Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WSU's Kimpel & Lafler, plus all five UW scorers at West Regionals earn USTFCCCA regional accolades...

Washington State's Andrew Kimpel (left/photo by Paul Merca) and Jono Lafler, along with all five of the University of Washington women's scorers at the NCAA West Regionals at Stanford University last week--Katie Flood, Megan Goethals, Lindsay Flanagan, Justine Johnson and Christine Babcock, received 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Region Team honors from the USTFCCCA for finishing in the top 25.

Additionally, Husky coach Greg Metcalf received his fourth consecutive USTFCCCA West Region women's coach of the year award.

Here is the USTFCCCA release.

Wednesday, Washington State announced its roster for the NCAA championships on Monday, November 21st at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The Cougars will run the same seven athletes--Kimpel, Lafler, Justin Englund, Andrew Gonzales, Drew Jordan, Lee George, and Todd Wakefield. Redmond High School product Mack Young will travel with the squad as the alternate.

Here's Washington State coach Pete Julian's weekly press conference, courtesy of

Washington State's weekly release is available here.

Washington has not yet announced their seven runners, but it's safe to assume that the five scorers from the West Regionals, led by Pac-12 champ Katie Flood, will run on Monday.

As for his final two runners, Metcalf does have some options between freshman Eleanor Fulton, redshirt freshman Chelsea Orr, and sophomore Liberty Miller, all of whom traveled to Stanford last week, with Miller sitting out in Palo Alto as the alternate.

NCAA cross country action doesn't just stop with the Division I teams, as both Western Washington squads will travel across the Cascade Mountains for Saturday's NCAA Division II championships at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane Valley.

This will be the Vikings' third appearance at Plantes Ferry, having run there in October at their pre-nationals, and also at the West Regionals two weeks ago, where the women finished third, and the men's squad finished fourth.

"Our goal (at nationals) is always to improve upon our rankings, but we'd like to place in the top 10 or as close as possible," said Western coach Pee Wee Halsell. "I think that's very doable on both sides."

The WWU men's and women's squads have both placed among the top 10 at nationals in each of the last three seasons. The men were ninth in 2010, fourth in 2009 and 10th in 2008, and the women were 10th in 2010, eighth in 2009 and 10th in 2008. In 2007, the men finished 11th.

Here's a link to Western's release.

Saint Martin's Kyle Van Santen will compete in the men's 10k race, by virtue of finishing seventh at the West Regionals.

Another runner of local interest competing in the women's 6k race in Spokane Valley is Ballard HS grad Bridget Berg of Humboldt State in California, who was second in the West Regionals.

The NCAA will provide live streaming video of both the Division I and II races on

The Division II women’s race starts at 2pm ET/11am PT. Men’s race begins at 3pm ET/Noon PT.

On Monday, the Division I men’s race starts at 12:08pm ET. Women’s race gets underway at 12:58pm ET.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA, University of Washington, Western Washington University, Washington State University, and Saint Martin's University contributed to this report.

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