No. 5 BYU Men, No. 17 San Francisco Women Capture 2013 WCC Cross Country Championships
Nov. 2, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 5 Brigham Young men's team and the No. 17 University of San Francisco women's team won titles at the 2013 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships on a beautiful Saturday morning at Alumni Park on the Pepperdine University campus. Jason Witt (23:14) of BYU won the men's 8k race, while USF's Bridget Dahlberg (20:55) captured the women's 6k title.
With the win, the Cougars (30) collected their second team championship in three seasons, after losing the 2012 title to 2013 runner-up Portland by a one-point margin. The Pilots (48), were followed by Loyola Marymount (110) in third place, two points in front of fourth-place Gonzaga (112). San Francisco (132) rounded out the top-five teams.
"I'm just impressed by the fact that so many of my guys put themselves in the race from right at the gun," WCC Coach of the Year Ed Eyestone of BYU said. "We felt like if the pace was honest, we felt like we were the better team. We respect Portland. They're a great team
Witt is the second straight Cougar to win the men's race. USF's Eric Causey (23:14) was individual runner-up, followed by Portland's Scott Fauble (23:17) and William Kincaid (23:25). BYU's Steve Flint (23:29) rounded out the top-five finishers for the Cougars, who placed four in the top-10.
"This has been a big goal of mine all season," Witt said. "I've been open about it. When people ask me what my goals are, I say winning the conference meet has always been tops on my list. There's a lot of excitement that comes from achieving that goal."
San Francisco posted its fifth-straight women's championship. The Dons (39) placed four runners in the top-10. Portland (62) edged BYU (62) by tiebreaker for runner-up honors. Loyola Marymount (79) posted a fourth-place finish, while Gonzaga (112) rounded out the top-five teams.
"Winning the West Coast Conference Championship obviously means a lot to our program and university," WCC Women's Coach of the Year Helen Lehman-Winters of USF said. "It's not an easy thing to come into the meet with the expectation that you should win, but we handled it well."
Dahlberg is the second consecutive Don to win the individual title. Portland's Laura Hottenrott (20:58) was runner-up two seconds in front of teammate Gina Paletta (21:00). Sheree Shea (21:05) and Grace Graham-Zamudi (21:11), both of LMU, rounded out the top-five individual finishers.
"This is my first year at USF, so I'm really happy I could be a part of something they've been working so hard for four years before I came here," Dahlberg said. "I feel really to be on this "drive for five team".
Official 2013 WCC Men's Cross Country Results
2013 All-WCC Cross Country Men's Team
Official 2013 WCC Women's Cross Country Results
2013 All-WCC Cross Country Women's Team