Sara Trané Top WSU Finisher at Pre-Nationals Cross Country Meet

Oct. 13, 2007

Terre Haute, Ind. - The Washington State women's cross country team was led to a 17th-place finish by Sara Trané in the Blue section race at the Brooks Pre-Nationals Meet Saturday, Oct. 13, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at Terre Haute, Ind. The Cougar men came in 19th in the White section race.

Sophomore Sara Trané (Pixbo, Sweden) continued her consistent performance for the Cougars, finishing the 6,000m women's White race in 39th place with a time of 21-minutes, 6 seconds.

'Sara Trané had a great day for the women,' WSU Head Coach Jason Drake said.

Senior Isley Gonzalez (71st, 21:26.0), junior Meghan Leonard (80th, 21:29.5), senior Collier Lawrence (115th, 21:54.9), and freshman Ashlee Wall (169th, 22:27.9) also scored for WSU. Chelsea VanDeBrake and Lisa Egami finished 180th and 202nd, respectively. Trané, Gonzalez, and Leonard all improved on their times from last year's race. The women's team was 17th out of 38 teams competing in the women's Blue section race.

'Ashlee Wall had a nice day as a freshman,' Drake said.

WSU senior Andrew Jones helped the men to 19th place. Jones completed the 8,000 meter course with a time of 24-minutes, 12-seconds to place 62nd. The other scorers for the Cougars were seniors Drew Polley (83rd, 24;20.2) and senior Alex Grant (100th, 24:39), and sophomores Dan Geib (108th, 24:33.9) and Dominic Smargiassi (125th, 24:48.5). The men finished 19th overall in the 40-team field. Chris Williams placed 132nd for WSU.

'The men all ran pretty well,' Drake said. 'We averaged about 30 seconds faster than last year. Overall, it was a solid performance.'

The Pre-Nationals is divided into two seeded sections, Blue and White, for the 79 men's teams and 76 women's teams. The section races had the top-ranked programs divided equally among them to ensure top competition in each race.

UTEP was the top men's team in the White race, and Josh McDougal (Liberty) captured the individual title with a time of 22-minutes, 56 seconds. McDougal also won the individual champion in last year's white race. In the Blue race Lopez Lomong (23:30) won the race to help Northern Arizona to the team title.

Stanford repeated as the top women's team in the Blue race. Susan Kuijken (19:56) of Florida State was the individual champion. In the White race, the Princeton women's team won, and Jenny Baringer (19:49) of Colorado was the fastest individual runner.

In other competition Saturday, sophomore Sam Ahlbeck (25:40.8) finished fifth on an 8,000-meter course at the EWU invite. In the women's 6,000-meter race freshmen Marisa Sandoval (19:36.8) and Amanda Andrews (19:48.1) placed 12th and 13th respectively. Sophomore Becky Williams (21:32.7) also finished 26th for the WSU women.

Up next for the Cougars is the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Oct. 27, at Corvallis, Ore.

NCAA Pre-National Cross Country Meet (LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Terre Haute, Ind. 8,000m)
October 13, 2007

Men's White Race Top Team Results: 1. UTEP 129; 2. Colorado 155; 3. North Carolina State 182; 4. Michigan 208; 5. Notre Dame 261; 6. Stanford 264; 7. Minnesota 289; 8. Providence 301; 9. Arizona State 305; 10. Cal Poly 328. 19. Washington State 478.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Josh McDougal (Liberty) 22:56.4; 2. Jacob Korir (Eastern Kentucky) 23:00.6; 3. Stephen Pifer (Colorado) 23:16.7; 4. Brent Vaughn (Colorado) 23:16.8; 5. Patrick Smyth (Notre Dame) 23:18.2.
WSU Results: 62. Andrew Jones 24:12.0; 83. Drew Polley 24:20.2; 100. Alex Grant 24:39.6; 108. Dan Geib 24:33.9; 125. Dominic Smargiassi 24:48.5; 132. Chris Williams 24:51.4.
WSU Men's Open Race Results: 38. Luke Lemenager 25:27.1; 40. David Hickerson 25:28.5; 70. Sean Coyle 25:56.2.

NCAA Pre-National Cross Country Meet (LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Terre Haute, Ind. 6,000m)
October 13, 2007

Women's Blue Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 102; 2. Florida State 123; 3. Michigan State 178; 4. Minnesota 192; 5. Georgetown 210; 6. Colorado State 216; 7. Rice 224; 8. Northern Arizona 266; 9. Wisconsin 288; 10. North Carolina State 289. 17. Washington State 474.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Susan Kuijken (Florida State) 19:55.5; 2. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:00.1; 3. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:01.1; 4. Emily Harrison (Virginia) 20:04.8; 5. Melissa Grelli (Georgetown) 20:13.1.
WSU Results: 39. Sara Trané 21:06.2; 71. Isley Gonzalez 21:26.0; 80. Meghan Leonard 21:29.5; 115. Collier Lawrence 21:54.9; 169. Ashlee Wall 22:27.9; 180. Chelsea VanDeBrake 22:38.0; 202. Lisa Egami 22:57.9.

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