Cross Country Closes Season at NCAA West Regional Meet

Nov. 13, 2004

FRESNO, Calif. - The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their seasons Saturday at the NCAA West Regional Meet. The men ran to a ninth place finish and the women placed 10th at the regional event.

Senior Danny Wolf was the top Washington State finisher, covering the 10,000m course in a time of 31:37, earning him a 41st place finish. Wolf led early but could not maintain as the race wore on. Sophomore Andrew Jones (31:40) finished 43rd with senior Mike Heidt (59th ) sophomore Alex Grant (62nd) and redshirt sophomore Ryan Freimuth (63rd) rounding out the WSU scorers. Also competing for the Cougars, redshirt freshmen Daniel Frederick and Geoff Casazza finished 88th and 107th respectively.

'We didn't have the kind of day we had hoped for,' said WSU Head Coach Jason Drake. 'Danny and Mike just didn't have good days. Our middle guys did really well. Andrew Jones ran a great race and Alex Grant and Ryan Freimuth continued to improve. Almost everybody did better than they did a year ago and that gives us something to build on for next year.'

Stanford took the men's title with 49 points followed closely by Arizona State with 68 points. Stanford's Ryan Hall (30:07) bested the field and was one of three Stanford runners to finish in the top 10. Cal Poly finished third in the team standings with 86 points. WSU's 253 points placed them ninth in the 21-team field and equaled last year's finish.

The WSU women were paced by the 54th and 56th place finishes of freshman Haley Paul (21:59) and sophomore Kayle Peterson (22:00). The young tandem continued to impress after leading the Cougars to a fifth place finish two week ago at the Pac-10 Championships in San Francisco. Freshman Collier Lawrence (69th), senior Molly Bull (77th) and senior Ana Cabrera (91st) also scored in the 6,000m race. Sophomores Natalie Smith (104th) and Kelly Ramirez (132nd) comprised the rest of the Cougar contingent.

'Haley Paul and Kayle Peterson had good races,' Drake said. 'To have a freshman and sophomore come out and lead the team is exciting for the future of this program. Collier Lawrence had a great race and so did Molly Bull. Again, there was a lot of improvement on last year's performances.'

The women's race finished much like the men's with Stanford's 29 points capturing the title and Arizona State finishing second with 45 points. The two Pac-10 powerhouses accounted for the first seven finishers in the race including individual winner Alicia Craig (20:03) of Stanford and second place Amy Hastings (20:14) of Arizona State. UC Santa Barbara rounded out the top three teams with 92 points. Washington State's 320 points bettered last year's 14th place finish, placing them 10th among the 21 teams competing.

Stanford and Arizona State's respective wins automatically qualify them for the NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., Monday, Nov. 22. Teams receiving at large bids and individual runners from non-qualifying teams to be included in the championship races will be announced Monday. Both Washington State teams finished out of contention for spots in the championship meet.

NCAA West Regionals (Woodward Park, Fresno, Calif. 10,000m)November 13, 2004

Men's Top Team Results: 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.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Ryan Hall (Stanford) 30:07; 2. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 30:12; 3. Neff Araia (Stanford) 30:16; 4. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 30:23; 5. Forest Braden (Bosie State) 30:28.

WSU Results: 41. Danny Wolf 31:37; 43. Andrew Jones 31:40; 59. Mike Heidt 32:07; 62. Alex Grant 32:09; 63. Ryan Freimuth 32:11; 88. Daniel Frederick 32:58; 107. Geoff Casazza 33:37.

NCAA West Regionals (Woodward Park, Fresno, Calif. 6,000m)November 13, 2004

Women's Top Team Results: 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.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 20:03; 2. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 20:14; 3. Anita Siraki (Stanford) 20:17; 4. Desi Davila (Arizona State) 20:36; 5. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:37.

WSU Results: 54. Haley Paul 21:59; 56. Kayle Peterson 22:00; 69. Collier Lawrence 22:19; 77. Molly Bull 22:26; 91. Ana Cabrera 22:38; 104. Natalie Smith 22:53; 132. Kelly Ramirez 23:22.