Cougar Women Fifth, Men Seventh at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 30, 2004

San Francisco, Calif. - Washington State's women's cross country team placed fifth and the men finished seventh at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, at Golden Gate Park.

Freshman Haley Paul led the Cougar women running to a 24th place finish (21:50) in her first Pac-10 Championship race. Sophomore Kayle Peterson finished the 6,000m course close behind in 27th place (21:54). Seniors Ana Cabrera (42nd) and Molly Bull (44th), sophomores Natalie Smith (49th) and Kelly Ramirez (50th), and freshman Collier Lawrence (61st) rounded out the WSU scores. Also competing for the Cougs, sophomore Katie Troy finished 63rd, freshman Isley Gonzalez placed 73rd, and sophomore Karen DeMartini finished 73rd.

'Haley Paul had an excellent day,' said Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake. 'It is so exciting to see her come out and perform like that in her first Pac-10 race. Kayle Peterson also had a great race and Molly Bull ran an excellent race, probably the best I've seen her run in a Cougar uniform. I t's a great way for her to finish up her last Pac-10 Championship.'

The No. 1 ranked Stanford team took the women's race with 30 points followed by Arizona with 47 and Washington with 100. Washington State finished with 171 points and a fifth place finish, the best finish at a Pac-10 Championship since 2000.

'The women just went out there and got it done, ' Drake said. 'I had them ninth on paper going into this race because they just hadn't been competing well up to this point. We really changed focus these last few weeks of training and they went out today and rose to the challenge.'

On the men's side, senior Danny Wolf lead WSU with a ninth place finish (24:43) in the 8,000m course. Senior Mike Heidt was the next Cougar across the line in 29th place (25:22). Sophomores Alex Grant (31st) and Andrew Jones (32nd), redshirt sophomore Ryan Freimuth (43rd) and redshirt freshmen Daniel Frederick (47th) and Geoff Casazza (53rd) also scored for Washington State. Redshirt freshman Chris Concha (56th) and sophomore Matt Knoff also competed for the Courgars.

'Danny ran a great race,' Drake said. 'It was a very challenging course and he just ran smart and ran down five or six people in the last 400 meters like he always does. Mike Heidt had hoped to finish better and just had a bad day. Alex Grant and Andrew Jones looked good in those three and four spots and made significant improvements on last year so we are excited about that.'Stanford won the men's race with 37 points, with Arizona State (64) and Oregon (105) rounding out the top three. Washington State's 140 points were just two behind sixth place finisher Arizona.

'I was hoping for a little more out of the men,' Drake said. 'We were pretty average today and you just can't be average in this type of competition. We wanted to improve upon last year's finish and it just didn't happen. Arizona only beat us by two points and that's a little tough when you are that close.'

The Cougars have two weeks to train before the heading to Fresno, Calif., for the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 13.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. 8,000m)October 30, 2004

Men's Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 37; 2. Arizona State 64; 3. Oregon 105; 4. Washington 116, 5. UCLA 118; 6. Arizona 138; 7. Washington State 140; 8. California 199.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 23:48; 2. Ryan Hall (Stanford) 23:48; 3. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 24:12; 4. Jacob Gomez (Stanford) 24:28; 5. Jon Rakin (UCLA) 24:31.

WSU Results: 9. Danny Wolf 24:43; 29. Mike Heidt 25:22; 31. Alex Grant 25:29; 32. Andrew Jones 25:29; 43. Ryan Freimuth 24:49; 47. Daniel Frederick 26:00; 53. Geoff Casazza 26:14; 56. Chris Concha 26:18; 58. Matt Knoff 26:21.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. 6,000m)October 30, 2004

Women's Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 30; 2. Arizona State 47; 3. Washington 100; 4. UCLA 102; 5. Washington State 171; 6. Arizona 180; 7.Oregon 182; 8. USC 233; 9. California 237; 10. Oregon State 238.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 20:19; 2. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 20:26; 3. Anita Siraki (Stanford) 20:46; 4. Laura Harmon (Oregon) 20:56; 5. Desiree Davila (Arizona State) 21:00.

WSU Results: 24. Haley Paul 21:50; 27. Kayle Peterson 21:54; 42. Ana Cabrera 22:26; 44. Molly Bull 22:31; 49. Natalie Smith 22:41; 50. Kelly Ramirez 22:44; 61. Collier Lawrence 22:56; 63. Katie Troy 22:59; 73. Isley Gonzalez 23:26; 81. Karen DeMartini 24:00.