Saturday, November 10, 2007

Quick stuff from the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships...

The University of Washington's Anita Campbell approaches the finish line at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships Saturday in Springfield, Oregon. /photo by Paul Merca

Springfield, Oregon--Stanford's Teresa McWalters was the individual winner of the NCAA West Regional women's cross country race today, while hometown favorite Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon took top honors in the men's race.

The women's team race went to form, as Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington earned the top four spots.

The top two teams automatically earn berths to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 19th. However, it's expected that Arizona State and the Huskies will earn at-large berths to the nationals, as both teams have been in the top-10 in the USTFCCCA coaches' poll for most of the season.

The Huskies were led by Canadian junior Anita Campbell, who finished fourth.

In the men's race, Portland's David Kinsella, a Washington state high school product took the early lead, but was overtaken by Rupp, and Pac-10 harrier champ Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott. Kinsella fought back late in the race to overtake Kiptoo-Biwott for second.

Oregon, and the University of Portland, bolstered by Kinsella, and two other Washington state high school products who placed in the top ten, John Mooore, and Michael Kilgore, earned the two automatic berths to the NCAA championships.

More details later, when I return to Seattle.

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