Nov. 10, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - With yet another great performance, the UCSB women's cross country squad may have punched their tickets to Indiana for the NCAA Championships. Seniors Megan Lewis and Bethany Nickless finished in 12th and 13th respectively to lead their team to a 5th-place result at the NCAA West Regionals.
Lewis completed the 6k course in 20:47 to pace the Gauchos, with Nickless finishing right behind her at 20:49. Liza Hitchner had another good race, posting a time of 21:07 to finish 24th. Danielle Domenichelli was 41st with a time of 21:29, and Breanne Strenkowski was the final point scorer for UCSB as she crossed the line in 53rd place at 21:40. Also competing for the Gauchos were Alyssa Brown (80th, 22:02) and Ashley Ramirez (106th, 22:28).
Stanford dominated the race, posting an impressive 33 points en route to their ninth consecutive regional title. They were led by Teresa McWalters, who captured her first individual regional title and was the only runner to break 20 minutes, clocking in at 19:57. Last year's individual champion Arianna Lambie, also from Stanford, ran to a fifth place finish with a time of 20:31.
Oregon combined for 76 points to capture second place. They were followed by Arizona State with 106 points, Washington with 118, the Gauchos with 143, and Washington State with 249. A total of 31 teams competed in the meet.
The men finished a solid ninth in the West Regional, combining for 224 team points. Mike Powers bounced back from a tough weekend at conference championships, this time running a fantastic race as UCSB's top finisher. He completed the 10k course in 30:53 to place 29th, closing out his college career on a high note.
Scott Smith was the next Gaucho to cross the line, clocking in at 31:09 to finish 39th. Senior Micah Tyhurst was 42nd with a time of 31:14, and he was followed by Tim Aukshunas (52nd, 31:33) and Julian DeRubira (63rd, 31:48) to complete the scoring. Also competing were Gabe Lopez (80th, 32:11) and Spencer Rotan (89th, 32:27).
Oregon captured their second-straight men's regional crown with the low score of 47 points. Portland took second with 76 points, and Stanford was third with 100 points. Cal Poly, who won the Big West Championship two weeks ago, were fifth with 116 points.
The meet featured Division I cross country teams from the states of Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The top two teams and top four individuals from the women's 6K and the men's 10K advanced automatically to the NCAA Championships scheduled for Monday, November 19. At-large teams and individuals will be added once the NCAA determines the criteria following all the regional meets.
With these results, the Gaucho teams and individuals are in contention for at-large berths. The selections are expected to be announced on Sunday, November 11.