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WAC Cross Country Teams Record Impressive Times at NCAA Regionals
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Complete NCAA West Region Results - Men

Complete NCAA West Region Results - Women


Complete NCAA Mountain Region Results - Men

Complete NCAA Mountain Region Results - Women


Fresno State

Palo Alto, Calif. - The women's team concluded their season strong on Saturday at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Bulldogs finished 17th overall which was better than they were seated heading into the race. The women improved tremendously from last year and continue to grow as a team. The 'Dogs beat quite a few teams that finished in front of them earlier this season.

Freshman Lyndsie Etherton led the Bulldogs yet again finishing 37th overall which is extremely competitive for a freshman.

"That was the highest female freshman finish we have had at Fresno State in a long time. Definitely during my four years but probably going back even further than that," coach Sean McManus said.

The women's team has a bright future with such a young team. Etherton, Ann Poythress, and Meagan Paracholski finished within the top three for Fresno State and are all in their first collegiate cross country career.

"We have a really good group coming back for next year. The future is bright and we are excited because the girls get stronger with each season and having such a young team helps build a competitive program," McManus said.


Idaho

PALO ALTO, Calif. – University of Idaho sophomore Hannah Kiser put herself into position for a potential national bid on Saturday at the NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships with an 18th overall finish at the meet.

Kiser ran a 20:48 on the women’s 6,000m course to pace the Idaho women at the meet to a 13th-place finish out of 31 teams. The finishing spot puts Kiser in contention to earn an individual at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, at Terre Haute, Ind.

Junior Barry Britt set the standard for the men’s team, as he took 30th overall out of 172 runners on the men’s 10,000m course with a time of 30:12. As a team, the Vandal men finished 12th out of 25 full teams in attendance.

Senior Stephane Colle was Idaho’s second finisher on the men’s side, as he took 75th overall with a time of 30:59. He was followed immediately by senior Jeremiah Dubie in 76th in 31:00, senior Markus Geiger in 92nd in 31:20 and junior Jeff Osborn, who wrapped up the scoring at 137th overall in 32:17.

Sophomore Emily Paradis was the second finisher on the women’s side with a 58th overall placing and a time of 21:39. Fellow sophomore Alycia Butterworth took 84th overall in 22:01, senior Anna Kalbrener was 95th in 22:08 and senior Julia Veseth wrapped up the team score with a 22:18 and 108th overall finish.

Kiser must now play the waiting game and wait until Sunday’s championship selection to find out if her season continues. She’s hoping to become Idaho’s first NCAA Cross Country Championships representative since the 2004 women qualified as a team and finished 25th overall.


Nevada
The University of Nevada cross country team wrapped up the 2011 season at the NCAA Mountain Regional hosted at the East Bay Golf Course by Brigham Young University on Saturday.  Nevada placed 19th with 516 points.

New Mexico and Colorado will advance to the NCAA Championship meet tying for the top spot with 84 points.  UTEP’s Risper Kimaiyo won the individual top spot running 20:35.2.

Nevada was led by sophomore Johanna Olsson placing 91 with a time of 23.37.7.  Senior Gloria Sosa was 94 with her time of 23:40.8.  Nicole Painter was 109 at 24:10.8, Caitlin Devitt-Payne was 110 at 24:12.5, Jenifer McEntire was 112 at 24:21.0 and Katie Romanko was 129 at 26:11.4.


New Mexico State
PROVO, UTAH-The New Mexico State University cross country team competed in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, with junior Courtney Schultz finishing eighth overall for the women's team.

Schultz's performance at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, as well as throughout the entire season, qualified her for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.  Schultz was one of only four athletes selected from the Mountain Region to receive automatic bids to the national championship meet, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21.

The women's team finished 10th out of 19 teams in the 6K.  The women's team finished better than Utah State and Nevada, which finished 18th and 19th respectively. Utah State and Nevada were the only other teams from the Western Athletic Conference in the Mountain Regional Championship.  The women's team also finished above rival UTEP, which finished 14th overall.

Schultz finished first for NM State and eighth overall with a time of 21:09.8.  Junior Camille Schultz finished in second for NM State and 28th overall with a time of 21:53.9.  Junior Chelsa McDonnell finished third for NM State with a time of 23:09.2.

NM State had two girls cross the finish line before Utah State or Nevada had one girl cross the line.  The first athlete from the WAC to cross the finish line not wearing an NM State uniform was Ruth Hilton from Utah State, who finished 56th overall.

The men's team finished 12th overall out of 17 teams in the 10K.  The Aggies had two athletes finish in the top 50.  Sophomore Kevin Palmer finished first for NM State and 36th overall with a time of 31:34.5.  Junior Jonah Ruybalid finished second for NM State 45th overall with a time of 31:51.3.  Jonah's brother Ian finished close behind with a time of 32:19.5, which placed him third for NM State and 58th overall.


San Jose State

Stanford, Calif. - Freshman Aylin Mejia with seniors Kate Lambdin and Elizabeth Raymond represented San Jose State in a race with the best in the western region on November 12 at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Regional Championship.

Lambdin was the top finisher for the Spartans in 178th place. She crossed the line at the end of the six-kilometer course on the Stanford University Golf Course in 23:26.

Mejia was next, coming in 195th place with a time of 24:02 and Raymond followed close behind in 198th place at 24:06.

"It was a great way for these individuals to end the season, at the West Regional," said Spartans' head coach Augie Argabright. "I'm happy for our seniors who met their goal of making it to this race, and we're happy to have our younger talent get this kind of experience as well."

Jordan Hasay of the University of Oregon took first place individually in the field of 219 but it was the University of Washington on top in the team results with a final score of 50.


Utah State

PROVO, Utah – Utah State men’s cross country senior captain Brian McKenna placed 10th with a time of 30:43.3 at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday in Provo, Utah, leading the men to a seventh-place finish. USU’s women finished in 18th-place.
 
McKenna earned all-Region honors and will wait for an invitation as an at-large runner to compete at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday, Nov. 21. The field will be announced on Monday. If invited, it will mark the second time McKenna has went to nationals for cross country after going in 2009.
 
Redshirt junior captain Ruth Hilton was the top finisher for the USU women, as she came in 56th-place with a time of 22:43.5.  Juniors Kaylee Campbell and Stephanie Burt placed 90th (23:36.5) and 104th (23:55.3), respectively, while freshman Brittany Bushman finished at 97th (23:43.6). Sophomores Brittany Fisher and Hannah Williams ended the day in 98th (23:44.3) and 108th (24:08.8).
 
Other finishers for the Aggie men included seniors Daniel Howell (32nd, 31:25.9), Hunter Nelson (52nd, 32:04.0) and Eric Larson (60th, 32:52.2). Sophomores Kyle McKenna and Devin Lang finished 37th (31:36.0) and 82nd (32:58.9), respectively, while freshman Austin Neuner crossed the finish line in 69th place with a time of 32:39.1.
 
Utah State’s men’s cross country celebrated their sixth Western Athletic Conference title in the last seven years on Oct. 29 in Honolulu, while the women placed third.
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