Carlyle Leads Beavers at Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 30, 2009
Long Beach, Calif. – Competing in her first Pac-10 Championships, redshirt sophomore Laura Carlyle (Kelowna, British Columbia) brought home the best finish for the Oregon State cross country team, placing 38th in the 87 runner field.
The Beavers finished eighth overall with 239 team points, edging out host, USC, and Washington State at Sky Links Country Club in Long Beach, Calif.
“We knew going in today that we would be battling four schools for seventh through 10th place, so finishing eighth is less than we hoped for, but a lot of teams say this when leaving this meet each year,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We had a five-year run of moving forward, so I guess it was our turn. We got a solid day from transfer sophomore Laura Carlyle, who ran her best race of the season. Freshmen Sandra Martinez and Sabrina Lopez had solid days as well. Plus, junior Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson, who has been really struggling health-wise for the past month, really laid it out there today. The future is bright with all nine returning.
We have two weeks until regionals, where I am hoping this group can put together a full-team race with our top seven running up to their potential on the same day. If we do that, they can beat a lot of teams, and I know they all want one more race.”
Carlyle ran the third fastest time in school history over the 6,000-meter course, finishing in 21:07.75. Not far off, finishing in 49th, junior Abby Chesimet (Astoria, Ore.) ran the ninth best time, improving her personal best by 13 seconds.
Freshman Sandra Martinez (Yakima, Wash.) ran the 11th fastest time in school history with her 51st place finish in 21:35.19. Juniors Jennifer Macias (Hermiston, Ore.) and Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson (Forest Ranch, Calif.) rounded out the scoring runners for the Beavers with 57th and 66th place finishes, respectively.
Freshmen Sabrina Lopez (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Ashley Mayfield (Seaside, Ore.) and redshirt freshmen Olivia Poblacion (Portland, Ore.) and Natosha Buruse (Ridgefield, Wash.) completed the competition for Oregon State at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing 72nd, 79th, 82nd and 84th.
Nicole Blood of Oregon took the individual title, finishing in 19:41.71, while No. 1 Washington won the team title with 35 points.
The Oregon State cross country team has a bye week next weekend before making the short trip south to the NCAA West Regional in Springfield, Ore., hosted by the University of Oregon.
Pacific-10 Championships Individual Results (Top 5 and Oregon State Finishes out of 87): 1. Nicole Blood, Oregon, 19:41.71; 2. Kendra Schaaf, Washington, 19:46.17; 3. Jordan Hasay, Oregon, 19:48.97; 4. Marie Lawrence, Washington, 19:49.02; 5. Christine Babcock, Washington, 19:58.82; 38. Laura Carlyle, Oregon State, 21:07.75; 49. Abby Chesimet, Oregon State, 21:31.94; 51. Sandra Martinez, Oregon State, 21:35.19; 57. Jennifer Macias, Oregon State, 21:48.33; 66. Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson, Oregon State, 22:07.97; 72. Sabrina Lopez, Oregon State, 22:19.56; 79. Olivia Poblacion, Oregon State, 22:52.87; 82. Ashley Mayfield, Oregon State, 23:19.26; 84. Natosha Buruse, Oregon State, 23:30.96.
Pacific-10 Championships Team Results: 1. Washington 35; 2. Oregon 42; 3. Arizona State 110; 8. Oregon State 239.
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