Haley Paul finishes sixth, women's team fifth at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 29, 2005

Tucson, Ariz. - Washington State's women's cross country team placed fifth and the men finished eighth at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships Saturday, at the Dell Ulrich Golf Course.

Sophomore Haley Paul turned in a sixth place finish with a time of 20:59 on the 6,000 meter course, earning a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Her finish is the third best female performance ever by a Cougar runner at the Pac-10 Championships.

'Haley ran a great race, which is no surprise,' said Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake. 'She ran a conservative start and was able to pass nine people at the end. I'm really excited about her performance.'

The junior tandem of Kayle Peterson and Kelly Ramirez placed 37th and 38th for the Cougars, finishing one second apart at 22:31 and 22:32 respectively. Meghan Leonard (41st, 22:38) and Isley Gonzalez (55th, 23:07) also scored for WSU.

'Kayle and Kelly ran strong races, I would have liked to see them a little higher, but we still managed to beat UCLA, which was a goal of ours.' Drake said. 'After racing this tough course in hotter conditions than we're used to, we'll take the fifth place finish.'

The No. 2 ranked Stanford team put three runners in the top five to edge out Arizona State for the women's team title, scoring 34 points to ASU's 40. Oregon placed third with 86 points. Washington State finished with 159 points, just three ahead of rival UCLA, and matched last year's fifth place finish. Arianna Lambie of Stanford cruised to the individual title with a time of 20:20, outdistancing ASU's Amy Hastings by 20 seconds.

On the men's side, Redshirt Junior Ryan Freimuth led WSU with a 16th place finish, covering the 8,000m course in 24:55. Redshirt freshman Woody Favinger was the next Cougar across the line in 21st place (25:01). Also scoring for Washington State were freshman Drew Polley in 26th (25:11), redshirt sophomore Chris Concha in 32nd (25:18) and redshirt sophomore Chris Williams in 56th with a time of 26:11.

'Ryan Freimuth ran a very smart race today and I'm proud of him,' Drake said. 'Despite the eighth place finish, I am very pleased because our top four men ran excellent races. We just don't have the team depth this year to break into the top five.'No. 4 Stanford won the men's race in comfortable fashion with 46 points despite a 1-2 finish by Arizona's Robert Cheseret and Obed Mutanya. Arizona placed second (78) and California third (107), rounding out the top three teams. Washington State finished just behind seventh-place UCLA with 146 points.

'Overall it was a pretty average day for both our teams, we never quite found our rhythm,' Drake said. 'Next up is the Regional meet, which will be another challenge for our team. Haley Paul has a chance to make Nationals, and we'll see if she can get there.'

The Cougars have two weeks to train before the heading to Stanford, Calif., for the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 12.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Dell Ulrich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz. 8,000m)

October 29, 2005

Men's Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 46, 2. Arizona 78, 3. California 107, 4. Washington 116, 5. Arizona State 125.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 23:57, 2. Obed Mutanya (Arizona) 24:13, 3. Neftalem Araia (Stanford) 24:19, 4. Mark Mandi (Washington) 24:20, 5. Austin Ramos (UCLA) 24:23.

WSU Results: 16. Ryan Freimuth 24:55, 21. Woody Favinger 25:01, 26. Drew Polley 25:11, 32. Chris Concha 25:18, 56. Chris Williams 26:11, 65. Justin Ireland 26:36, 74. Sam Ahlbeck 27:22, 75. Derry Betts 27:35, 76. Dan Lucero 27:55.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Dell Ulrich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz. 8,000m)

October 29, 2005

Women's Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 34, 2. Arizona State 40, 3. Oregon 86, 4. Washington 111, 5. Washington State 159.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 2. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 20:40 3. Lindsay Flacks (Stanford) 20:52, 4. Ashley Caldwell (UCLA) 20:55, 5. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:56.

WSU Results: 6. Haley Paul 20:59, 37. Kayle Peterson 22:31, 38. Kelly Ramirez 22:32, 41. Meghan Leonard 22:38, 55. Isley Gonzalez 23:07, 68. Natalie Smith 23:42, 71. Marisa Sandoval 23:59, 78. Collier Lawrence 24:42, 80. Karen DeMartini 25:02, 81. Katie Troy 25:06.


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