Tyler Named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year

Dec. 1, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington freshman Tori Tyler's outstanding debut collegiate cross country season continued Thursday when she was named Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year, one of six conference awards announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. Tyler is the first Washington athlete in the 31-year history of Pac-10 Conference cross country to win one of the conference's postseason indidivual awards.

A native of Los Altos, Calif., Tyler led the Huskies at three of five races this fall, including three top-10 individual finishes. Tyler's eighth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships was the highest by any Pac-10 true freshman, and earned Tyler second-team all-conference honors. She also earned All-West Region honors with a 15th-place finish at November's NCAA West Regional, and was the fourth overall finisher at the season-opening Sundodger Invitational.

Tyler arrived at Washington on the heels of a state title in the 3,200 meters at California's state championship meet in June. She was named Female Prep Athlete of the Year in November by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and was honored with a plaque in San Jose's HP Pavilion.

'Tori's gotten off to a terrific start,' Washington head coach Greg Metcalf said. 'It's easy for a freshman to come in and be a little tentative right off the bat, but she's just gone after it all season. She's a tribute to what you can do with enormous talent and a burning desire to get the most out of it.'

Other Pac-10 honorees included 2005 conference champions Robert Cheseret of Arizona and Arianna Lambie of Stanford as Men's and Women's Athletes of the Year, respectively, and California's Mark Matusak as Men's Newcomer of the Year. Stanford's Peter Tegen was named Coach of the Year for both genders after leading the Cardinal to their sixth-consecutive sweep of Pac-10 titles in his first season.

In addition, Thursday's awards announcement included the official release of the Pac-10 All-Conference teams. Washington senior Mark Mandi was named to the men's first-team after a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 meet, while freshman Tyler was a second-team honoree for the women.

For a complete list of Pac-10 Conference cross country honors and awards, visit www.pac-10.org.


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