NO. 4 SAN FRANCISCO CAPTURES 2017 WCC WOMEN'S TITLE
Charlotte Taylor sets championship record as Dons run away with team and individual titles
WCC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | WOMEN’S RACE RESULTS
OAKLAND, Calif. - San Francisco senior Charlotte Taylor stayed well ahead of the pack on Friday afternoon, crossing the finish line with a 20.3-second gap to capture the individual title and lead her Dons to the team title at the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championship at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland.
Taylor's time of 19:10.05 is also a new record for the fastest 6k time in a WCC championship race. The Dons, led by WCC Coach of the Year Helen Lehman-Winters, placed four runners in the top five and six overall in the top 10 with Danielle Shanahan (19:53.6) of Loyola Marymount finishing fourth.
Courtney Wayment (20:02.1) and Laura Young (20:03.6) of No. 18 BYU, as well as WCC Freshman of the Year Jasmijn Lau (20:07.0) from Portland rounded out the top 10. Marie Bouchard (20:01.1) of USF edged Wayment for a spot in the top five, finishing just a second ahead of the Cougar sophomore.
Taylor's time though was not the only conference mark for USF. San Francisco finished the race with 20 points, the lowest score for a women's side since Portland scored 20 in 1998 and the second lowest in WCC history. Only the 1987 Pilots squad (18 points) has had a lower score.
Although Portland has dominated the conference with 20 titles, the Dons as of late have taken the reigns with now six team titles since 2009, including five straight from 2009 to 2013. They are the fourth different team to take the crown in as many years.
Taylor is just the third individual champion for USF since 1985, as she joins Bridget Dahlberg in 2013 and Eva Krchova in 2012.
The Dons (1:38:35) edged second place BYU (1:48:49) by just three minutes, but the 31-point gap over the Cougars (51 points) is the largest difference between and USF champion and the second place finisher since the Dons beat out Portland by 33 points in 2010. Loyola Marymount finished Friday's race with 66 points for third place while Portland (91) and Gonzaga (166) rounded out the top five.
2017 WCC ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORS
Runner of the Year (Individual Champion): Charlotte Taylor - San Francisco (19:10.5)
Freshman of the Year: Jasmijn Lau - POR (20:07.0)
Coach of the Year: Helen Lehman-Winters - San Francisco
FINAL 2017 #WCCCHAMPS WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS
Women's Results - 6k
- No. 4 San Francisco - 20
- No. 18 BYU - 51
- Loyola Marymount - 66
- Portland - 91
- Gonzaga - 166
- San Diego - 172
- Pacific - 224
- Saint Mary's - 245
- Santa Clara - 258
- Pepperdine - 276
WOMEN'S ALL-WCC FIRST TEAM
- Charlotte Taylor - San Francisco
- Weronika Pyzik - San Francisco
- Isabelle Brauer - San Francisco
- Danielle Shanahan - Loyola Marymount
- Marie Bouchard - San Francisco
- Courtney Wayment - BYU
- Laura Young - BYU
- Jasmijn Lau - Portland
- Elizabeth Bird - San Francisco
- Tatjana Schulte - San Francisco
WOMEN'S ALL-WCC SECOND TEAM
- Olivia Hoj - BYU
- Ashleigh Warner - BYU
- Alexandra Beitia - Loyola Marymount
- Lea Meyer - San Francisco
- Kristi Rush - BYU