Nov. 12, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - Washington State University sophomore Haley Paul finished ninth and led the WSU women's cross country team to an eighth place finish at the NCAA West Regional Meet held on the Stanford Golf Course mid-day Saturday.
"I just wanted to go out today and do what I've been doing all year; no miracles but just run a consistent and solid race and that's what I did," Paul said post race. "I'm really happy so I can lay it on the line next week (at the NCAA Championships)."
Paul, from Phoenix, Arizona, ran the 6,000m course in a time of 20-minutes, 27.5 seconds. Redshirt freshman Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) was 35th in a time of 21:29.1. The Cougar trio of Kayle Peterson (84th), Isley Gonzalez (85th), and Kelly Ramirez (86th) rounded out the WSU scoring contingent. Natalie Smith (115th) and Marisa Sandoval (116th) were the final Cougar women racers.
"Haley ran a great race again, as usual," Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake said. "She will easily advance to the national meet so that's good. Meghan Leonard ran a very good race to finish in the top 40."
Stanford's Arianna Lambie won the women's individual title (19:29.3) as five Cardinal women finished in the top eight to win the team title with 24 points. Arizona State was second with 48 points and WSU women's team finished eighth with 299 points. The Pacific-10 Conference had six of the top ten women's teams in the 30-team competition.
Arizona's Robert Cheseret won the men's 10k race in a time of 30-minutes 3.3 seconds as the Wildcats placed four runners in the top ten to take the team title with 33 points. The Stanford men were second with 80 points.
WSU redshirt freshman Drew Polley was the first Cougar man to cross the finish line at 48th in a time of 31:24.9. Redshirt junior Ryan Freimuth was 55th followed by Woody Favinger (61st), Chris Concha (63rd) and Chris Williams (74th) for a team total of 301 points and 11th place among the 23 men's teams. WSU's men were the sixth Pac-10 team to finish at the Regional meet.
"I think our men were all pretty solid today and I was pleased with them," Drake said. "They just ran so well the other week it would be hard to match that again. They did well for being so young and inexperienced."
The at-large individual invitations to the NCAA Cross Country Championships (Nov. 21, Terre Haute, Ind.) will be issued Sunday, Nov. 13.
Men's NCAA West Regionals, Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif. (10,000m)
November 12, 2005
Men's Top Team Results: 1. Arizona 33; 2. Stanford 80; 3. Arizona State 100; T4. Washington 106 and Portland 106; 6. Oregon 153; 7. Cal Poly 166; 8. California 205; 9. UC Santa Barbara 271; 10. Long Beach State 295; 11. Washington State 301.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 30:03.3; 2. Obed Muntanya (Arizona) 30:05.7; 3. Casey Burchell (Arizona State) 30:09.3; 4. Jonah Maiyo (Arizona) 30:19.8; 5. Mark Mandi (Washington) 30:21.4.
WSU Results: 48. Drew Polley 31:24.9; 55. Ryan Freimuth 31.33.7; 61. Woody Favinger 31:41.8; 63 Chris Concha 31:51.3; 74. Chris Williams 32:09.2; non-scoring - 81. Justin Ireland 32:26.7; 82. Sam Albeck 32:29.8.
Women's NCAA West Regionals, Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif. (6,000m)
November 12, 2005
Women's Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 24; 2. Arizona State 48; 3. Washington 117; 4. Oregon 139; 5. UCLA 196; 6. Portland 228; 7. San Diego State 290; 8. Washington State 299; 9. UC Irvine 310; 10. Long Beach State 311.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 19:29.3; 2. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 19:58.4; 3. Asheley Caldwell (UCLA) 20:12.5; 4. Teresa McWalter (Stanford) 20:16.8; 5. Kathleen Trotter (Stanford) 20:17.1.
WSU Results: 9. Haley Paul 20:27.5; 35. Meghan Leonard 21:29.1; 84. Kayle Peterson 22:32.4; 85. Isley Gonzalez 22:33.3; 86. Kelly Ramirez 22:33.7; 115. Natalie Smith 22:59.5; 116. Marisa Sandoval 23:00.1.