Four Huskies in Top-10 at NCAA West Regional
Nov. 11, 2006
GRESHAM, Ore. - Four Washington runners earned top-10 finishes Saturday at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships in Portland's Blue Lake Park, leading the Huskies' men and women to matching fourth-place team finishes.
Top-ranked Stanford won its eighth-consecutive West Region women's crown, sweeping the top two individual places en route to a 42-point team total, ahead of No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (72), eighth-ranked ASU (83) and the No. 29 Huskies (140). Cardinal junior Arianna Lambie won her second-straight regional crown in 20 minutes, 59 seconds to remain undefeated in the 2006 postseason. Lambie also won last week's Pac-10 cross country championship.
Cardinal sophomore Neftalem Araia made it a sweep of individual titles for Stanford, beating ASU's Aaron Aguayo to the line by eight seconds for his first regional crown, in 30:06. The Cardinal, however, were denied the men's team title for the second-straight year, as reigning Pac-10 champion Oregon earned a second-straight head-to-head victory over No. 7 Stanford. Oregon's 69-point team score was well ahead of Stanford's 88, with No. 9 Portland (88), Washington (139) and No. 24 Arizona (156) rounding out the top-five.
The top-two teams at each of the nine regionals nationwide earn automatic berths to Nov. 22's NCAA Championship meet. At-large selections will then be given to an additional 13 teams, as well as the top-four individuals from each regional not on qualifying teams.
Mineau (5th, 30:16) and Sayenko (10th, 30:34) each earned All-West Region honors for the UW men, the former's finish matching the fifth-best ever by a Husky runner. Both shaved more than 20 seconds off of their 10,000-meter cross country personal bests while becoming the first UW tandem since 1993 to earn top-10 finishes at the regional.
Washington's women. meanwhile, were led as they have been all year by the outstanding duo of sophomore Anita Campbell and junior Amy Lia. Both top-10 finishers at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships earlier this month, the pair repeated the feat Saturday with respective sixth- and eighth-place finishes, to earn their respective second- and third-straight All-West Region honors.
Campbell, Lia and Mineau are guaranteed at least individual berths to the NCAA Championships by virtue of their finishes Saturday. The rest of the teams will have to wait, however, until the official NCAA Championships selections are announced Sunday at NCAASports.com to learn if they have earned at-large berths.
NCAA West Regional Championships
Gresham, Ore.; Blue Lake Park
Nov. 11, 2006
Women's Results (6,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford 42; 2. UC Santa Barbara 72; 3. Arizona State 83; 4. Washington 140; 5. UCLA 170; 6. Oregon 177; 7. Portland 256; 8. UC Irvine 264; 9. Washington State 175; 10. Arizona 309.
Individual Champion: Arianna Lambie, Stanford, 20:59.
Husky Finishers: 6. Anita Campbell, 21:19; 8. Amy Lia, 21:22; 23. Amanda Miller 22:06; 45. Sayaka Yoshinaga 22:36; 61. Brooke Lademan 22:59; 82. Katie Follett, 23:23; 100. Trisha Rasmussen, 23:35.
Men's Results (10,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Oregon 69; 2. Stanford 88; 3. Portland 123; 4. Washington 139; 5. Arizona 156; 6. UCLA 167; 7. UC Santa Barbara 170; 8. Washington State 201; 9. Cal Poly 220; 10. California 260.Individual Champion: Neftalem Araia, Stanford, 30:06
Husky Finishers: 5. Jeremy Mineau, 30:16; 10. Mike Sayenko, 30:34; 35. Travis Boyd, 31:17; 39. Carl Moe, 31:28; 50. Adam Shimer, 31:46; 59. Jon Harding, 31:59; 75. Kevin Peters, 32:20.
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