Cougar Women Place Fifth, Led by Eighth-Place Finisher Isley Gonzalez

Oct. 27, 2007

Corvallis, Ore. - The Washington State women's cross country team was led to a fifth-place team finish at the Pacific-10 Championships by Isley Gonzalez, who placed eighth. The men's team placed seventh at the Trysting Tree Golf Course.

Senior Isley Gonzalez clocked a 20-minute, 26.6 second time on the 6,000 meter course for the Cougars. Gonzalez finished eighth and earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors.

'Honestly, it was a little surprising and I am still in shock,' said Isley Gonzalez. 'All of the training paid off.'

Sophomore Sara Trané (20th) and Junior Meghan Leonard (23rd) were followed across the finish line by senior Collier Lawrence (36th) and sophomore Lisa Egami (51st) to round out the top five scorers for the women. Sophomore Chelsea VanDeBrake (60th) and freshman Ashlee Wall (65th) also scored for the Cougars. The other WSU women competing were freshman Amanda Andrews and sophomore Marisa Sandoval.

'That is the best that Isley Gonzalez has run in a Cougar uniform,' said WSU Head Coach Jason Drake. 'Overall, this was the race was the best the women have had since I have been here.'

The No. 1 ranked Stanford women's team had runners finish first and second in a photo finish. Cardinal Arianna Lambie was the top woman and won a third straight individual title, only the second runner in Pac-10 history to three-peat. Stanford finished first with 48 points to second-place No.2 Oregon's 64 points. It was the 12th team title in a row for Stanford. No. 5 Arizona State and No. 9 Washington tied for third place overall with 64 points. The Cougars came in fourth with 136 points.

For the men, junior Andrew Jones was 23rd, senior Alex Grant finished 30th, and junior Drew Polley crossed the line just behind at 34th to help the Cougars to a seventh place team finish. Other top finishers included sophomore Daniel Geib (48th) and sophomore Dominic Smargiassi (57th). Rounding out the scorers for the WSU were senior Chris Concha (64th) and freshmen David Hickerson (67th). Senior Chris Williams also competed for the Cougars.

'Andrew Jones, Alex Grant, and Drew Polley all had good days,' Drake said. 'It was nice to see Alex run a little better than the last race.'

No. 1 Oregon won the men's team title, finishing with 39 points. No. 15 Stanford finished second with 55 points upsetting No. 8 California (70 points). Washington State placed seventh with 166 points, just behind the sixth place Washington Huskies (162 points).

'Overall it was a solid race for the men,' Drake said, 'but in this conference that isn't quite enough.'

The Cougars will continue the championship season with the NCAA West Region Championships at Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 10.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Trysting Tree Golf Course, Corvallis, Ore. 8,000m)
October 27, 2007
Men's Team Results:
1. Oregon 39; 2. Stanford 55; 3. California 70; 4. UCLA 97; 5. Arizona State 105; 6. Washington 162; 7. Washington State 166; 8. California 260.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (Oregon) 22:54.9; 2. Galen Rupp (Oregon) 22:58.4; 3. Russell Brown (Stanford) 23:08.7; 4. Austin Ramos (UCLA) 23:10.8; 5. Hari Mix (Stanford) 23:11.6.
WSU Results: 23. Andrew Jones 23:42.4; 30. Alex Grant 23:48.8; 34. Drew Polley 23:53.3; 48. Daniel Geib 24:14.9; 49. Sam Ahlbeck 24:19.2; 52. Luke Lemenager 24:24.7; 57. Dominic Smargiassi 24:33.9; 64. Chris Concha 24:49.9; 67. David Hickerson 24:57.9; 74. Chris Williams 25:31.1.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Trysting Tree Golf Course, Corvallis, Ore. 6,000m)
October 27, 2007
Women's Team Results:
1. Stanford 22; 2. Arizona State 51; 3. Washington 96; 4. Oregon 103; 5. UCLA 121; 6. Washington State 156; 7. Arizona 206; 8. Oregon State 217; 9. California 260; 10. Southern California 323.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 19:40.7; 2. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 19:41.1; 3. Alexandra Kosinski (Oregon) 19:54.1; 4. Nicole Blood (Oregon) 20:08.5; 5. Jenna Kingma (Arizona State) 20:09.4.
WSU Results: 8. Isley Gonzalez 20:26.6; 20. Sara Trane 20:46.2; 23. Meghan Leonard 20:55.0; 36. Collier Lawrence 21:18.9; 51. Lisa Egami 21:43.8; 60. Chelsea VanDeBrake 22:01.8; 65. Ashlee Wall 22:05.6; 75. Amanda Andrews 22:39.0; 83. Marisa Sandoval 23:06.0.

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