Husky Women Fifth, Men Seventh at NCAA West Regional

Nov. 13, 2004

FRESNO, Calif. - Despite placing three runners among the top-20 finishers, Washington's 25th-ranked women's cross country squad managed just a fifth-place finish Saturday at the NCAA West Regional Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park. Washington's men ran seventh.

The top-two teams from each of the nine regional championships nationwide earned automatic berths to the No.v. 22 NCAA Championships. An additional 13 at-large selections will be announced Sunday. Washington's women have qualified for the NCAA Championships every year since 1997, marking the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.

Senior Lindsey Egerdahl earned her third-straight All-West Region accolade with a 16th-place finish, covering the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 11 seconds. Sophomore Dallon Williams -- who was raised just 90 minutes from Fresno in Turlock, Calif., and ran the Woodward Park course during her prep career -- was 17th in 21:18, while senior Angela Wishaar rounded out the Huskies' All-West Region contingent with an 18th-place finish, in 21:45. Sophomore Travis Boyd was an All-Region honoree for the men, completing the 10,000-meter men's course in 30:59.

No. 1-ranked and defending NCAA men's and women's champion Stanford claimed its sixth-consecutive sweep of West Region titles, with senior Alicia Craig winning her third-straight individual title, and senior Ryan Hall grabbing his first Regional crown. The Cardinal held off challenges by Arizona State on both sides, edging the eighth-ranked Sun Devil men by a 29-45 margin, and the seventh-ranked ASU women by a 49-68 score. No. 6 Cal Poly placed third in the men's race with 86 points, followed by UCLA (114), Portland (140), Oregon (196) and Washington (209). No. 17 UC Santa Barbara earned third place for the women with 92 points, while unranked Idaho slipped past the Huskies for the third time this season, their 140 points just three better than UW's 143.

'Our ladies ran a tough race out there,' said eighth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for an at-large berth Sunday.

For the first time in nearly 12 months, Washington's men were led by someone other than junior Mark Mandi, who finished 42 seconds back of Boyd in 41st place overall. Redshirt freshman Brad Liber followed Mandi in 45th, in 31:45, while sophomore Mike Sayenko placed 51st in 31:57 in his first race since being struck by a car in July.

All seven of the Husky men's 2004 NCAA West Regional competitors will return next season.

'We've asked a lot of a lot of young guys this year,' Metcalf said. 'They've gotten a lot of experience, though, and will be better next year because of it.'

Washington will have to await Sunday's at-large announcements to determine whether or not the UW will be represented at the NCAA Championships. In addition to the 31 teams which will compete at the NCAA meet in Terre Haute, Ind.,, the top four individuals in each Regional from non-qualifying teams will be granted at-large berths in the race.

NCAA West Regional Championships
Nov. 13, 2004; Fresno, Calif., Woodward Park
Women's Race (6,000m)
Top-10 Teams:
1. Stanford 29; 2. Arizona State 45; 3. UC Santa Barbara 92; 4. Idaho 140; 5. Washington 143; 6. UCLA 151; 7. Arizona 245; 8. Oregon 272; 9. Cal Poly 278; 10. Washington State 320.
Individual Champion: Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:03.
Husky Finishers: 16. Lindsey Egerdahl, 21:11; 17. Dallon Williams, 21:18; 18. Angela Wishaar, 21:19; 41. Meghan Lawrence, 21:45; 51. Laura Halverson, 21:59; 59. Brianna McLeod, 22:14; 66. Kira Harrison, 22:21.

Men's Race (10,000m)
Top-10 Teams:
1. Stanford 49; 2. Arizona State 68; 3. Cal Poly 86; 4. UCLA 114; 5. Portland 140; 6. Oregon 196; 7. Washington 209; 8. Arizona 213; 9. Washington State 253; 10. UC Santa Barbara 263.
Individual Winner: Ryan Hall, Stanford, 30:07
Husky Finishers: 18. Travis Boyd, 30:59; 41. Mark Mandi, 31:41; 45. Brad Liber, 31:45; 51. Mike Sayenko, 31:57; 54. Andy Fader, 32:03; 81. Matt Owen, 32:50; 93. Jeremy Mineau, 33:19.