Pac-10 Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Head To NCAA Championships

Nov. 18, 2009

 

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When: Monday, November 23, 2009
Where: Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, Terre Haute, Ind.
Race Times: Men - 12:08 p.m. ET; Women - 12:58 p.m. ET
Television: VERSUS 

 

THE COMPETITION
Nine regions produced 18 automatic qualifiers for each the men's race and the women's race, then another 13 at-large teams were selected by the NCAA Division I track and field subcommittee to complete the field of 31 teams for each race. STANFORD captured the NCAA West Region men's title to earn automatic qualification, while ARIZONA STATE, OREGON and WASHINGTON earned at-large selections for the men's race. Meanwhile, WASHINGTON won the NCAA West Region women's crown and OREGON finished second to grab the region's automatic qualifying spots. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD were awarded at-large berths for the women's race... Thirty-six individuals automatically qualified to the championships races by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals selected at-large by the committee. Individuals competing from the Pac-10 include Arizona's Mohamud Ige and UCLA's Marco Anzures in the men's race, while UCLA's Shannon Murakami and WASHINGTON STATE's Lisa Egami will run the women's race.

CURRENT RANKINGS
Pac-10 teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association polls are as follows: Men - No. 1 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, No. 22 Arizona State. Women - No. 1 Washington, No. 4 Oregon, No. 10 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 28 Arizona

WEST REGIONAL RESULTS
University of Oregon hosted NCAA West Region action at the Springfield Golf Course on Sat., Nov. 14. The STANFORD men took top team honors with 27 points behind a 1-2-3 finish from Chris Derrick, Elliott Heath and Justin Marpole-Bird... The WASHINGTON women tallied a low of 25 points behind a 1-3-4 finish from Kendra Schaaf, Marie Lawrence and Kailey Campbell

West Region Men's Results (Pac-10 teams only)
1. Stanford (NCAA AQ) 1, 2, 3, 9, 12 27
3. Oregon (At-Large) 6, 13, 27, 31, 32 109
4. Washington (At-Large) 17, 19, 22, 29, 33 120
5. Arizona State (At-Large) 7, 25, 28, 35, 60 155
7. UCLA 10, 30, 42, 52, 73 207
8. California 15, 20, 44, 62, 76 217
10. Washington State 40, 50, 56, 57, 65 268

Top Five Pac-10 Finishers (10,000 meters)
1. Chris Derrick, STAN 30:38.84
2. Elliott Heath, STAN 30:38.96
3. Justin Marpole-Bird, STAN 30:42.20
6. Luke Puskedra, ORE 30:48.40
7. Brandon Bethke, ASU 30:50.49

 

West Region Women's Results (Pac-10 teams only)
1. Washington (NCAA AQ) 1, 3, 4, 7, 10 25
2. Oregon (NCAA AQ) 2, 5, 8, 25, 26 66
3. Stanford (At-Large) 9, 15, 17, 19, 34 94
4. Arizona State (At-Large) 16, 18, 20, 21, 44 11

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5. Arizona (At-Large) 24, 36, 37, 48, 57 202
8. California 14, 38, 51, 60, 92 255
9. Oregon State 39, 49, 55, 76, 83 302
11. UCLA 13, 32, 66, 93, 117 321
15. Washington State 11, 79, 89, 113, 118 410
20. USC 28, 119, 126, 129, 133 535

Top Five Pac-10 Finishers (6,000 meters)
1. Kendra Schaaf, WASH 20:41.70
2. Jordan Hasay, ORE 20:52.46
3. Marie Lawrence, WASH 20:58.87
4. Kailey Campbell, WASH 21:00.31
5. Nicole Blood, ORE 21:01.00

 

THE CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS
On the men's side, the Pac-10 has produced 10 team champions, including four over the last seven years - Stanford (2002, 2003) and Oregon (2007, 2008). Individually, 17 Pac-10 runners have crossed the finish line first, including last year's champion, Galen Rupp of Oregon. In addition, former UCLA standout Meb Keflezighi, the reigning New York City Marathon champion, took individual honors in 1997... On the women's side, Pac-10 women have captured eight team titles, including five of the last six with Stanford (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007) and Washington (2008) hoisting the hardware this decade.

 

 

 

 

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