No. 4 San Francisco Women; No. 6 Portland Men Win NCAA Regionals
Dons and Pilots sweep team and individual races for the first time in conference history!
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – So much winning. San Francisco NCAA Track Champion Charlotte Taylor won the women’s race, leading the No. 4 Dons to the first-ever NCAA West Regional Team title in program history. No. 6 Portland duplicated the feat an hour later, capturing the second West Regional Team title in program history behind individual winner Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse.
This marks the first time in West Coast Conference history two programs have posted a team and individual race sweep in NCAA Regional competition. The Pilots are the only program to post a team title in a Regional meet as a conference member, winning the 1993 event.
In the Mountain Region, reigning WCC Men’s Champion No. 2 BYU took second, while the No. 18 Cougar women posted a third place showing.
Three WCC programs earned automatic berths in next week’s NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, November 18 at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. Portland and BYU each collected auto bids based on finish, as did the San Francisco women. BYU’s women’s squad is likely to qualify along with multiple individuals throughout the WCC. The NCAA will make its formal at-large announcements Saturday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.
WOMEN’S RACE BULLETS
- Taylor won the 6k event with a course record of 19:14.2
- San Francisco posted a team score of 59 points; Stanford was second with 76.
- The Dons placed three in the top-10 and four in the top-20 finishers
- Seven WCC student-athletes posted top-30 finishes representing three institutions – Loyola Marymount (1), Portland (2) and San Francisco (4)
- Portland (308 points) finished in 10th place, followed by LMU (336) in 11th
MEN’S RACE BULLETS
- Roudolff-Levisse won the 10k event with a time of 29:33.1, followed by teammate and runner-up Jeff Thies at 29:38.8
- Portland posted a team score of 63 points Regional host Washington was second with 65
- The Pilots placed three in the top-five and all scorers were among the top-30 finishers
- Seven WCC student-athletes posted top-30 finishes representing two institutions – Portland (5) and San Francisco (2)
- San Francisco (205 points) finished in 8th place, followed by Gonzaga (294) in 10th. Santa Clara (488) finished 15th and Pepperdine (561) was 18th.
2017 NCAA 2017 NCAA SELECTIONS
Saturday, November 11 NCAA.com | 12 p.m. PT
2017 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHEN: Saturday, November 18 7:45 a.m. PT - Women’s 6K 8:45 a.m. PT - Men’s 10K
COURSE: E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park
SITE: Louisville, Ky.
HOST: University of Louisville