Men's Cross Country Third, Women Eighth at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 15, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Portland, Ore. for the NCAA West Region Championships on Saturday, November 15. The meet took place at the Blue Lake Park and was hosted by the University of Portland. The UA men placed third in the overall team standings with 132 points, while the Wildcat women were eighth with 290 points. Stanford swept the team and individual titles.

The men's squad was paced by freshman Robert Cheseret's third-place finish. Cheseret covered the 10,000-meter course in 29:35, only three seconds off of the race winner, Ian Dobson of Stanford. Cheseret's third-place finish broke up a sweep of the top five spots by Stanford, as the Cardinal's top five runners finished 1-2-4-5-6.

Junior Jonah Maiyo had another strong race for himself, finishing 10th in the individual standings. Maiyo clocked a time of 30:06 to edge Jeff Gardina of UC Santa Barbara and Eric Logsdon of Oregon. Senior Kyle Goklish rebounded back to the top of the squad with his 23rd-place finish. Goklish completed the race in 30:22 as the Wildcats' No. 3 runner.

Junior Mike Howard stepped up big for the Wildcats this week. He jumped into the No. 4 spot for Arizona, placing 45th overall in 30:52. Senior Eric Bohn rounded out the scoring efforts by the Wildcats as the No. 5 runner. Bohn was 51st in 31:00. Senior Matt McInvale finished the race in 65th place with a time of 31:22, and he was followed by sophomore Jin Daikoku, who placed 82nd in 31:54.

The UA women were led by junior Beth Hoge's 41st-place performance. Hoge clocked a time of 21:49 on the 6,000-meter course. Sophomore Adrienne Goeller wasn't too far behind Hoge, finishing 50th in the overall individual standings with a time of 22:07. Senior Nicole Gurnicz stepped up for the Wildcat women, jumping into the No. 3 spot. Gurnicz finished 63rd in 22:18.

Sophomore Michi Hirakawa-Wong was the fourth Wildcat across the finish line on Saturday. She finished the race in 67th place with a time of 22:21. Sophomore Amber Steen completed the scoring for Arizona as the No. 5 runner. Steen was 79th, clocking a time of 22:36. Freshman Ashley Ippolito placed 88th in 22:41, and she was followed by freshman Karen Langdorf, who was 133rd in 23:24.

The top two teams from each region earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, giving Stanford and Cal Poly the automatic berths on the men's side, while Stanford and UCLA claim the women's automatic berths. The Arizona men will have to wait for confirmation on Monday, November 17 to find out if they have earned an at-large bid to the national championship meet. This year's championships will be held in Waterloo, Iowa on November 24. The University of Northern Iowa will play host to the meet.

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