Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cougar men win Stanford Invitational, while Abby Regan takes women's individual crown...

STANFORD, California--The Washington State Cougars won their second straight meet in a span of two weeks, as they took top honors at the Stanford Invitational on the Stanford Golf Course Saturday.

As he did at last week's Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Drew Jordan led the charge for the Cougs with his eighth place finish, running 23:51 over the 8k course that will host the NCAA West Regional championships in November.

John Whelan was WSU's second runner across the line in 15th (24:08), followed by freshman Sam Levora in 18th (24:18), Lee George in 26th (24:24), and Richard Shroy in 33rd (24:29), giving the team a 1-5 split of 38 seconds and a final low score of 76 points.

Stanford ran a split team, led by winner Joe Rosa (23:16), edging his teammate Maxin Korolev, who was credited with the same time.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 77 points, with the Cardinal third with 79 points.

In the men's non-Division I section, Seattle Pacific was 19th, led by Turner Wiley's 150th place overall finish in 25:34.

Senior Abby Regan's (left/photo by Paul Merca) front running paid off, as the Australian import won the overall women's title over 6k, running a time of 20:31, to beat UC Riverside's Raquel Hefflin (20:39) and early leader Alexa Efraimson from Camas (20:46), who recently turned pro.

The Cougs, running without Ruby Roberts for the second week in a row, got their scoring from Morgan Willson in 24th (21:39); Devon Bortfeld in 33rd (21:59); CharLee Linton in 46th (22:11); Emily Dwyer in 73rd (22:36); and, Steffie Pavey in 84th (22:46).

Stanford won the meet with 71 points to easily handle UC Davis (94) and Cal Poly SLO (117).

In the non Division I section, Seattle Pacific finished ninth with a score of 249 points, led by Anna Patti' 22:38 to finish 75th overall (16th among non-D-1 scorers).

The University of Victoria won with a score of 71 points, while GNAC rival Simon Fraser was third with 109 points.

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