Nov. 9, 2012
SEATTLE - Sarah Sumpter was 13th overall in the women's 6K while Trevor Halsted finished 20th in the men's 10K race to lead the UC Davis men's and women's cross country teams on Friday at the NCAA Div. I West Regional at the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle.
On the women's side, Oregon won the team title while Stanford finished second to earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Div. I Championships.
The Aggie women finished sixth as a team in a field of 28 of the top teams in the West Region and were the highest-finishing Big West Conference squad in the race. UC Davis also finished ahead of UCLA, which ranks 29th nationally, and were just 26 points behind 26th-ranked San Francisco.
Sumpter clocked in at 20:03 while Alycia Cridebring was just behind her Aggie teammate, crossing the line in a season-best time of 20:08 to finish 16th overall.
Coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big West Championships, Katie Fry was 33rd overall in a time of 20:36.
"Today's course and conditions offered a perfect day for a meet like this one," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "The Aggie women put together their finest team effort of the season, starting with an aggressive and well-executed start. Our two frontrunners, Sumpter and Cridebring, worked together for a good chunk of the race and to a woman we ran close to plan inside our scoring five. Alycia took a big step forward to race among the lead pack, and Katie continued her post-season charge."
Freshman Christine Hoffman earned a top-50 finish with her time of 20:51. She was 47th overall. Lauren Wallace came in 68th with a time of 21:14 while Kristine Lozoya finished just three second back at 21:17.
Shannon Harcus rounded out the Aggie women's team with her final time of 21:44.
"Christine Hoffmann also moved extremely well through the second half of the race to sneak inside the top 50," continued Wartenburg. "We'll have to wait for Saturday morning to see if we got any individuals or the team into the national meet, and right now we're sitting right on the outside of the bubble on both fronts. Regardless, you can't ask for more that for a team to run its finest race at season's end."
Stanford and Portland claimed the top two spots in the men's 10K race to earn their automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships.
In the Aggies' lone 10K race of the season, Halsted turned in a time of 30:12 to finish 20th as the UC Davis men's team were 15th overall.
Freshmen Brandon Pugh also turned in a sub 31-minute performance, recording a final time of 30:50 to finish 65th overall. Amar Dholakia and Nathan Strum recorded nearly identical final times with Dholakia clocking in at 31:44 and Strum finishing just a second behind at 31:45.
"Trevor Halsted took a long look from within the lead pack en route to a top-twenty finish, and the three frosh through the middle of our order - Brandon, Amar and Cody - had great days while debuting at the 10,000m distance," said Wartenburg. "We have known all season that we stand as one of the youngest teams in the region, and for this group to put a guy on the podium and creep into the final ranking with a top-15 finish is a great building block for the future. There are some areas where more concerted efforts could see us jump one or two places higher, but overall today provided positive takeaways as we turn the page and turn the men's attention toward the track."
Individual and team at-large bids to the NCAA Championships will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 10 with the championship meet slated for Saturday, Nov. 17 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.