WSU Cross Country Looks Ahead to Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 25, 2000

Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships,
Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash.

Saturday, October 28, 2000
11 a.m. Women's 6,000 meter race
12:15 p.m. Men's 8,000 meter race

THIS WEEK: The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams head to Seattle for the Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday. The women's 6,000 meter race will begin at 11 a.m., and the men will run an 8,000 meter course beginning at 12:15 p.m. at Lincoln Park. The meet is run on the same course the Cougars ran on at the Sundodger Invitational. 'Having experienced the course gives the team a better idea how to run the race,' coach James Li said.

Li said the Pac-10 is extremely strong, but believes both the WSU men's and women's teams can do quite well. 'This could still be the best team we've had in years,' Li said at a press conference this week.

LESS TEAMS: The Pac-10 Championships is a small meet compared to the Iowa State Memorial Classic October 14, the last meet in which the Cougars competed. The Pac-10 Championships features nine schools (Oregon State does not field a cross country team), compared to the 66 that competed in the Iowa State meet.

WSU WOMEN: Junior Ryan Gilmore has led the WSU women's team consistently during the middle of the cross country season by being the team's top finisher in the last four races. Joining Gilmore in Seattle this weekend are: seniors Megan Maynard and Alishia Booterbaugh, junior Jenny Filipy, sophomore Greta Johnson and freshmen Anna Blue and Ana Cabrera.

WSU MEN: Junior Oscar Franco-Parra has been the top finisher for the Cougar men's team in every race this year. Joining Franco-Parra in Seattle are: junior Scott Johnson, sophomores Jon Welsh, Kyle Barker and Loren Childers, and freshmen Kurt Hicks and Jim Neeway.

TAKING THE SCENIC ROUTE: The team hopes their travel go more smoothly than on their trip to Iowa. The flight from Pullman to Seattle should take just over an hour. Significantly less than the 24 hours from Pullman to Ames, Iowa, which included an unexpected overnight stay in Chicago.

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars have the weekend off from competition to prepare for the NCAA West Regional Championships, which will take place Saturday, November 11, at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif.

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