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Everlyne Lagat Finishes Fourth at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/27/2001
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Oct. 27, 2001

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Washington State University cross country women's team finished sixth and men's team placed seventh at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships amid 90-degree temperatures Saturday at Scottsdale, Arizona.

The women's race nearly finished in national poll standings order with No. 1 Stanford first followed by No. 7 Arizona State, No. 11 Arizona, but No. 22 UCLA was fourth and #13 Washington fifth. WSU took sixth followed by USC, Oregon and California.

Cougar junior Everlyne Lagat finished the 6,000 meters course in fourth place with a time of 20 minutes and 48 seconds. Anna Blue was the next WSU placer at 24th (22:04.9). Stanford's Lauren Fleshman won the race in 20:08.1.

"Everlyne Lagat ran a great race, on a hot day like this, and the women's team performed exactly as I thought they could," Cougar Coach James Li said.

On the men's side, Stanford, ranked No. 2, won easily, followed by No. 19 Arizona State while No. 20 Oregon placed third. No. 13 Arizona finished fourth followed by No. 24 Washington, UCLA, No. 26 WSU, and California.

The men's 8,000 meters race was won by Stanford's Grant Robison in a time of 24:04.0. Senior Oscar Franco-Parra was the top Cougar runner, finishing 16th in a time of 25:07.1. Ian Johnson, who has paced the WSU men through the fall, finished 42nd, fifth among WSU's runners. Senior Jon Welsh dropped out about halfway through the race for no apparent reason.

"It was the worst case for the men's team and I am disappointed," Li said. "I think we got ahead of ourselves with how good we could be but if we don't run a good race, you can't beat anybody."

The Cougars will run at the Western Regional Championships at Tucson, Nov. 10.

Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships (Scottsdale, 8,000 meters)
October 27, 2001
Men's Team Results:  1. Stanford 28,  2. Arizona State 75,  3. Oregon 78,  4. Arizona 96,  5. Washington 102,  6. UCLA 148,  7. Washington State 163,  8. California 192.
Top Ten Individuals:  1. Grant Robison (Stanford) 24:04.0,  2. Fasil Bizunah (ASU) 24:06.4,  3. Donald Sage (Stanford) 24.11.4,  4. Jason Fayant (UW) 24:17.7,  5. Ian Dobson (Stanford) 24:26.3,  6. Jason Hartmann (Oregon) 24:30.9,  7. Daniel Parris (Stanford) 24:35.8,  8. Ronnie Buchanan (ASU) 24:52.6,  9.Juan Reyes (ASU) 24:53.8,  10. Kyle Goklish (Arizona) 25:00.1.
WSU Results:  16. Oscar Franco-Parra 25:07.1,  33. Scott Johnson 25:55.4,  Mike Heidt 25:58.3,  38. Kyle Barker 26:10.7,  42. Ian Johnson 26:31.8,  45.Mark Wicklander 26:36.1.

Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships (Scottsdale, 6,000 meters) October 27, 2001 Women's Team Results: 1. Stanford 27, 2. Arizona 64, 3. Arizona State 79, 4. UCLA 107, 5. Washington 109, 6. Washington State 155, 7. USC 168, 8. Oregon 210, 9. California 259. Top Ten Individuals: 1. Lauren Fleshman (Stanford) 20:08.1, 2. Sara Bei (Stanford) 20:17.4, 3. Tara Chaplin (Arizona) 20:19.6, 4. Everlyne Lagat (WSU) 20:48.0, 5. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 20:56.0, 6. Lisa Gibbs (UW) 20:56.5, 7. Lisa Aguilera (ASU) 21:00.4, 8. Mariel Ettinger (Stanford) 21:09.7, 9. Brianna Torres (ASU) 21:10.3, 10. Kelly MacDonald (ASU) 21:12.7. WSU Results: 4. Everlyne Lagat 21:48.0, 24. Anna Blue 22:04.9, 38. Ryan Gilmore 23:10.1, Jenny Filipy 23:14.8, 49. April Gagner 23:52.1, 52. Hillary Smith 24:15.9, 53. Molly Bull 24:22.9.

Washington State Cougars Cross Country
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