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This Week in WAC Cross Country - Nov. 8
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Schedule
2011 NCAA REGIONALS


November 12, 2011
Mountain Region - hosted by BYU (Nevada, New Mexico State, Utah State)
East Bay Golf Course: Provo, Utah
Men’s 10K race at 11:00 a.m. MT, followed by the women’s 6K at 12:15 p.m. MT

West Region - hosted by Stanford (Fresno State, Idaho, San Jose State)
Stanford Golf Course: Palo Alto, Calif.
Men’s 10K race at 10:00 a.m. PT , followed by the women’s 6K at 11:15 a.m. PT

South Central Region - hosted by Baylor (Louisiana Tech)
Cottonwood Creek Golf Course: Waco, Texas
Men’s 10K race at 10:00 a.m. CT , followed by the women’s 6K at 11:15 a.m. CT

WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
Fresno State Bulldogs
Lyndsie Etherton won the Freshman of the Year award at the WAC Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as First Team All-Conference ... Eric Battles and Carson Keller won Second Team All-Conference ... the Fresno State men’s and women’s team finished fourth overall at the WAC Championship which met the Pre-Championship Coaches Poll announced last week ... Etherton led the women’s team in the 5k finishing seventh in a time of 18:51.3 ... Battles finished 13th in the 8k running a time of 26:23 ... Carson Keller trailed closely behind Battles finishing 14th. Paul Zwama, Olivier Bernard, Kevin Poythress, Michael Jamieson, and Chriss Grimble and finished strong.

Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine
Hawai‘i placed seventh at the WAC Championships at the Kane’ohe Klipper golf course Saturday morning ... UH’s top finisher was junior Ashlee Jimenez, who completed the 5K course in 20:14.5 to finish 39th overall ... also scoring team points for the Rainbow Wahine were Louise Mulvey (20:29.1/43rd), Alison Williams (20:34.4/44th), Ariana Horton (20:51.9/47th), Kevyn Murphy (20:59.5/50th), Celeste Almaraz (21:02.6/51st) and Megan Dart (2:55.3/49th) ... other UH participants included Liisa Cushing (22:25.6/59th) and Evangeline Rehwaldt (22:37.7/60th).

Idaho Vandals 
The youth movement prevailed as University of Idaho women’s cross country claimed a second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference title on the heels of four sophomores ... standout second-year Vandal Hannah Kiser finished second overall to lead the women, while fellow sophomores Emily Paradis and Alycia Butterworth claimed fourth and fifth, and senior Anna Kalbrener took eighth to pace Idaho ... sophomore Holly Stanton put a cap on Idaho’s scoring after coming in 19th overall ... Phipps was honored with his second-consecutive WAC Women’s Coach of the Year honor ... Kiser, Paradis and Butterworth earned First-Team All-WAC honors, while Kalbrener added a second-team accolade.

Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech’s Josh Slocum led the way for the men’s team to post its highest finish in several years as they placed fifth while the women finished eighth at the WAC Cross Country Championships in Honolulu ... the men’s finished in its highest spot in the last few years, beating out San Jose State ... Slocum ran 27:21.6 to finish 26th overall while Matt Wolfe finished 31st with a time of 27:45.4 ... Brent Kitto finished 32nd with a time of 27:56.4 ... on the women’s side, Mary Kate Hays led the way with a time of 22:12.0.

Nevada Wolf Pack

Nevada improved its finish from a year ago, placing fifth at the 2011 WAC Cross Country Championships hosted in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Nevada scored 106 points, improving from placing sixth at the meet in 2010 ... Nevada’s top runner was sophomore Johanna Olsson who placed sixth with a time of 18:38.7 ... freshman Demerey Kirsch finished 11th with a time of 19:06.3 ... both are underclassmen competing in their first season for Nevada ... with her finish, Olsson won first-team All-WAC honors while Kirsch won second-team All-WAC honors ... senior Jenifer McEntire was the next Nevada harrier across the finish, placing 22nd at 19:31.6 ... behind McEntire, fellow senior Gloria Sosa was 30th at 19:52.5 ... Caitlin Devitt-Payne finish 41st at 20:22.2 with Nicole Painter 42nd at 20:24.8 ... Christy Works ran 20:55.6 to finish 48th, while Katie Romanko was 53rd at 21:19.0.

New Mexico State Aggies
NM State claimed second place for the men’s and women’s teams at the WAC Championships in Honolulu, Hawai’i with junior Courtney Schultz winning first place overall for the women’s race ... the women’s team finished second as well with a team score of 53 ... the men’s team finished second with a team score of 47 ... Courtney finished first overall for the third-straight season with a time of 17:36.5 in the 5K ... second place did not cross the finish line until almost 20 seconds later ... on the men’s side junior Jonah Ruybalid finished first for NM State and sixth overall with a time of 25:41.1 in the 8K.

San Jose State Spartans 
San Jose State’s men finished in sixth place at the WAC Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Juan Ruiz was the Spartans’ top finisher for the second time this season, finishing the 8K course in 27:31.2 good for 27th place ... senior Sterling Granger was next coming in 34th place with a time of 28:12.7 ... top-25 finishes from freshman Aylin Mejia and senior Elizabeth Raymond helped SJSU secure a sixth place result out of eight teams on the women’s side ... Mejia finished the 5K course on Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in 19:28.8, good for 21st place and Raymond came in 24th with a time of 19:38.3 ... senior Kate Lambdin will join Mejia and Raymond at the NCAA West Regional race on November 12 in Stanford, Calif. Lambdin came in 27th place on Saturday crossing the line at 19:44.7.

Utah State Aggies
Utah State’s men received one vote and ranks No. 39 in that nation in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-30 coaches poll that was released Tuesday ... USU is the only WAC school receiving votes along with being the second school from the state of Utah to receive votes, with BYU at No. 3. Additionally, the Aggie men are ranked at No. 4 for the Mountain Region for the third-straight week ... the Aggie men won their sixth WAC Cross Country Championship in the last seven years with Gensel being named Coach of the Year and senior captain Brian McKenna was named Athlete of the Year after winning the WAC individual title ... this is the first time since joining the WAC that a USU cross country team has received votes for the top-30 coaches poll.

WAC NOTES

IDAHO CLAIMS WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY WAC TITLE
The youth movement prevailed as University of Idaho women’s cross country claimed a second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference title on the heels of four sophomores.

“This has been our team goal from almost exactly a year ago after last year’s championship,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country said. “I’m so impressed with every one of those runners. That group did a fantastic job of working hard all through the summer, and the amount of improvement they’ve made is just amazing.”

Standout second-year Vandal Hannah Kiser finished second overall to lead the women, while fellow sophomores Emily Paradis and Alycia Butterworth claimed fourth and fifth, and senior Anna Kalbrener took eighth to pace Idaho.

Sophomore Holly Stanton put a cap on Idaho’s scoring after coming in 19th overall, while seniors Lauren Schaffer and Julia Veseth took 25th and 38th, respectively, to round out the individual results.

Kiser saw her season-long unbeaten streak end in the race, but Phipps said he was still very impressed with the fact that she finished after suffering through illness throughout the race.

“She struggled to finish with the heat and humidity and essentially had to jog it in,” Phipps said. “Give her a ton of credit for gutting it out and finishing the race for the team. A lot of people would have dropped out in that situation, but she stuck with it to make sure the team got the points.”

The Vandal women posted a team score of 38 to easily outdistance the field by a 15-point margin. New Mexico State was the second finisher on the women’s side with a score of 53.

Phipps was honored with his second-consecutive WAC Women’s Coach of the Year honor after the meet. It’s his fourth such honor since Idaho joined the conference in 2005. Kiser, Paradis and Butterworth earned First-Team All-WAC honors, while Kalbrener added a second-team accolade.
 
UTAH STATE WINS MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
Utah State men’s cross country senior captain Brian McKenna claimed his second Western Athletic Conference individual title Saturday in Honolulu, crossing the finish line at 24:46.5 to lead the Aggie men to their sixth WAC Championship in seven years.

McKenna was named the men’s WAC Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career as he also received the accolade after winning the WAC individual title in 2009. McKenna has been Utah State’s top finisher throughout the entire 2011 season. USU’s veteran head coach Gregg Gensel was named the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Joining McKenna in the men’s top 10 was senior Daniel Howell and sophomore Kyle McKenna who finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 25:32.5 and 25:43.8 respectively, as all three earned first-team all-WAC honors. Senior Hunter Nelson earned second-team all-WAC honors after finishing in ninth-place (26:06.8).

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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