Mandi, Tyler Earn All-Conference Honors at Pac-10 Meet
Oct. 29, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior Mark Mandi was fourth, and freshman Tori Tyler was eighth Saturday at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, leading Washington's men's and women's teams to matching fourth-place finishes. Mandi's finish -- equaling the best-ever by a Washington's men's runner -- earned the Everett, Wash., native his second-straight first-team All-Pac-10 honor, while Tyler merited second-team acclaim.
Stanford swept team titles for the sixth-straight year. The fourth-ranked Cardinal men captured their sixth-consecutive conference crown, their 46 points comfortably ahead of No. 7 Arizona's 78, Cal's 107 and the 116 points of 24th-ranked Washington. Arizona's Robert Cheseret successfully defended his 2004 Pac-10 cross country title, completing the 8,000-meter Dell Urich Golf Course circuit in 23 minutes, 57 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of teammate Obed Mutanya. Neftalem Araia, however, was the first of five Stanford runners across the line in the top-14, edging out Mandi by just one second for third, in 24:19.
Mandi's finish -- his second-straight top-six effort at the Pac-10 meet -- equaled the best-ever by a Washington men's runner, and made Mandi the first Husky ever to twice earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. The senior has led all UW finishers at seven of the last eight races he has run, including all three races in 2005.
'Mark ran a tremendous race today,' said third-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'Unfortunately, for whatever reason we couldn't get anybody else up there with him, which has been one of real strengths this season. It was a great individual performance on Mark's part, but we're going to have to run better as a team [at the NCAA Regional meet] in two weeks.'
Indeed, after recording a terrific 39-second gap between its first and fifth runners at the Pre-National Meet two weeks ago, the Huskies couldn't even keep their second runner within 39 seconds of Mandi on Saturday, with senior Andy Fader (Everett, Wash.) crossing the line second for UW in 22nd, 45 seconds behind his fellow co-captain. Junior Mike Sayenko (Bellevue, Wash.) ran third for UW (27th, 25:13), sophomore Adam Shimer (Edmonds, Wash.) was fourth (30th, 25:17) and sophomore Kevin Peters was fifth (33rd, 25:19) -- nearly one minute behind Mandi.
The Huskies were without the services of sophomore Jeremy Mineau (Menlo Park, Calif.), and saw talented freshman Jordan McNamara (Auburn, Wash.) and sophomore Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash.) limited by injuries suffered earlier in the week. McNamara placed ninth for UW, 54th overall, while Moe was the team's No. 10 finisher, in 60th.
The No. 2 Stanford women, meanwhile, rode individual champion Arianna Lambie to their 10th-straight Pac-10 title, holding off a challenge by fifth-ranked Arizona State. Lambie beat defending champion Amy Hastings of ASU to the line by 20 seconds, completing the 6,000-meter course in 20:20, but the Sun Devils accounted for five of the next 11 finishers, their 40 points falling just shy of Stanford's 34-point total. No. 22 Oregon was third in 86, while the 26th-ranked Huskies were fourth in 111.
As it has been all year, Washington was led by its outstanding freshman class, which accounted for six of the team's top-seven finishers. Freshman Tori Tyler (Los Altos, Calif.) earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors with an eighth-place finish in 21:05, just missing out on Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors to Stanford's Lindsay Flacks, who ran third. Tyler's finish marked the 12th-consecutive year that Washington has placed a women's runner in the top-10 at the Pac-10 meet, including nine different runners in the past nine seasons.
'Tori ran great all day, just like she has all season,' Metcalf said. 'As a team, though, we definitely had our sights set on a higher finish. It's disappointing to see Cal slip ahead of us in the final standings. We just have to bear down in these next two weeks and really get focused for that Regional meet.'
Freshmen Anita Campbell (Vancouver., B.C.) and Brooke Lademan (Rolling Hills, Calif.) joined Tyler in the top-25, placing 17th and 23rd, respectively, while sophomore Amy Lia (Bothell, Wash.) ran 31st in her first cross country race since the 2003 NCAA Championships. Redshirt freshman Dani Schuster (Kennewick, Wash.) was the team's fifth finisher in 39th place, her time of 22:35 a full 90 seconds behind team leader Tyler.
Washington's men earned a top-four finish for the fourth-consecutive year, while the Husky women accomplished the feat for the 15 time in the last 17 seasons. Additionally, both UW teams posted a top-10 individual finisher for the third-consecutive season, and the 10th time in school history.
For complete results from the 2005 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, visit www.arizonathletics.com.