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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Run Hard at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/28/2000
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Oct. 28, 2000

SEATTLE-- The Washington State women's cross country team captured fifth while the men placed seventh at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Saturday.

Three Cougar women finished in the top 20 to propel the team to fifth place. Junior Ryan Gilmore led the team by finishing 11th overall, the fifth consecutive week she has been WSU's top finisher. Seniors Alishia Booterbaugh and Megan Maynard came in just behind Gilmore, finishing 16th and 17th respectively. Also running well for the Cougars, Jenny Filipy finished 37th, followed by Greta Johnson 43rd, Anna Blue 47th and Ana Cabrera 51st.

"The team did a good job working together," WSU coach James Li said. "Our hope of going to the NCAA Championships is very much alive."

Stanford won the women's meet with 51 points, followed by Arizona State 67, Arizona 79, Washington 83, Washington State 124, UCLA 134, Oregon 140, USC 226 and California 254. The meet marked the WSU women's best Pac-10 finish since 1990, and the first time they have beaten perennial favorite Oregon since 1989.

Sophomore Jon Welsh stepped up to lead the WSU men's with his 21st place finish. Welsh, who is still getting back into cross country shape after attending an army parachute camp in Georgia this summer, continues to improve with each race this season. Junior Oscar Franco-Parra, who has consistently led the team this season, came in right behind Welsh in 22nd. Other Cougar finishers include Kyle Barker 44th, Scott Johnson 50th, Loren Childers 53rd, Jim Neeway 55th and Kurt Hicks 56th.

Stanford's men won the meet with 21 points, followed by Oregon 66, Arizona 70, Arizona State 114, Washington 117, UCLA 142, Washington State 190 and California 195. The WSU men's seventh place finish is an improvement from last year's eighth.

WSU's next competition will be at the NCAA West Regional Championships, November 11, at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash., 8,000 meters) October 28, 2000
Men's Team Results: 1. Stanford 21, 2. Oregon 66, 3. Arizona 70, 4. Arizona State 114, 5. Washington 117, 6. UCLA 142, 7. Washington State 190, 8. California 195.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Jonathon Riley (Stanford) 23:39.59, 2. Jason Hartmann (Oregon) 23:47.37, 3. Louis Luchini (Stanford) 23:49.53, 4. Grant Robison (Stanford) 23:50.17, 5. Tom Prindiville (Arizona) 23:50.47, 6. Thomas Murley (Stanford) 23:54.33, 7. Donald Sage (Stanford) 23:56.61, 8. Bryan Green (UCLA) 23:57.57, 9. David Lopez (Arizona) 24:00.97, 10. Michael Kasahun (Oregon) 23:04.58.
WSU Results: 21. Jon Welsh 24:26.98, 22. Oscar Franco-Parra 24:29.93, 44. Kyle Barker 25:16.08, 50. Scott Johnson 26:05.45, 53. Loren Childers 26:15.45, 55. Jim Neeway 26:51.84, 56. Kurt Hicks 27:17.41.

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash., 6,000 meters) October 28, 2000
Women's Team Results: 1. Stanford 51, 2. Arizona State 67, 3. Arizona 79, 4. Washington 83, 5. Washington State 124, 6. UCLA 134, 7. Oregon 140, 8. USC 226, 9. California 254.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Tara Chaplin (Arizona) 20:10.67, 2. Lisa Aguilera (ASU) 20:19.95, 3. Lauren Fleshman (Stanford) 20:34.84, 4. Camissa Matson (Washington) 20:42.08, 5. Victoria Chang (Stanford) 20:45.01, 6. Elena Villarreal (Stanford) 20:45.70, 7. Mary Duarbeck (ASU) 20:47.31, 8. Katrin Engelen (Arizona) 20:50.84, 9. Hanna Smedstad (Oregon) 20:51.52, 10. Kate Bradshaw (Washington) 20:55.01.
WSU Results: 11. Ryan Gilmore 20:55.98, 16. Alishia Booterbaugh 21:22.72, 17. Megan Maynard 21:23.12, 37. Jenny Filipy 22:20.62, 43. Greta Johnson 22:55.05, 47. Anna Blue 22:55.05, 51. Ana Cabrera 23:05.06.

Washington State Cougars Athletics
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