Oct. 27, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State men's cross country team will compete in the 41st annual Pacific-10 Championships in Long beach, California, Friday, October 30, hosted by the University of Southern California while the women will race in the 24th annual meet...men's 8,000m race starts at 3 p.m. while the women's 6,000m race will begin at 4 p.m.
THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10 Championships are hosted by USC and held at the Skylinks Golf Course...runners will be competing on a flat terrain course that features mostly grass with short sections of cart path...the 26th-ranked Cougar men will be competing against top-ranked Stanford, as well as returning Pac-10 and NCAA champion No. 2 Oregon, No. 13 Washington, and No. 16 Arizona State...the WSU women will be racing against No. 1 Washington, No. 8 Oregon, No. 12 Stanford, and No. 17 Arizona...each team is allowed a maximum of 10 runners with five scoring and two used for team scoring displacement...for more information and results, visit http://www.pac-10.org.
WSU MEN THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State men, coming off an impressive seventh place finish at the ISU Pre-Nationals Meet, will send nine runners to California, including seniors Sam Ahlbeck (Renton, Wash.), Mark Moeller (Spokane, Wash.), and Dominic Smargiassi (Auburn, Wash.), juniors David Hickerson (Spokane, Wash.) Dan Geib (Reno, Nev.), sophomores Justin Englund (Federal Way, Wash.), Peter Miller (Spokane, Wash.) and Jono Lafler (Maple Valley, Wash.), who placed 40th at Pre-Nationals, as well as freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane, Wash.).
COUGAR COACH Pete Julian's TAKE ON THE MEN'S SIDE: "I think right now we are projected to finish fifth and the Pac-10, being as competitive as it is, that would be a good showing for us," Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian said. "There are a couple teams ahead of us, namely Arizona State and University of Washington that we want to be competitive with and maybe we can etch out a victory over one of those two teams. We have such a deep men's team so any nine guys could be our number one man on the day so I expect all of them to run well."
WSU WOMEN THIS WEEKEND: The Cougar women will be represented by seniors Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, British Columbia), who finished 31st at the Pac-10 Championships last year, 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 had a rough go a couple of weeks ago at Pre-Nationals but the training has been very good the last two weeks and they will run better this weekend," Julian said. "I think even though they are projected to finish towards the bottom of the Pac-10, I expect a different outcome. I think they can be a top six team. Lisa Egami has been our team leader all year. She looks great with the training the last few weeks and she seems healthy and I would be quite happy if she could finish in the top-20."
LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: In 2008, the Cougar men finished sixth with 169 points while the women scored 188 and finished fifth...WSU men are racing seven runners who competed last year, including Mark Moeller, 26th (24:31.3), Sam Ahlbeck, 39th (24:52.6), Dominic Smargiassi, 41st (24:55.8), Justin Englund, 57th (25:24.4), David Hickerson, 59th (25:28.5), Jono Lafler, 61st (25:29.2), and Peter Miller, 67th (25:45.9)...there are seven returning women runners who scored last year, including Lisa Egami, 31st (21:08.7), Michelly Folley, 42nd (21:45.2), Amanda Andrews, 59th (21:51.0), Chelsea VanDeBrake, 60th (21:51.77), Emily Farrar, 79th (22:29.3), Marisa Sandoval, 82nd (22:48.1), and Ashlee Wall, 83rd (22:55.6).
COUGAR HISTORY AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: WSU hosted the Pac-10 Championships in 2003...eight Cougar men have won the individual title since 1969...two WSU men have won the Pac-10 race in the last 20 years, Bernard Lagat (1997) and Josephat Kapkory (1992 and 1993)...five Cougar men have finished in the top-20...Ryan Gilmore placed 11th in 2000, Danny Wolf placed ninth in 2004, Woody Favinger placed 18th and Alex Grant placed 19th in 2006, and Drew Polley placed 18th in 2008...the last Cougar women to place in the top 20 were Everlyne Lagat, who finished fourth in 2001, Anna Blue, who finished 20th in 2002, Haley Paul who finished sixth in 2005 and 11th in 2006, Isley Gonzalez who finished eighth in 2007, and Sara Trané who finished 19th in 2008...Jennifer Bravard won the Pac-10 Championship in 1989, the only Cougar woman ever to take the title.
NCAA RANKINGS: The Cougar men's cross country team is ranked 6th in the West Region in the October 19, 2009, Division I Cross Country Regional Rankings and are tied with Duke for 26th in the October 20, 2009, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rankings, the first time a Cougar team has been ranked in the national poll in six years...the women's team is not ranked...West Region rankings include Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho.
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: WSU will train for the next two weeks for the NCAA West Regional Championships in Springfield, Oregon, Saturday, November 14, 2009, hosted by Oregon