WSU CAREER. SENIOR (2001-02): Cross Country - Ran to a 61st place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (11/19/01, Greenville)…top WSU, 16th overall at both the Pac-10 Championships (10/27/01, Scottsdale) and the NCAA West Regional Champs (11/10/01, Tucson).
JUNIOR (2000-2001): Cross Country - Won first three meets of season and was WSU's top placer in three of the last four races…finished 53rd at 28th Memorial Cross Country Classic at Ames, Iowa (1-/14/00)…placed 22nd (2nd on team) at Pac-10 Championships (10/28/00, Seattle)…also 22nd at NCAA West Region Championships (11/11/00, Fresno) but tops on team…Indoor - Eighth in 5k at MPSF Championships (2/23/01, Flagstaff…Outdoor - Finished fifth in the 10k at the Pac-10 Championships (5/20/01, Berkeley) in time of 29:51.53…clocked in with 5k PR of 14:37. 94 at Cougar Invite (4/27/01, Pullman).
SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): Cross Country - Won the Idaho Invitational (9/10/99, Moscow)…finished 39th 3rd on team) at Pac-10 Championships (10/30/99, Long Beach)…37th at NCAA West Region Championships (11/13/99, Troutdale, Ore.) and second on team…Indoor - Ran PR in 5k of 14:42.83i at Husker Invitational (2/12/00, Lincoln)…also PRd in 3k of 8:25.21i at Vandal Indoor (2/18/00, Moscow)…Outdoor - Clocked in with 5000m PR time of 14:40.78 at Stanford Invitational (3/26/00).
FRESHMAN (1998-99): Cross Country - Third WSU runner and 74th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships...he was the fourth fastest freshman in the race...fourth Cougar finisher and 33rd overall at the West Regional Championships at Fresno...fourth on team and 30th overall at Pac-10 Championships…Indoor - Ran mile in 4:26.17i (1/23/99, Cheney)…clocked 3k in time of 8:33.38i (2/6/99, Moscow)…placed 7th in 5k with time of 15:09.43i at MPSF Championships (2/20/99, Reno)…finished 8th in 3k at MPSF Champs…Outdoor - Ran a 1500m in 4:01.33 at WSU Invite (5/8/99, Pullman)…12th 5k at Pac-10 Championships (5/21/99, Tempe).
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned three varsity letters in track and cross country for coach Ken Bell at Sunset High...senior year placed second at state cross country championships after winning district crown...team finished sixth in state...named to all-state and All-Metro first team cross country...earned scholar-athlete honors...selected team most valuable…best times junior year were 2:08 in the 800m, 4:12 in the 1500m and 9:22 in the 3k.
PERSONAL. Born 6/12/79 in Mexico...father Oscar Franco is in sales...mother Gabriela Parra...brother Luis Daniel (8/22/91)...sister Cynthia Gabriela (10/24/83)...majoring in international business at WSU.
FRANCO-PARRA'S WSU BESTS Mile - 4:26.17i (1999) 1500m - 4:01.33 (5/8/99, Pullman) 3000m - 8:25.21i (2000) 5000m - 14:37.94 (2001) 10,000m - 29:51.53 (2001)
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