Women Of Troy Ready For 2002 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 31, 2002

The Women of Troy cross country team is just a short jog away from Pasadena, where UCLA will serve as the host institution for the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships, held on Saturday (Nov. 2) at the Brookside Country Club (1133 North Rosemont)located adjacent to the Rose Bowl.

The Women of Troy are led by senior Brooke Thomas and are coached by Tom Walsh. They will look to improve upon last year's seventh-place finish at the Pac-10s. Also at stake is 5 Lexus-Gauntlet points that will be awarded to the highest team finish between USC and UCLA.

On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Pac-10 Women's 6000m event will begin and at 10:30 a.m., the Pac-10 Men's 8000m race will start.

The first race (8:30 a.m.) is a nonscoring gender-combined open 6000m event (for conference runners not competing in the league championships).

Results will be available on USCTrojans.com.

The races will feature some of the nation's top women and men's collegiate cross country teams and runners.

In the women's division, according to last week's National Top 30 (the latest polls were released Oct. 22 and the newest polls will be released Nov. 5), there were four Pac-10 teams rated - No. 2 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 19 UCLA and No. 25 Washington.

In the men's division, there are three conference teams in the nation's Top 30 - No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Oregon, No. 25 Arizona State and Washington receiving votes.

Stanford won both the women's and men's team titles at the 2001 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (hosted by Arizona State) and the Cardinal returns both individual winners - women's champion Lauren Fleshman and men's winner Grant Robinson.

Senior Sarah Ellis led USC last year with an 18th-place finish.

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