2006 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Preview

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2006 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships
When: Saturday, October 28, 2006
Where: Stanford Course, Stanford, Calif.
Race Times: Women - 10 a.m.; Men - 11 a.m.

MEN'S RACE (38th annual). . . STANFORD, ranked fifth in the latest poll, will be aiming for its seventh straight Pac-10 title, which would give the Cardinal 10 titles in the last 11 years. The Cardinal will be led on their home course by juniors Neftalem Araia , Garrett Heath and Brett Gotcher . Araia finished fourth and led Stanford to a second place finish at the recent Pre-NCAA Invitational ... Arizona will be led by two-time defending Pac-10 champion Robert Cheseret . Cheseret, a senior, was a three-time winner with titles at 1,500 meters, 5,000-meters, and 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships last May. He'll be joined by seniors Obed Mutanya and Moses Mpanga ... ARIZONA STATE will count on a veteran squad led by senior Aaron Aguayo , junior Kyle Alcorn , and sophomore Joey Heller ... Junior David Torrence and sophomores Mark Matusak and Yosef Ghebray have been CALIFORNIA's top runners this season and hope to guide the Bears to similar success that they experienced a year ago with a third-pace finish at the Pac-10's ... OREGON, ranked seventh in the latest poll, could push the Cardinal for the team title behind sophomore Galen Rupp , who finished second to Cheseret in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships, sophomore Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott and senior Patrick Werhane ... Juniors Kyle Shackleton and Mike Hadden will lead the charge for the UCLA Bruins, while sophomore Drew Shackleton (twin to Kyle) looks to score well for the Bruins ... WASHINGTON was impressive in knocking off three Top-25 teams to finish 10th at the Pre-NCAA Invitational. The veteran Huskies will turn to junior Jeremy Mineau , and seniors Mike Sayenko and Travis Boyd to lead the way at the Pac-10's ... Sophomore Woody Favinger , juniors Alex Grant and Andrew Jones will contend for WASHINGTON STATE.

WOMEN'S RACE (21st annual) . . . The top-ranked STANFORD women will be shooting for their 11th straight Pac-10 title, which would give the Cardinal 13 titles in the last 14 years. Looking to take advantage of the home course will be defending Pac-10 champion junior Arianne Lambie , junior Teresa McWalters , and senior twins Amanda and Katy Trotter ... A youthful ARIZONA squad will count on sophomores Marissa Urban and Danelle Onate , and freshman Tiffany Sorrell to help improve on last year's ninth place finish ... ARIZONA STATE, ranked eighth in the latest poll, had a strong showing at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, finishing third behind the performances of sophomore Jenna Kingma , junior Cassie Rios and freshman Ali Kielty ... Junior Rebecca Yau has been CALIFORNIA's top finisher in three of the four meets she has competed in this season. She'll be joined by senior Bridget Duffy and freshman Alison Greggor ... OREGON senior Dana Buchanan and junior Sarah Pearson will lead a young Duck squad that includes sophomore Zoe Nelson ... In just its second Pac-10 Championships, OREGON STATE finished eighth and is aiming for a higher finish this year. The Beavers, ranked ninth in the NCAA West Region, have won two meets this season behind juniors Kaitlin Poggi and Neoma Palmer , and freshman Krista Stangel ... Senior Ashley Caldwell , who has been UCLA's top finisher in each meet she's competed in this year, and sophomores Allie Bohannon and Olga Aulet-Leon will lead the Bruins ... The Women of Troy were led by a different runner in each of their first four meets. Senior Ashley Jensen and freshmen Bridget Helgerson and Daniela Gergley should key USC's charge at the Pac-10's ... WASHINGTON will turn to sophomore Anita Campbell , junior Amy Lia , and heralded freshman Katie Follett . Lia is the reigning NCAA 1,500-meter champion ... WASHINGTON STATE junior Haley Paul , who placed sixth at last year's Pac-10 Championships, will lead the Cougars. The Cougars fared well at the recent Pre-NCAA Invite behind Paul, junior Isley Gonzalez and freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake .

THE COURSE . . . The men's course will cover 8,000 meters at Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif. The women, meanwhile, will run a course of 6,000 meters. The terrain for both the men's course and women's course will be run over grass, with short patches of dirt, asphalt (tunnel between the front and back loops), and wood (foot bridge on the back loop). The front loop is relatively flat, while the back loop contains a slight uphill and a long downhill.

2006 PAC-10 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS . . . Following the championships, final results for the men's and women's races will be available on the Stanford web site (www.gostanford.com) and the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org).

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The NCAA West Regional Championships will be in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 11 (hosted by University of Portland), while the NCAA Championships will be Monday, Nov. 20 in Terre Haute, Ind. (hosted by Indiana State).

NEXT YEAR . . . OREGON STATE will host the 2007 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 25.

LAST YEAR . . .MEN: STANFORD won its ninth Pac-10 title in 10 years, edging host ARIZONA by a 32-point margin of victory. Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors went to Arizona's Robert Cheseret as he successfully defended his Pac-10 title and captured individual honors at the NCAA West Region in leading Arizona to the NCAA West Region title. At the NCAA Championships, Stanford and Arizona finished sixth and 10th respectively. CALIFORNIA's Mark Matusak garnered Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors. He was the Pac-10's top finishing freshman, coming in 17th, while leading the Golden Bears to a third place showing - their best ever finish at the Pac-10's. Stanford's Peter Tegen was named men's Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

2005 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - MEN
Dell Urich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz.

MEN - Team Results
1. Stanford 3, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19, 31 46
2. Arizona 1, 2, 9, 28, 38, 48, 52 78
3. California 8, 17, 18, 20, 44, 45, 47 107
4. Washington 4, 22, 27, 30, 33, 37, 39 116
5. Arizona State 11, 15, 25, 34, 40, 43, 46 125
6. Oregon 13, 23, 24, 35, 36, 41, 42 131
7. UCLA 5, 6 , 29, 49, 50, 53, 55 139
8. Washington State 16, 21, 26, 32, 51, 54, 56 146

MEN - Top-10 Individuals
1. Robert Cheseret, Jr., ARIZ 23:57
2. Obed Mutanya, Jr., ARIZ 24:13
3. Neftalem Araia, So., STAN 24:19
4. Mark Mandi, Sr., WASH 24:20
5. Austin Ramos, Jr., UCLA 24:23
6. Mike Haddan, So., UCLA 24:24
7. Jonathan Pierce, Jr., STAN 24:26
8. Giliat Ghebray, Sr., CAL 24:30
9. Jonah Maiyo, Sr., ARIZ 24:32
10. Brett Gotcher, Jr., STAN 24:37

LAST YEAR . . . WOMEN: The STANFORD Cardinal won their 10th consecutive Pac-10 title with a narrow six-point margin of victory over ARIZONA STATE, took the team title at the NCAA West Region and finished the year with their third NCAA Championship ... Stanford's Arianna Lambie was tabbed the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She took top honors at both the Pac-10 Championshps and NCAA West Region, and then led the Cardinal with an eighth place finish at the NCAA Championships... WASHINGTON's Tori Tyler was named the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year. She was the top finishing Husky at the Pac-10's, finishing eighth, and helped the Huskies to a fourth place finish. Stanford's Peter Tegen was honored by his peers and received Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

2005 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - WOMEN
Dell Urich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz.

WOMEN - Team Results
1. Stanford 1, 3, 5, 11, 14, 15, 25 34
2. Arizona State 2, 7, 9, 10, 12, 21, 26 40
3. Oregon 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 44, 52 86
4. Washington 8, 17, 23, 28, 35, 36, 39 111
5. Washington State 6, 33, 34, 37, 49, 59, 61 159
6. UCLA 4, 24, 38, 43, 53 162
7. California 27, 31, 41, 42, 47, 60, 62 188
8. Oregon State 22, 29, 45, 46, 48, 54, 55 190
9. Arizona 30, 32, 40, 50, 56, 57, 58 208
10. USC 51, 63, 64, 65, 66 309

WOMEN Top-10 Individuals
1. Arianna Lambie, So., STAN 20:20
2. Amy Hastings, Sr., ASU 20:40
3. Lindsay Flacks, Fr., STAN 20:52
4. Ashley Caldwell, Jr., UCLA 20:55
5. Teresa McWalters, So., STAN 20:56
6. Haley Paul, So., WSU 20:59
7. Anna Masinelli, Sr., ASU 21:04
8. Tori Tyler, Fr., WASH 21:05
9. Jenna Kingma, Fr. ASU 21:06
10. Victoria Jackson, Sr., ASU 21:12

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