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WAC Cross Country Championship Set for Saturday in Hawaii
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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Saturday, Oct. 29    Honolulu, Hawaii
Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships
Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course     

WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Men report to starting line, 7:45 a.m.
Men’s race (8K), 8:00 a.m.

Women report to starting line, 8:45 a.m.
Women’s race (5K), 9:00 a.m.

Awards ceremony to follow women’s race

WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

Fresno State Bulldogs

The Bulldogs did not compete this past week ... the team last competed at the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 15, finishing their final meet of the regular season ... Lyndsie Etherton, finished 14th with a time of 17:35 ... Ann Poythress trailed behind Etherton and led; Marrijtje Molenhuis, Meagan Paracholski, Carina Mendoza, Kristen Galvez, and Saylah Barserian ... on the men’s side, Paul Zwama led the Bulldogs finishing 28th with a time of 24:38 ... Eric Battles finished within the top competitors followed by; Olivier Bernard, Carson Keller, Michael Jamieson, Chriss Grimble, and Kevin Poythress ... the women’s team placed eighth and the men placed 11th.

Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine
In their final meet before the WAC Championships, Hawai’i finished second at the Chaminade Invitational Saturday at Central O’ahu Regional Park ... six UH runners placed in the Top 20 individually led by freshman Ariana Horton, who completed the 3-mile race in 19:26, her first career Top 10 finish ... behind her was junior Megan Dart, who placed 11th overall in 19:43 ... sophomore Evangeline Rehwaldt was 13th at 20:20 followed by freshman Heather Delgado (20:33, 17th), freshman Hayley Musashi (20:50, 18th), and junior Denise Nakamura (21:08, 20th) ... the Rainbow Wahine will host the WAC Championships, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course.

Idaho Vandals 
Idaho did not compete this past week ... the Vandals last competed at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitationl ... at the Bronco Invitational, Hannah Kiser, a second-year Vandal, showed no signs of slowing down from her break-neck pace so far this season with an individual title in the women’s invitational race at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday ... with a time of 16:55.3, Kiser was the only runner in the field of 175 to finish the 5000m race in less than 17 minutes and outdistanced the next-best collegiate runner by more than a 12-second margin, leading the Vandal women to a fourth-place team finish at the meet with a score of 126 ... junior Barry Britt led the men’s team with a 16th overal with a time of 24:21.5 on the 8000m course.

Louisiana Tech

Alwayne Green ran a meet-best 15:15.5 and Louisiana Tech tallied a meet-best 23 points as the men’s team claimed the team title at the Demon Invitational in Natchitoches Friday ... Green’s time in the three mile race bested all other competitors while Matt Wolfe placed fourth with a time of 15:32.9 ... the men’s team finished first out of seven schools ... the women’s team finished third out of seven, falling to ULL and Northwestern State but beating Centenary as the scored 93 points ... Mary Kate Hays led the women’s team with a time of 21:23.4 as she finished 16th ... the WAC championship is up next for LA Tech.

Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada did not compete this past week in preparation for this week’s WAC Championship in Hawaii ... Nevada placed 16th at the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 15 ... Nevada scored 405 points in the 21-team invitational ... for the third-straight meet, Nevada was led by sophomore Johanna Olsson who placed 47th running 18:12.0 ... senior Jenifer McEntire was 54th at 18:15.9 ... freshman Caitlin Devitt-Payne ran 18:27.0 good enough for 77th while juniors Gloria Sosa (18:50.6) and Nicole Painter (18:56.4) placed 111 and 116, respectively ... next for the Wolf Pack will be the WAC Championships on October 29 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... while the Pack will compete for a conference championship next week, it still has one more regular season meet competing at the Doc Adams Invitational on Nov. 5 in Davis, Calif.

New Mexico State Aggies

After a successful regular season campaign, New Mexico State prepares for the WAC on Saturday in Hawai’i ... the Aggies will be returning to the WAC Championships after finishing second on the men’s side and third on the women’s side ... the highlight for NM State from the 2010 WAC Championships was the individual results, where junior Courtney Schultz and twin sister Camille finished first and second respectively in the women’s 5K ... the men’s squad in 2010 finished the WAC Championships as even Aggies finished in the top 25 overall, with the top performance coming from Sophomore Kevin Palmer with a time of 25:09.36 in the 8K, good for seventh overall.

San Jose State Spartans 

San Jose State did not compete this past week ... the team last competed at the Bronco Invitational on October 15 in Sunnyvale, Calif ... at that event, Kellen Cole led the Spartans for the second time ... the sophomore finished the 8K course through Baylands Regional Park in 26:46.6 and finished in 43rd place ... the SJSU women finished in 10th place out of 17 teams in the Open and in 21st place as a team in the Invitational ... Sasha Martinez and Aylin Mejia were San Jose State’s top finishers in each race. Martinez, in the open, completed the 5K course through Baylands Regional Park in 20:06.0 and finished in 52nd place ... the Bronco Invitational was the Spartans’ last race before they head off to Hawai’I to compete in the WAC Championship on October 29.

Utah State Aggies
Utah State’s men’s look to get back to winning ways as they won five-straight WAC Cross Country Championships from 2005-2009 before finishing third in 2010 ... USU’s women’s team will try to win their first WACchampionship since the 2008 season as they finished second in 2009 and 2010 ... senior captain Brian McKenna has led the USU men’s cross country team all season coming in as the top Aggie finisher in each race ... USU’s tandem of Brian McKenna, his young brother Kyle McKenna as well as Daniel Howell have finished in the top 50 three times this season, finishing in the top 10 together twice ... USU;s men’s and women’s cross country teams received the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic Award in 2010 for the fourth year in a row that both the Aggie men and women have earned the team honors.

WAC NOTES

LOUISIANA TECH’S GREEN AND HAYS NAMED VERIZON WAC CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Louisiana Tech’s Alwayne Green and Mary Kate Hays have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 17-23.

Green, a junior from Oxford, Jamaica (Manchester HS), won the Demon Invitational Friday with a three-mile time of 15:15.5 to claim Louisiana Tech’s first individual title in a men’s cross country meet this year. Green’s top time helped pace Louisiana Tech to a team win as well.

Hays, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, La. (The Dunham School), led the Lady Techsters at the Demon Invitational Friday with a three-mile time of 21:23.4. She was the team’s top finisher with a 16th place finish, helping the team to third place.

WAC CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2011 WAC Cross Country Championship travels to Honolulu, Hawaii. This year’s championships will be hosted by the University of Hawaii and will take place at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Utah State men and New Mexico State women claimed the championships last year.

October 29, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii
Host: University of Hawaii
Course: Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Marine Corps Base
Admission: Free - All spectators must contact the head coach of the team they are supporting or the WAC office (bjones@wac.org) in order to be included on a pass list to enter the Marine Base. All names must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 14.

NCAA REGIONALS
The 2011 Cross Country Regionals will be held at nine sites throughout the country, Saturday, Nov. 12. WAC teams will be represented in three locations. The West Region will be held in Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford). The Mountain Region will be held in Provo, Utah (Brigham Young), while Louisiana Tech will be the lone team in the South Central Regional (Baylor) in Waco, Texas.

November 12, 2011
Great Lakes Region -Toledo
Mid Atlantic Region - Maryland-Eastern Shore
Midwest Region - Nothern Illinois
Mountain Region - Brigham Young
Northeast Region - Buffalo
South Region - Alabama
South Central Region - Baylor
Southeast Region - Louisville
West Region - Stanford
 
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
– The 2011 Cross Country National Championships once again travels to Terre Haute, Ind. The race will take place at the Lavern Gibson championship cross country course on Nov. 21.
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