyst) will provide the commentary for both races.

WCC IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
For the first time in conference history three WCC teams enter the championship with a top-five national ranking. On the men’s side defending champion No. 2 BYU owns the highest ranking in program history followed closely by No. 3 Portland. On the women’s side No. 4 San Francisco boasts the highest ranking in school history. The BYU women check in at No. 18.

WCC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
This will be the 33rd women’s race. No. 4 San Francisco enters as the clear favorite with the top ranking in program history after a runner-up team finish at the prestigious Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational behind two top-five individual finishes. The Dons seek the program’s first WCC crown since winning five consecutive from 2009-13.

Four teams have won championships in the last four races: Portland (2016), Gonzaga (2015), BYU (2014) and San Francisco (2013).

WCC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
This will be the 43rd men’s race. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Portland have combined to win the last 38 WCC Championships, highlighted by an unprecedented 32 consecutive by the Pilots (1979-2010). The Cougars and Portland figure to battle it out once again in a field laden with talent. No. 29 San Francisco and regionally ranked Gonzaga (10th West), Santa Clara (12th) and Loyola Marymount (13th) make this field perhaps the most stacked in conference history.


 

 

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WOMEN’S TEAM TITLE COUNT
Portland: 20 (2016)
San Francisco: 5 (2013)
Gonzaga: 2 (2015)
USIU: 2 (1986)
BYU: 1 (2014)
Santa Clara: 1 (2001)
Saint Mary’s: 1 (1990)

LAST 10 WOMEN’S TEAM/INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

POINTS

INDIVIDUAL (SCHOOL)

TIME

2016

POR

42

Lauren LaRocco, Jr. (POR)

20:27

2015

GON

59

Shelby Mills, Sr. (GON)

20:55

2014

BYU

36

Tansey Lystad, Sr. (POR)

19:39

2013

USF

39

Bridget Dahlberg, Gr. (USF)

20:55

2012

USF

25

Eva Krchova, Jr. (USF)

20:31

2011

USF

32

Tara Erdmann, Sr. (LMU)

20:01

2010

USF

38

Tara Erdmann, Jr. (LMU)

20:21

2009

USF

45

Stephanie Wilson (SCU)

20:32

2008

POR

43

Tara Erdmann, So. (LMU)

21:54

2007

POR

33

Dana Morgan, So. (POR)

20:32

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
BYU
Current National/Regional Ranking
18th / 2nd Mountain Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Pre-Nationals Invitational / 7th (273) / 24. Laura Young (20:19.9)

GONZAGA
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Inland Empire Collegiate Championships / 2nd (21) / 12. Claire Manley (17:59.3)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Titan Invitational / 1st (15) / 4. Holly LaPlante (18:30.2)

PACIFIC
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Bronco Invitational / 19th (483) / 60. Jasmine Gonzalez (21:46.5)

PEPPERDINE
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
UCR Highlander Invitational / 12th (288) / 25. Abbey Meck (18:14.4)

PORTLAND
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / 8th West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Pre-Nationals Invitational / 16th (523) / 16. Jasmijn Lau (20:14.4)

SAINT MARY’S
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Bronco Invitational / 20th (508) / 57. Abby Bolt (21:43.0)

SAN DIEGO
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
UCR Highlander Invitational / 4th (102) / 10. Hannah Rasmussen (17:41.9)

SAN FRANCISCO
Current National/Regional Ranking
4th / 2nd West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational / 2nd (126) / 3. Charlotte Taylor (19:40.2)

SANTA CLARA
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Bronco Invitational / 16th (508) / 79. Ellie Kopf (22:14.7)

MEN’S TEAM TITLE COUNT
Portland: 34 (2014)
BYU: 4 (2016)
Nevada: 4 (1978)*

LAST 10 MEN’S TEAM/INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

POINTS

INDIVIDUAL (SCHOOL)

TIME

2016

BYU

24

Alex Short, Sr. (USF)

24:40

2015

BYU

17

Aaron Fletcher, Sr. (BYU)

24:40

2014

POR

28

David Perry, Sr. (POR)

23:26

2013

BYU

30

Jason Witt, Sr. (BYU)

23:14

2012

POR

32

Jared Ward, Jr. (BYU)

23:41

2011

BYU

25

Miles Batty, Sr. (BYU)

23:47

2010

POR

36

Craig Hopkins, Gr. (GON)

25:01

2009

POR

34

Alfred Kipchumba, So. (POR)

24:20

2008

POR

38

David Kinsella, Sr. (POR)

25:11

2007

POR

32

Cheyne Inman, Sr. (USF)

25:20

MEN’S CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
BYU
Current National/Regional Ranking
2nd / 2nd Mountain Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Pre-Nationals Invitational / 1st (41) / 1. Rory Linkletter (23:08.4)

GONZAGA
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / 10th West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Pre-Nationals Invitational / 16th (478) / 60. Max Kaderabek (24:08.9)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / 13th
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Titan Invitational / 1st (18) / 1. Simeon Paul (24:54.4)

PEPPERDINE
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
UCR Highlander Invitational / 6th (158) / 1. Nick Heath (17:49.7 (6K))

PORTLAND
Current National/Regional Ranking
3rd / 1st West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational / 2nd (123) / 8. Jeff Thies (23:52.8)

SAINT MARY’S
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Bronco Invitational / 9th (508) / 25. Noah McDermott (24:07.1)

SAN DIEGO
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / N/A
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
UCR Highlander Invitational / 8th (200) / 16. Liam Burke (18:20.5)

SAN FRANCISCO
Current National/Regional Ranking
29th / 7th West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational / 18th (449) / 57. Ben Alcock (24:23.5)

SANTA CLARA
Current National/Regional Ranking
N/A / 12th West Region
Last Race/Team Finish/Top Individual
Bronco Invitational / 4th (133) / 7. Joey Berriatua (23:50.5)

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