Oct. 30, 2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State men's cross country team finished sixth in the Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships at the Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, California, while the women took 10th.
The 26th-ranked Cougar men scored 163 points and were led by senior Mark Moeller (Spokane) who finished 17th in the 8,000m race in a time of 23 minutes, 39 seconds. Other Cougar scorers included senior Sam Ahlbeck, 26th (24:00.8), sophomore Justin Englund, 38th (24:27.6), freshman Andrew Kimpel, 47th (24:42.3), and junior Dan Geib, 49th (24:44.9). WSU men competing out of the scoring were sophomore Jono Lafler, 57th (25:00.0), sophomore Peter Miller, 59th (25:04.5), and senior Dominic Smargiassi, 63rd (25:32.3).
Mark Moeller's 17th place finish is the highest for a Cougar in the men's Pac-10 Championships since Danny Wolf placed ninth in 2004.
Stanford's Chris Derrick was the individual winner with a time of 22:35.0 while leading the No. 1 ranked squad to a victory in the eight team race with 28 points.
"It was a really disappointing day. About as disappointing as it could have been as far as execution and the way we raced," Cougar coach Pete Julian said. "The team is pretty down right now and we know we are a lot better (than today's finish). We will run much, much better in two weeks time. We are going to put this race behind us and move forward. I'm confident that the team will respond and run incredibly well in two weeks. The women are tremendously disappointed. This is not indicative of what the team is doing. We are extremely disappointed with the outcomes of both men's and women's races. We weren't ready to run today."
The Washington State women's team scored 251 points behind senior Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, B.C.) who finished 24th in the 6,000m race with a time of 20:40.4. The rest of the Cougar scorers included senior Chelsea VanDeBrake, 47th (21:30.0), junior Amanda Andrews, 65th (21:59.3), sophomore Emily Farrar, 70th (22:14.2), and junior Ashlee Wall, 76th (22:34.7). WSU women competing but not scoring included freshman Caroline Austin, 80th (22:56.1) and senior Marisa Sandoval, 83rd (23:24.8).
No. 1 Washington won the 10-team women's competition with 35 points and Oregon's Nicole Blood was the individual winner in a time of 19:41.7.
"Mark Moeller ran an incredible race and had one of the higher finishes for a Washington State runner. I'm pleased with that and he was a bright spot," Julian said. "Lisa Egami finished 24th and that was a huge improvement and a bright spot as well. These were a couple of individual performances I was pleased with but this is a team sport and we need to do well as a team."
The Cougar cross country teams next competition is November 14, at the NCAA West Region Championships at Springfield, Ore.
Men's Results Pac-10 Championships (Skylinks Golf Course, Long Beach, Calif. 8,000m) October 30, 2009 Men's Team Results: 1. Stanford 28, 2. Oregon 45, 3. Arizona State 88, 4. Washington 119, 5. UCLA 122, 6. Washington State 163, 7. California 180, 8. Arizona 193. Top Five Individuals: 1. Chris Derrick (Stanford) 22:35.0; 2. Brandon Bethke (Arizona State) 22:41.4; 3. Elliot Heath (Stanford) 22:52.0; 4. Luke Puskedra (Oregon) 23:05.0; 5. Matthew Centrowitz (Oregon) 23:09.3. WSU Results: 17. Mark Moeller 23:39.8; 26. Sam Ahlbeck 24:00.8; 38. Justin Englund 24:27.6; 47. Andrew Kimpel 24:42.3; 49 Dan Geib 24:44.9; 57. Jono Lafler 25:00.0; 59. Peter Miller 25:04.5; 63. Dominic Smargiassi 25:32.3.
Women's Results Pac-10 Championships (Skylinks Golf Course, Long Beach, Calif. 6,000m) October 30, 2009 Women's Team Results: 1. Washington 35, 2. Oregon 42, 3. Arizona State 110, 4. Stanford 111, 5. California 128, 6. Arizona 130, 7. UCLA 207, 8. Oregon State 239, 9. USC 250, 10. Washington State 251. Top Five Individuals: 1. Nicole Blood (Oregon) 19:41.7; 2. Kendra Schaaf (Washington) 19:46.1; 3. Jordan Hasy (Oregon) 19:48.9; 4. Marie Lawrence (Washington) 19:49.0; 5. Christine Babcock (Washington) 19:58.8. WSU Results: 24. Lisa Egami 20:40.4; 47 Chelsea VanDeBrake 21:30.0; 65. Amanda Andrews 21:59.3; 70. Emily Farrar 22:14.2; 76. Ashlee Wall 22:34.7; 80. Caroline Austin 22:56.1; 83. Marisa Sandoval 23:24.8.