Cougar Men 6th, Women 8th at Pac-10 Championships

Nov. 1, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's men's cross country team placed sixth and the women finished eighth at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, at the WSU Golf Course at Pullman.

The Cougar men's team was led by senior Ian Johnson and junior Danny Wolf's 14th and 16th place finishes respectively. Mike Heidt, a junior, and freshman Andrew Jones finished 32nd and 33rd respectively. Freshman Alex Grant finished 51st to round out WSU's scoring squad.

Freshman Matt Knoff (53rd), junior Justin Ireland (58th), transfer senior Steve Barrus (63rd), redshirt freshman Ryan Freimuth (64th), and freshman Chris Williams (69th) were other competitors for the Cougars.

'(The men) all ran well, much faster than they did last time, so we were pretty happy,' said Cross Country Coach Jason Drake. 'Ian and Danny ran great. These were their best finishes ever in the conference.'

Three of the top four finishers in the men's race represented Stanford as the Cardinal placed all five of its scorers in the top 10. Senior Ian Dobson finished first just ahead of defending champion, senior Grant Robison who finished second.

Just three weeks ago, Wolf won the Cougar Invitational on the same course becoming just the second runner to break the 26-minute mark. Saturday 30 runners broke the mark including Johnson (25:27) and Wolf (25:30).

On the women's side, WSU senior Anna Blue, who had a frustrating day suffering from stomach cramps, was the first Cougar to cross the finish line placing 23rd with junior Ana Cabrera close behind in 25th. Freshmen Kayle Peterson (48th), Natalie Smith (52nd), and Katie Troy (53rd) completed the scoring for WSU.

Juniors Molly Bull (54th) and Julia Corbett (56th), sophomore Hailey Young (70th), and freshman Grace Coulter (74th) were the Cougars' other competitors.

Stanford harriers claimed the top three spots in the women's race en route to the conference championship. Junior Sara Bei defended her title as the Pac-10 Champion when she finished one one-hundredths of a second ahead of teammate junior Alicia Craig.

'The women had a pretty tough day,' explained Drake. 'Ana Cabrera had a nice race. It was her best finish in the conference which was really nice.'

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (WSU Golf Course, Pullman, Wash. 8,000m)November 1, 2003Men's Race Top Team Results:  1. Stanford 23, 2. Oregon 91, 3. Washington 93, 4. Arizona 109, 5. Arizona State 112, 6. Washington State 136, 7. UCLA 150, 8. California 192.Top Five Individuals:  1. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 24:33.9; 2. Grant Robison (Stanford) 24:35.5; 3. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 24:35.8; 4. Donald Sage (Stanford) 24:44.9; 5. Jonah Maiyo (Arizona) 25:06.2.WSU Results:  14. Ian Johnson 25:27; 16. Danny Wolf 25:30; 32. Mike Heidt 26:03; 33. Andrew Jones 26:04; 51. Alex Grant 26:38; 53. Matt Knoff 26:47; 58. Justin Ireland 27:09; 63. Steve Barrus 27:28; 64; Ryan Freimuth 27:29; 69. Chris Williams 27;59.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (WSU Golf Course, Pullman, Wash. 6,000m)November 1, 2003Women's Race Top Team Results:  1. Stanford 22, 2. Arizona State 78, 3. UCLA 79, 4. Washington 123, 5. Oregon 161, 6. Arizona 179, 7.Southern California 185, 8. Washington State 187, 9. California 202.Top Five Individuals:  1. Sara Bei (Stanford) 21:12.1; 2. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 21:12.2; 3. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 21:21.4; 4. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 21:40.1; 5. Magdalena Sandoval (Oregon) 21:45.9.WSU Results:  23. Anna Blue 22:58; 25. Ana Cabrera 23:08; 48. Kayle Peterson 24:05; 52. Natalie Smith 24:17; 53. Katie Troy 24:21; 54. Molly Bull 24:25; 56. Julia Corbett 24:35; 70. Hailey Young 25:19; 74. Grace Coulter 25:51.

Cross Country Pacific Ten ChampionshipsPullman, Wash. WSU Golf CourseNov. 1, 2003

Ian Johnson - Washington State (On his performance)'It's exciting for me because it's my last Pac-10 cross country championship meet and I knew I wanted to come go out and just run really tough today.'

'Danny (Wolf) and I got out well. We were towards the front, which is good because you can feel the tempo of the race, what the leaders are doing. That motivated me to just stay tough and stay in the race.'

'It's a really hilly course, it's really demanding. I just tried to be tough. I tried to work on my tempo on the up hills and really push hard on the down hills, and just be tough through the race.'

'I'm pretty pleased with how I ran because I thought I never relinquished or gave up at any point. It was a good race for me.'

Anna Blue - Washington State (On the team's performance)'I think as a team we did really well today. We ran strong and everybody ran together. It was a hard race. It's cold out there, and I know we really felt that today.'

On her performance'I'm not very satisfied with my performance. Personally, I think I could have done a lot better. I wasn't feeling 100 percent today, but I know I'll be ready for Regionals in a couple weeks.'

Coach Jason Drake - Washington State [On the conference (men's)]'Regionals is next and maybe the guys, if they come together a little more they might sneak up there and beat another one of these teams.'

'It's a tough conference. This is probably the toughest conference in the country.'

On the women's performance'We had a bunch of freshmen come up. It was their first experience here, so they did about what we could expect from them.'

Ian Dobson - Stanford (on the course conditions)'The course was definitely harder than what we've been training for.'

'We had a lot of hard training in the summer with the hills.'

'The cold was what I was more worried about, but it turned out to be a nice day. We knew we weren't going to be prepared for the cold, but there's really nothing you can do but tough it out.'

Andrew Gerard - Stanford Men's Coach'It was a tough course. We probably broke up a little more than I would have liked. This was one of our goals this year.'

'This course was very different than any other course that we run all year, so we prepared more for the course in Iowa. I was a little concerned with how this would affect us. We set principals on how we want to run in terms of packing and working together.'

'Weather turned out to be kind of a non-factor.'

On Ian Dobson's performance...'Ian's always in there. He hasn't maybe had some of the accolades that some of the other guys have, with NCAA titles, but it's great to seem him win. He's been running very well.'

Dena Evans - Stanford Women's coach'We really tried to stay under control the first two miles. With the altitude, the cold, and with a championship race you have a tendency to get excited and wear yourself out too early.'

'We did a really great job of executing.'

On Sara Bei's and Alicia Craig's finish...'We always put the team first and I think the girls did a really good job of sharing the positive things that happened to the team. I'm glad they were able to enjoy the victory together.'

'We still have two tough races left to come and there's no reason to beat each other up at the end.'

Sara Bei - Stanford (On course and conditions)'I don't think we expected it to be quite as hilly as it was.'

'Coming from California, we were used to having 70 to 80 degree weather. I was actually hoping to have a little bit harsher weather to prepare for Iowa.'

On finish...'Both Alicia and I run for the same reasons, it really doesn't matter who wins. It's kind of silly for us to battle it out.'

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