Cross Country and Woodward Park welcome the WAC

    Oct. 25, 1999

    Fresno, Calif. - This Week

    	Sat., Oct. 30	WAC Championships	Woodward Park	10 a.m.

    Fresno State and Woodward Park Welcome the WAC
    This Saturday, Woodward Park will host the menís and womenís cross country championships. The menís race, which begins at 10 a.m., includes all WAC schools except Hawaiíi. The womenís final begins at 11 a.m. in which all eight WAC schools will compete. Last year Woodward Park hosted the NCAA Region 8 Championships and it has previously been the home of 12 other NCAA Regionals. Brigham Young, now in the Mountain West Conference, won both the menís and womenís titles in 1998.

    Men hope to surprise the competition
    Senior Tim Padilla has been the menís top runner all season. He posted his season best of 26:25 at Woodward Park during the Fresno State Invitational in mid September. However, he has been pushed since then by freshmen Alex Mason, Phillip Ogilvie, and Robert Vaca. Ogilvieís season best of 26:26 was also run at Woodward. Also expected to crack the top five are juniors Patrick Hogan and Armando Negrete and freshman Sean Moody. Last season the men finished 11th out of 13 teams.

    Women hoping to surprise WAC
    The womenís team is not expected to compete with the best this year, but with the top five running consistently close together in the past few weeks, a high finish is possible. Sophomore Jennifer Smith and freshman Sandi Russler will challenge the top runners in the conference. Smith ran a personal best of 18:32 at Woodward in the Fresno State Invitational. Sophomore Rachel Bauer, junior Brianna Denley, and senior Laura Bracht will contribute to the teamís overall score. Last season the women placed 13th among 16 schools.

    Top WAC Competitors
    Clyde Colenso of SMU and Dwight Davis of Tulsa figure to be two of the top competitors in the menís race this weekend. Colenso posted a season best of 24:18 at last weeks NCAA Pre-Nationals. Davis has recorded a season best time of 25:09 In the womenís race, Rice is a possible title contender. The team placed first at the Texas A&M Invitational and top runner Shaquandra Roberson figures to challenge for the individual title. Her season best time of 17:41 was recorded at the North Texas Invitational. Casey McGuire-Turcotte also figures to run with the best. Her season best time of 18:29 was run at the Willamette Invitational in early October.

    Season Best Times

    Men - 8,000 Meters

    Moses Avila	27:45	Fresno State Inv.
    Eddie Garcia 	28:51	Stanford Inv.
    Patrick Hogan	27:39	Stanford Inv.
    Dustin Marzolf	27:51	Fresno State Inv.
    Alex Mason	26:55	Fresno State Inv.
    Sean Moody 	26:51 	Stanford Inv.
    Armando Negrete	27:30	Fresno State Inv.
    Arthur Negrete	28:31	Fresno State Inv.
    Phillip Ogilvie	26:26	Fresno State Inv.
    Tim Padilla	26:25	Fresno State Inv.
    Josh Roddy	27:10	Fresno State Inv.
    Josh Tyson	28:42	Stanford Inv.
    Robert Vaca 	26:38	Stanford Inv.

    Women - 5,000 Meters

    Argentina Banuelos	24:40	Fresno State Inv.
    Laura Bracht	19:32	Stanford Inv.
    Rachel Bauer	19:43	Fresno State Inv.
    Brianna Denley	19:26	Fresno State Inv.
    Tarah Gregg	25:02	Fresno State Inv.
    Autumn Lodwick	23:37	Fresno State Inv.
    Karen Mitchell	21:27	Fresno State Inv.
    Sandi Russler	19:02	Fresno State Inv.
    Jennifer Smith	18:32	Fresno State Inv.

     

     

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