Haley Paul finishes 11th, women's team sixth at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 28, 2006

Palo Alto, Calif. - The Washington State women's cross country team placed sixth and the men's team finished seventh at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, at the Stanford Golf Course.

Junior Haley Paul turned in an 11th place finish with a time of 21-minutes and three seconds on the 6,000 meter course, earning a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.

'Haley Paul led our team again and had a good race but it was not quite her best day,' said Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake. 'We had a real nice pack of women behind Haley but unfortunately they were just little off the mark where they need to be.'

Junior Collier Lawrence (31st), senior Kelly Ramirez (37th), junior Isley Gonzalez (38th), and freshman Lisa Egami (39th) all finished well and scored for the Cougars. All four women also finished within seven seconds of each other. Freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake and redshirt freshman Sara Trané rounded out the Cougar team scorers.

'Lisa Egami had a great race today by running up there with the rest of the team,' Drake said. 'It was definitely good for her and it's nice to see her improving every single weekend.'

The No. 1 ranked Stanford team put four runners in the top five and easily won over Arizona State to gain the women's team title, scoring 22 points to ASU's 51. Washington placed third with 96 points. Washington State finished in sixth place with 156 points. Adrianna Lambie of Stanford cruised to her second straight individual title with a time of 20:15.

On the men's side, Woody Favinger led WSU with an 18th place finish, covering the 8,000m course in 24:01. Junior Alex Grant was the next Cougar across the line in 19th place (24:03). Also scoring for Washington State were juniors Andrew Jones in 34th (24:35) and Chris Williams in 40th (24:42). Sophomore Drew Polley in 49th rounded out the Cougar scorers with a time of 24:56. Senior Clay Hemlock and Freshman Dan Geib also scored for team displacement.

'The two great performers on the men's side were Alex Grant and Woody Favinger,' Drake said. 'Both ran very good races in an incredible field. To see those guys move up throughout the race was beautiful.'No. 7 Oregon squeaked out a win over No. 5 Stanford in the men's race with 53 points. Stanford placed second with 58 points and Arizona third, with 107 points. Washington State finished in seventh place with 150 points.

'Overall it was an average day for both teams and the men and women were just a little off the mark,' Drake said.

The Cougars have two weeks to train before the heading to Portland, Ore., for the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 11.