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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz.— Competing in its first Pac-12 Championships, the COLORADO men's and women's cross country teams announced their arrival in the Conference, sweeping the men's and women's titles at Wigawam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. ARIZONA's Lawi Lalang was the individual men's winner and WASHINGTON'S Katie Flood won the women's race.

Running on a flat, dry course, Lalang never trailed, winning the men's race with a time of 22:37, the fastest winning time since the race was re-contested in 1969. There were no races contested from 1959-68.

"I really prepared for this race. I had been looking forward to this, especially since this is my first [Pac-12] Championship," said Lalang after the race. "It was a smooth, nice and flat course. I feel good winning because I know this is a strong conference."

STANFORD's Chris Derrick was in second place with a time of 22:45, followed by CU's Richard Medina, who crossed the finish line with a time of 22:54. Lalang is the first Wildcat winner since Robert Cheseret in 2005.

Led by Medina, the Buffs had three runners in the top 10 and all scoring runners finished in the top 15, collecting 46 points. The Cardinal, who were the two-time defending champions coming into the meet, had two runners in the top five and collected 53 points to finish a close second. OREGON was third with 93 points, UCLA was fourth (122), placing a runner in the top 10, and CALIFORNIA was fifth (140).

WASHINGTON STATE came in sixth in the team competition, posting 148 points, WASHINGTON had 153 points, Arizona was eighth with 190 points and ARIZONA STATE was ninth with 195 points. Two-thirds of the nine-team men's field were ranked in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.

On the women's side, it was close individual competition for most of the race. Flood, the 2010 Newcomer of the Year, was among the top four in the final loop, but pull away until the final 5k, winning the race by eight seconds over STANFORD's Kathy Kroeger. Flood crossed the finish line with a time of 19:32, with Kroeger following in a time of 19:40.

"There was no point in the race where I thought I was going to win it," said Flood about her win. "With 800 meters to go, I felt pretty good. Coming down the final stretch, I didn't know where everyone was. But I felt good and ran it in as fast as I could and hoped for the best."

OREGON's Jordan Hasay, last year's individual champion, was third running the 6k-race in a time of 19:50. Shalaya Kipp was the first CU runner to cross the finish line, placing fourth overall with a time of 19:54, with teammate Emma Coburn rounding out the top five at a time of 19:50.

In the women's team race, the Buffaloes had three scoring runners in the top 10 and all placed in the top 20 for 50 points. The Huskies were second with 71 points, with Stanford finishing a close third with 73 points. The Ducks were fourth (87) and Arizona placed fifth (126).

In sixth place was host Arizona State, collecting 168 points and led by Shelby Houlihan who placed eighth with a time of 20:15. In seventh place was CALIFORNIA (190), who was running without All-American Deborah Maier. UTAH's Amanda Mergaert was a top-10 finisher and the team collected 205 points for eighth place. OREGON STATE was ninth (249), UCLA was 10th (288), Washington State was 11th (291) and USC had 384 for 12th.

Entering the meet, six of the 12 Pac-12 women's teams were ranked in the top 16 in the country in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches poll, with the Huskies garnering the highest ranking of any team at No. 2.

All teams are looking ahead to the NCAA Regionals held on Saturday, Nov. 12. The west regional will be hosted by Stanford. Colorado and Utah will be headed to the Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah. The teams and individual runners that qualify will move on to the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

1. Colorado 50
2. Washington 73
3. Stanford 75
4. Oregon 89
5. Arizona 104
6. Arizona State 168
7. California 190
8. Utah 205
9. Oregon State 249
10. UCLA 288
11. Washington State 291
12. USC 384

1. Katie Flood, WASH 19:32
2. Kathy Kroeger, STAN 19:40
3. Jordan Hasay, ORE 19:50
4. Shalaya Kipp, COLO 19:54
5. Emma Coburn, COLO 19:55
6. Jennifer, Bergman, ARIZ 20:00
7. Stephanie Marcy, STAN 20:13
8. Shelby Houlihan, ASU 20:15
9. Lara Darco, COLO 20:18
10. Amanda Mergaert, UTAH 20:21

1. Colorado 46
2. Stanford 53
3. Oregon 93
4. UCLA 122
5. California 140
6. Washington State 148
7. Washington 153
8. Arizona 190
9. Arizona State 195

1. Lawi Lalang, ARIZ 22:37
2. Chris Derrick STAN 22:45
3. Richard Medina, COLO 22:54
4. Jake Riley, STAN 22:55
5. Luke Puskedra, ORE 22:58
6. Andrew Wacker, COLO 23:24
7. Parker Stinson, ORE 23:28
8. Kent Morikawa, UCLA 23:29
9. Joseph Bosshard, COLO 23:30
10. Brendan Gregg, STAN 23:32

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