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Cross Country Teams Travel to Oregon for NCAA West Regionals
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/10/2009
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Nov. 10, 2009

THIS WEEK: The Washington State cross country teams travel to Springfield, Oregon, to compete in the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Meet Saturday, November 14, hosted by the University of Oregon...men's 10,000m race begins at 9:45 a.m. while the women's 6,000m race starts at 10:45 a.m.

THE WEST REGIONALS: The NCAA West Regional Cross Country Meet is hosted by the University of Oregon and held at the Springfield Country Club...the course is all grass with three flat loops that takes runners mostly on fairways...the top two teams in each race as well as the top four individuals from non-qualifying teams receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, Monday, November 23...the West Region includes colleges from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, with the exception of Idaho State and Northern Arizona, who compete in the Mountain Region...below are the teams in the West Region that the Cougars will compete against and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national top-30 team rankings as of November 3, 2009:

Men (28 Teams) Arizona, No. 13 Arizona State, Boise State, California, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, No. 3 Oregon, Pepperdine, No. 7 Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, No. 1 Stanford, UCLA, No. 17 Washington, Washington State.

Women (28 Teams) No. 24 Arizona, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 27 California, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 5 Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, No. 14 Stanford, UCLA, USC, No. 1 Washington, Washington State.

For more information and results, visit http://www.goducks.com.

WSU MEN THIS WEEKEND: The Cougar men will send seven runners to Oregon, including seniors Sam Ahlbeck (Renton, Wash.), Mark Moeller (Spokane, Wash.), who finished 27th at the West Regionals last year, and Dominic Smargiassi (Auburn, Wash.), junior Dan Geib (Reno, Nev.), sophomores Justin Englund (Federal Way, Wash.) and Jono Lafler (Maple Valley, Wash.), as well as freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane, Wash.).

COUGAR COACH Pete Julian's TAKE ON THE MEN'S SIDE: "I think we have a pretty solid shot," said Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian. "We're ranked 18th in the West Region right now but I feel like we are a little better than that. We had a bit of a hiccup at the Pac-10 meet where the lads didn't run so well, but I feel good about our training over the last couple weeks and everyone seems healthy so I'm optimistic. I think these guys have an outside chance of qualifying for the NCAA championships. Individually, this team is a mixed bag. I think we've had a different front-runner every week but it's a nice problem to have so I think it could be any one of the five guys. Moeller ran tremendously well at the Pac-10's and I think over the 10k distance he will flourish with the extra 2k. Any number of our guys could be our number one man, but what is more important is where our fifth man finishes which will determine whether we go to the NCAA Championships or not."

WSU WOMEN THIS WEEKEND: The WSU women will be represented by seniors Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, British Columbia), Marisa Sandoval (Los Alamos, N.M.) and Chelsea VanDeBrake (Yakima, Wash.), juniors Amanda Andrews (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Ashlee Wall (Walla Walla, Wash.), sophomore Emily Farrar (Bainbridge, Wash.) as well as freshman Caroline Austin (Chehalis, Wash.).

COUGAR COACH Pete Julian's TAKE ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE: "The women will improve from the way they ran at the Pac-10 Championships," Coach Julian said. "That was a rough day for us. We want to get in there and we want to be competitive and take a crack at some of the Pac-10 teams that beat us. On the individual side, Lisa Egami has a shot to go to the NCAA Championships as an individual qualifier. She is running tremendously this year and she is looking great in practice and seems to be hitting it at the right time. I would guess she is going to be right there on the bubble. It's going to come down to a place or two and hopefully she is on the good side of that."

LAST YEAR AT THE WEST REGIONALS: The Cougar men finished ninth with 298 points while the women finished 10th with 328 points in the 2008 West Regional Meet...six WSU men from last year's meet are competing this season (2008 place and time), including Mark Moeller, 27th (30:33.9), Sam Ahlbeck, 56th (30:52.2), Justin Englund, 72nd (31:23.5), David Hickerson, 75th (31:26.7), Dominic Smargiassi, 83rd (31:41.8), and Jono Lafler, 126th (32:54.2)...there are four returning women including Lisa Egami, 43rd (21:15.2), Marisa Sandoval, 101st (22:11.5), Amanda Andrews, 105th (22:13.9), and Emily Farrar, 125th (22:36.0).

RUNNERS RAMBLINGS BLOG: The Cougar Cross Country blog is up and running this season, keeping fans up to date on the team with posts from captains Lisa Egami and Sam Ahlbeck along with guest bloggers...to get your latest news and updates on the cross country teams, visit www.wsucougars.com.

NEXT COMPETITION: The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be held at Terre Haute, Ind., Monday, November 23.

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