Oct. 29, 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii - Lyndsie Etherton won the Freshman of the Year award at the WAC Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday as well as First Team All-Conference. While 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. Meagan Paracholski, Pamela Cruz, Alyson De La Rosa, Ann Poythress, Carina Mendoza, Kristen Galvez, and Saylah Barserian all had strong performances.
"The women were extremely competitive and they put themselves out on the line early in the race much like they did in Santa Clara but held on longer this time. They should be very proud of what they have accomplished. They are really starting to find their identity and you can see it coming together bit by bit which is a very exciting process," said Coach Sean McManus.
Eric 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.
"The guys laid it all out on the line today. We just weren't quite able to better the ranking today and I think a big part of that is Paul Zwama is battling some injuries which inhibited his training these past couple of weeks and mentally has been tough on him," said McManus.
This was the last time the Bulldogs will compete in the WAC Championship as they head into the Mountain West next year.
"We have an upgrade of competition heading into the Mountain West so we are going to have to begin to climb that ladder next year which we are looking forward to with such a young group," said McManus.
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