2005 Pac-10 Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships

Oct. 24, 2005

Cross Country Championships Results
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MEN'S RACE (37th annual). . . STANFORD will be aiming for its sixth straight Pac-10 title, which would give the Cardinal nine titles in the last 10 years. However, it could be the host ARIZONA Wildcats looking to capture the title on their home turf ... Arizona will be led by defending Pac-10 champion Robert Cheseret. Cheseret, a junior, also captured the 10,000 meters title at the NCAA Track and Field Championships last June. He'll be joined by junior Obed Mutanya and sophomore Mohamed Trafeh ... ARIZONA STATE will count on a senior-dominated squad led by Casey Burchill, Ryan Warrenburg, and Velibor Radejovic ... Senior Giliat Ghebray and freshman Mark Matusak have been CALIFORNIA's top two runners this season ... OREGON freshman Galen Rupp, who finished second to Cheseret in the 10,000 meters at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championhips, sophomore Christopher Winter and junior Patrick Werhane will keep the Ducks in contention ... Fresh off their impressive victory at the Pre-NCAA's, the Stanford Cardinal are led by senior David Vidal and juniors Jacob Gomez and Jonathan Pierce. Vidal and Gomez each turned in a top 10 finish at least year's Pac-10 Championships ... Junior Austin Ramos will lead the charge for the UCLA Bruins, while freshman standout Laef Barnes has recovered from a leg injury and should return to form in time for the Pac-10's ... WASHINGTON had a strong showing at the Pre-NCAA Invitational with an eighth place finish as senior Mark Mandi and freshman Jordan McNamara led the way for the Huskies. For Mandi, it was the sixth time in his last seven races that he's been Washington's top finisher ... Freshman Woody Favinger, sophomore Chris Concha and junior Ryan Freimuth will contend for WASHINGTON STATE.

WOMEN'S RACE (20th annual). . . Similar to the men's side, the STANFORD women will be shooting for their 10th straight Pac-10 title, which would give the Cardinal 12 titles in the last 13 years. Hot on the heels of the Cardinal could be the ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils and defending Pac-10 champion Amy Hastings ... Host ARIZONA will depend on sophomore Emily McGegor and senior Fanice Chepkorir to place high for the Wildcats ... In addition to Hastings, the Sun Devils will be paced by junior Anna Masinelli and freshman Jenna Kingma. A Sun Devil has won individual honors at five of the six meets in which they competed this season ... Junior Bridget Duffey has been CALIFORNIA's top finisher in 14 of the 15 meets she has competed during her career, including an All-American finish at last year's NCAA Championships ... OREGON jumped to No. 22 in the polls after it took eighth at the Pre-NCAA Invitational. The Ducks are led by a pair of freshmen in Katie Leary and Zoe Nelson ... OREGON STATE junior Ashley Younce led the Beavers to their first team title with a win at the Cascade Invitational. She and Kaitlin Poggi will look to improve upon the Beaver's 10th-place finish at last year's Championships ... Stanford sophomore Arianna Lambie has won three races this season and her third-place finish at the Pre-NCAA's paced the Cardinal to the team title over a stellar field. Sophomore Teresa Walters and juniors Katy and Amanda Trotter also have turned in top 10 finishes for the Cardinal ... Junior Ashley Caldwell and sophomore Claire Rethmeier were UCLA's top two finishers at the Roy Griak Invitational and the Pre-NCAA Invitational and will contend for honors in Tucson ... USC juniors Kristen Berglas and Christina Eads have led a Women of Troy squad that has battled through injuries this season, but are looking to be at full strength at the Pac-10 Championships ... WASHINGTON ran well at the Pre-NCAA Invitational with a tenth-place finish in their final tuneup for the Pac-10 Championships. The top five finishers were freshmen, and for the third consecutive meet, first-year Huskies Tori Tyler and Brooke Lademan were the first two Huskies across the finish line ... WASHINGTON STATE sophomore Haley Paul will lead the Cougars. She was the Cougars top finisher at last year's Pac-10 Championships, and has won three races this season.

THE COURSE . . . The men's course will cover 8,000 meters at Dell Urich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz. The women, meanwhile, will run a course of 6,000 meters. The terrain for both the men's course and women's course will be run over grass, with some golf cart path crossings. There are numerous short hills throughout the course.

2005 PAC-10 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS . . . Following the championships, final results for the men's and women's races will be available on the Arizona web site (www.arizonaathletics.com) and the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org).

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The NCAA West Regional Championships will be in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 12 (hosted by Stanford), while the NCAA Championships will be Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. (hosted by Indiana State).

NEXT YEAR . . . Stanford will host the 2006 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28.


MEN: STANFORD won its eighth Pac-10 title in nine years, edging ARIZONA STATE by a 27-point margin of victory. The Cardinal also took first place at the NCAA West Regionals before finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. The Sun Devils also had an impressive showing at the NCAA Championships, placing eighth ... Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors went to ARIZONA's Robert Cheseret. Cheseret took top honors at the Pac-10 Championships to become the first Arizona runner to win the title since Abdi Abdirahman in 1998. He finished second (30:12) at the NCAA West Region and earned All-America honors with a ninth-place finish (31:05) at the NCAA Championships. ARIZONA's Mohamed Trafeh garnered Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors, while Stanford's Andrew Gerard was named men's Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

WOMEN: The STANFORD Cardinal won their ninth consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-point margin of victory over ARIZONA STATE, took the team title at the NCAA West Region and finished the year with a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championships ... Arizona State's Amy Hastings was tabbed the Pac-10 WOmen's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She took top honors at the Pac-10 Championshps, placed second (20:14) at the NCAA West Region, and finished 22nd (20:56) at the NCAA Championships in leading the Sun Devils to a ninth-place finish. Hastings is the first-ever Sun Devil to capture the top spot at the Pac-10 Championships ... Stanford's Teresa McWalters was named the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year, while Stanford's Dena Evans was honored by her peers and received Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

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