WSU Men Ninth, Women Tenth at NCAA Cross Country West Regionals
Nov. 15, 2008
Palo Alto, Calif . - The Washington State University men's cross country team finished ninth overall at the NCAA West Regional Championships led by a senior Drew Polley and junior Mark Moeller, while Sara Trané led the WSU women to a tenth place finish, Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, California.
Polley finished the race 47th in a time of 30:30.48 and Moller crossed the line in 48th place in 30:33.96. Other WSU runners earning team points included junior Sam Ahlbeck (56th), freshman Justin Englund (72nd) and sophomore David Hickerson (75th). Also racing for the Cougars were junior Dominic Smargrassi (83rd) and freshman Jono Lafler (126th).
'The men had an average day today,' Drake said. 'Drew was racing well upfront, but he slowly faded away. I think the heat affected everyone today, it was 83 degrees down here and I feel like everyone started to melt a little due to the warm weather.'
Oregon runner Galen Rupp won the 10,000m men's race for the second straight year in a time of 27:41.25, helping Oregon claim the team title with 38 points. Teammate Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott finished in second place and all five Oregon runners finished in the top-15. Stanford was the second-place team with 72 points, and had three runners finishing in the top-15.
In the women's race Sara Trané and Lisa Egami continued their strong season for the Cougars finishing 29th and 43rd respectively. Freshman Michelly Foley (50th), junior Marisa Sandoval (101st) and sophomore Amanda Andrews (105th) rounded out the scoring. Freshmen Mietra Smollack (115th) and Emily Farrar (125th) also competed for the Cougars.
'On the women's side, Sara ran well finishing 29th,' WSU Head Coach Jason Drake said. 'It was an average day for the women and an average day at this meet and at this level you will get beat by a lot of people, so you can't be average you have to be great in this conference and this region. We got beat by a few teams that we had beaten at the Pac-10s and other meets earlier this season.'
The 6,000m women's race title belonged to Pacific-10 rival Washington. The Huskies finished the race with 25 team points. Five Washington runners finished in the top-10. Oregon was the second-place team with a total of 62 points.
The NCAA Championships will take place at Terre Haute, Indiana, November 24, 2008.
Men's NCAA West Regionals, The Stanford Golf Course, Palo Alto, Calif.
November 15, 2008
Men's Top Team Results: 1. Oregon 38; 2. Stanford 72; 3. Portland 85; 4. California 116; 5. Washington 122; 6. UCLA 145; 7. Cal Poly 148; 8. Arizona State 290; 9. Washington State 298; 10. UC Santa Barbara 338.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Galen Rupp (Oregon) 27:41.24; 2. Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (Oregon) 28:32.31; 3. Alfred Kipchumba (Portland) 28:36.41; 4. David Kinsella (Portland) 28:43.88; 5. Chris Derrick (Stanford) 28:44.31.
WSU Results: 47. Drew Polley 30:33.48; 27. Mark Moeller 30:33.96; 56. Sam Ahlbeck 30:52.29; 72. Justin Englund 31:23.58; 75. David Hickerson 31:26.70; 83. Dominic Smargrassi 31:41.80; 126. Jono Lafler 32:54.21.
Women's NCAA West Regionals, The Stanford Golf Course, Palo Alto, Calif.
November 15, 2008
Women's Top Team Results: 1. Washington 25; 2. Oregon 62; 3. Stanford 91; 4. Arizona State 128; 5. Portland 215; 6. UC Daivs 225; 7. California 269; 8. Arizona 290; 9. Oregon State 321; 10. Washington State 328.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Alex Kosinski (Oregon) 19:59.01; 2. Nicole Blood (Oregon) 20:01.23; 3. Christine Babcock (Washington) 20:02.25 4. Marie Lawrence (Washington) 20:03.21; 5. Katie Follett (Washington) 20:07.90.
WSU Results: 29. Sara Trané 20:51.31; 43. Lisa Egami 21:15.25; 50. Michelly Foley 21:19.52; 101. Marisa Sandoval 22:11.57; 105. Amanda Andrews 22:13.97; 115. Mietra Smollack 22:21.48; 125. Emily Farrar 22:36.05.