ASU Women Place 2nd, Men 5th at NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships
FRESNO, Calif. - Junior Lisa Aguilera took first-place and senior Mary Duerbeck finished third, leading the fourth-ranked Arizona State women's cross country team to a second-place finish at the NCAA West Regionals at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif., thus securing an automatic team berth to the NCAA Championships. The ASU men placed fifth overall, and will wait until Monday to learn if they are chosen as an at-large bid for nationals.
The Sun Devil women made school history in Fresno Saturday, as Aguilera became the first ASU woman to win an individual title in a championship meet. Aguilera accomplished the feat just two weeks after racing to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, which was also a best-ever ASU finish. In addition to Aguilera, Duerbeck's third-place finish eclipsed the previous high for a regional meet attained by Kelly MacDonald last year (4th).
With a second-place team finish, the ASU women also break their previous best regional team finish, after taking third-place last year in Portland. The best regional finish for the men was third, also attained last year.
Aguilera and Duerbeck were not the only stars for the Sun Devils, as ASU got strong finishes on the 6,000-meter course from junior Brianna Torres (18th), redshirt-freshman Cynthia Atencio (35th), redshirt freshman Beth Martin (36th), junior Kristin McFerron (41st) and senior Colleen Burke (48th).
The ASU men were led by freshman Juan Reyes who completed the 10,000-meter course in 31:17, and for the second time this season was the highest male finisher for the Sun Devils with a 17th-place finish. Sophomore Kris Alexander and senior Garrett Jensen were not far behind Reyes, placing 19th and 21st respectively. Rounding out the ASU starting seven were sophomore Ronnie Buchanan (31st), senior Brandon Strong (40th), junior Dennis Cox (41st) and freshman Ryan Bousquet (48th).
Stanford took both the men's (No. 2) and women's (No. 1) regional titles, and the 12th-ranked Arizona men earned the other automatic berth to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish. Stanford's Jonathan Riley took the men's individual title in 30:40.
Monday (Nov. 13), 13 additional teams will be selected as at-large berths to fill out the 31-team NCAA field based on their regional finishes and performances against other potential qualifiers. The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, Monday, Nov. 20.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS -- Fresno, Calif.
MEN'S 10K -Team Finishes1, Stanford, 58, 2. Arizona, 62, 3. Cal Poly, 114, 4. Oregon, 122, 5. Arizona State, 128, 6. Portland, 150, 7. UCLA, 167, 8. Washington, 207, 9. UC Santa Barbara, 230, 10. Cal, 269, 11. Washington State, 321, 12. Fresno State, 389, 13. Boise State, 390, 14. San Jose State, 421, 15. Cal State Fullerton, 431, 16. CSU Sacramento, 446, 17. Eastern Washington, 461, 18. Santa Clara, 494, 19. Univ. of San Diego, 553, 20. Pepperdine, 605, 21. Portland State, 622.
WOMEN'S 6K -Team Finishes
1. Stanford, 58, 2. Arizona State, 88, 3. Arizona, 126, 4, Oregon, 169, 5. Washington 170, 6. Cal Poly, 187, 7. Washington State, 188, 8. UCLA, 199, 9. UC Irvine, 219, 10. Idaho, 221, 11. Portland, 274, 12. UC Santa Barbara, 347, 13. Hawaii, 380, 14. Boise State, 393, 15. CSU Sacramento, 16. San Diego State, 492, 17. Portland State, 500, 18. Fresno State, 512, 19. Gonzaga, 520, 20. San Jose State, 565, 21. Cal State Northridge, 617, 22. Cal State Fullerton, 648, 23. Santa Clara, 657, 24. St. Mary's, 671, 25. Pepperdine, 752, 26. Pacific, 773.
MEN -ASU Individuals (10K)
17. Juan Reyes 31:17
19. Kris Alexander 31:20
21. Garrett Jensen 31:24
31. Ronnie Buchanan 31:40
40. Brandon Strong 31:54
41. Dennis Cox 32:02
48. Ryan Bousquet 32:15
WOMEN -ASU Individuals (6K)
1. Lisa Aguilera 20:25
3. Mary Duerbeck 20:36
18. Brianna Torres 21:04
35. Cynthia Atencio 21:31
36. Beth Martin 21:33
41. Kristin McFerron 21:38
48. Colleen Burke 21:57