Oct. 28, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Portland Pilots men's team has won 33 of the last 34 WCC titles and looks to defend its crown at the WCC Cross Country Championships on November 2 at Alumni Park on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. The Pilots, whose streak of 32 straight titles was snapped in 2011 by BYU, have been ranked in the USTFCCA poll throughout the season and sit sixth in the most recent poll released on October 22.
Preseason WCC favorite BYU looks for its second win in three seasons and ranks fifth in the national poll. The Cougars posted a runner-up showing in the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational, one spot in front of Portland, which won the 2013 Beaver Classic in its final WCC tune-up.
All told four WCC squads cracked the final regular season regional polls: BYU (3rd/Mountain), Portland (2nd/West), Loyola Marymount (11th/West) and Gonzaga (15th/West).
BYU senior Jason Witt raced to an eighth-place finish in Wisconsin at 23:32.0 on the 8k course, while fellow senior Tylor Thatcher, the WCC Player of the Month for October, finished 22nd overall. Redshirt junior Stephen Kersh led the Pilots with an 8k time of 24:53, good for fourth place in Corvallis, Ore.
On the women's side, the four-time defending WCC Champion University of San Francisco carries the highest national ranking in program history, entering the weekend at No. 17. The Dons posted a 10th place finish at the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational in their regular season finale. Senior Bridgit Dahlberg led USF with a 6k time of 20:24, good for 31st place, while 2012 WCC Individual Champion Eva Krchova was 55th in 20:41.
BYU owns three top-four finishes this season, including a win at the 2013 BYU Autumn Classic. Portland is coming off a runner-up showing at the 2013 Beaver Classic, led by freshman Lindsay Thompson’s runner up finish in the 6k at 22:08.
Four WCC squads cracked the final regular season regional polls: BYU (3rd/Mountain), San Francisco (4th/West), Loyola Marymount (12th/West) and Portland (13th/West).
For the first time in league history, the women’s championship will feature a 10-team race as the University of the Pacific makes its debut.
2013 WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE ON TheW.TV: This season the WCC will broadcast the 2013 cross country championships live via YouTube and TheW.tv. Fans can access the live video broadcast as well as course maps, directions to the site at the “Championship Central” at the top of the page.