Nov. 14, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Washington State University senior Lisa Egami had an impressive 11th place finish at the NCAA Division I West Region Cross Country Meet at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Oregon. The women's team finished 15th with 410 points while the men finished 10th with 268 points.
"It was a break through race for Lisa," Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian said. "It was the best race of her collegiate career and being a senior it is big and she is probably going the NCAA Championships as an individual. We're excited for that and it would be wonderful to have a representative from the university at the NCAA championships."
Senior Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, B.C.) ran the 6,000m race in a time of 21 minutes, 18 seconds and has a chance to get an individual at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, Monday, November 23, 2009. This is the highest finish for a WSU woman at the West Regionals since Haley Paul finished ninth in 2005 with a time of 20:27.5 to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships.
"I went out with the lead pack and even though the course was muddy and slow, it worked well in my favor," Lisa Egami noted. "I stuck with that group and was able to match the runners around me. We've been doing a lot of speed work the past couple of weeks and I think that helped a lot. I just kept looking ahead of me and picking off girls one at a time."
The WSU women finishing behind Egami were senior Chelsea VanDeBrake, 82nd (22:44.4), sophomore Emily Farrar, 94th (22:53.2), senior Marisa Sandoval, 122nd (23:18.1), and junior Amanda Andrews, 127th (23:29.6) all scoring. WSU women competing out of the scoring were freshman Caroline Austin, 133rd (23:37.5) and junior Ashlee Wall, 153rd (24:05.2).
"The women did a lot better than they did at the Pac-10s," Coach Julian said. "It was a remarkable improvement and I liked the way they raced. They got in there and fought all the way and got in a better position. Although it is not where we want to be, I'm happy with how they finished their season."
No. 1 Washington won the 25-team women's race with 25 points and had the individual winner in Kendra Schaaf who finished the race in a time of 20:41.7.
Sophomore Justin Englund led the Cougar men with a 41st place finish in a time of 31:53.0. The rest of the WSU scorers included seniors Sam Ahlbeck, 51st (32:00.9) and Mark Moeller, 57th (32:11.6), sophomore Jono Lafler, 58th (32:12.3), and junior Dan Geib, 66th (32:22.3). Cougar men competing but not scoring included freshman Andrew Kimpel, 68th (32:27.2) and Dominic Smargiassi, 99th (33:09.4).
Stanford's Chris Derrick, coming off a victory at the Pacific-10 Championships, was the individual winner with a time of 30:38.0 and led the number one ranked team to a victory in the 28-team race with 27 points.
"The men ran pretty well," said Julian. "It's not quite where we need to be yet to qualify for the NCAA Championships. We needed a couple more guys running up towards the front to finish in that top six or seven but it ended up being a good season. They did things this year that makes me optimistic for the future."
Men's Results NCAA West Regionals (Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. 10,000m) November 14, 2009 Men's Team Results: 1. Stanford 27, 2. Portland 84, 3. Oregon 109, 4. Washington 120, 5. Cal Polly 155, 5. Arizona State 155, 7. UCLA 207, 8. California 217, 8. UC Santa Barbara 217, 10. Washington State 268. Top Five Individuals: 1. Chris Derrick (Stanford) 30:38.0; 2. Elliot Heath (Stanford) 30:38.9; 3. Justin Marpole-Bird (Stanford) 30:42.2; 4. Scott Smith (UC Santa Barbara) 30:42.6; 5. Tommy Beterbed (Portland) 30:42.9. WSU Results: 41. Justin Englund 31:53.0; 51. Sam Ahlbeck 32:00.9; 57. Mark Moeller 32:11.6; 58. Jono Lafler 32:12.3; 66. Dan Geib 32:22.3; 68. Andrew Kimpel 32.27.2; 99. Dominic Smargiassi 33:09.4
Women's Results NCAA West Regionals (Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. 6,000m) November 14, 2009 Women's Team Results: 1. Washington 25, 2. Oregon 66, 3. Stanford 94, 4. Arizona State 119, 5. Arizona 202, 6. UC Santa Barbara 228, 7. UC Davis 232, 8. California 255, 9. Oregon State 302, 10. San Francisco 304, 15. Washington State 410. Top Five Individuals: 1. Kendra Schaaf (Washington) 20:41.7; 2. Jordan Hasay (Oregon) 20:52.4; 3. Marie Lawrence (Washington) 20:58.8; 4. Kailey Campbell (Washington) 21:00.3; 5. Nicole Blood (Oregon) 21:01.00. WSU Results: 11. Lisa Egami 21:18.2; 82. Chelsea VanDeBrake 22:44.4; 94. Emily Farrar 22:53.2; 122. Marisa Sandoval 23:18.1; 127. Amanda Andrews 23:29.6; 133. Caroline Austin 23:37.5; 153. Ashlee Wall 24:05.2.