Women 6th, Men 8th at Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 30, 2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The No. 17 UA women's cross country team took sixth place Friday at the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in against a very competitive field in Long Beach, Calif.
All five point scorers for the Arizona team finished in under 21 minutes or less in an incredibly fast race by cross country standards across 6000-meters over the relatively flat surface provided at the Skylinks Golf Course.
The squads finishing in positions three through six were separated by just 34 seconds in the total cumulative team times and a seven second difference in the teams average with third-place Arizona State finishing with a 20:39.50 average to Arizona's 20:46.3. Arizona's time average was only a second and half slower than fifth place California's. A mere twenty points separated the teams and Arizona was only two points out of fifth place.
As has been the case all season, junior Maggie Callahan led the way for the Wildcats on her way to All-Conference honors with a 14th place, 20:26.59 performance. Callahan has been the first UA athlete across the line in each race this season.
Two freshmen crossed the line next for the Wildcats in the high school Footlocker finalists Jennifer Bergman and Lauren Smith. Bergman, who finished outside the points for the first time this season at the NCAA Pre-National Meet two weekends ago bounced back in fashion to finish 26th in 20:42.68. Smith was right on her tail in 20:45.09.
Arizona's consistency continued with Hanna Henson crossing the line next in 30th place in 20:56.33 and another freshman, Liz Apgar, cruised in to a 33rd place finish in 21:00.77.
Every UA athlete cracked the 21-minute mark for the first time in their careers. The three freshmen were also the second, third and fourth true freshmen to finish the race of all competitors.
The UA men finished eighth place overall and were led by redshirt junior Mohamud Ige. Ige, who was essentially trampled a month ago at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, bounced back in his return the course to finish 20th in a time of 23:47.96 with an average mile time of 4:47.3.
Senior Dylan Fitzpatrick was the next Wildcat across the line in 24:28.14 to finish 40th in his final conference championship race for Arizona. Brian MacArthur was also competing in his final Pac-10 race and was the third UA athlete across the line, coming in shortly after Fitzpatrick in 24:38.24.
Freshman Noe Ramirez continued to show promise in his youth, scoring points for the team once again by finishing 52nd in 24:52.53 and Abdi Hassan rounded out the point scorers, finishing 56th in 24:59.34.
The UA team will look to build upon their NCAA Championships resume in two weekends as they head to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA West Regional Championships.