Helms, Moreno Pace Aggies At USATF National Club Cross Country Championships

Dec. 4, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. - Tim Helms placed 92nd while Priscilla Moreno finished 68th to lead the UC Davis Aggie cross country teams at the 2004 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at a muddy Portland Meadows.

Helms led two Aggies to a top 100 finish with a time of 35 minutes, 10.32 seconds, just ahead of teammate Chris Pecot who finished one place back in a time of 35:10.44. Both Helms and Pecot finished the 10k course in personal bests despite the difficult conditions. The top five Aggie runners came across the line within 46 seconds of each other.

Jorge Murillo came across in a time of 35:40.16, good for 128th while Will Merchad finished in 139th with a time of 35:52.62. Chris Ferren-Cirino was 141st after finishing in a time of 35:56.39, Patrick Parsel was 180th at 36:20.57, Tony Ahr was 184th at 36:23.02 and Matt Cooley came across in 37:12.65, good for 231st.

On the women's side, Moreno led three Aggies who finished in the top 100 as she covered the 6k course in a time of 26:06.25. Michelle Solone crossed the line with a personal best of 26:17.41 while Lorin Scott-Okerblom finished the race in a time of 26:45.61, good for 99th place.

Also competing for the Aggies was Kim Conley, who finished in 26:52.04 and in 105th, Kelsey Kaiser, who finished 149th with a time of 27:53.64, Lisa Novik, 28:08.76 in 157th place and Eva Gut's 166th place finish in a time of 28:26.98.



"Tim had the best race of his career and it was a nice way for him to go out," said Aggie head coach Jason Jaques. "It was a hard pace and he went out well and kept picking people off as the race went along. On the women's side Priscilla ran a fantastic race and Michelle ran the best cross country race of her life. Overall, the course was a mudpit and the conditions were the most difficult we've faced in the last two years. The competition was definitely national caliber and the fields were very solid on both sides.

"It was a nice way to end the year," Jaques continued. "Both teams worked hard each week and sustained their effort throughout the season."

The USATF Championships brings an end to the 2004 season for UC Davis.

USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
Portland Meadows
Portland, Oregon
December 4, 2004

INDIVIDUAL (winner plus UC Davis)
: 1. Jorge Torres (unattached), 32:43.91... 92. Tim Helms, 35:10.32; 93. Chris Pecot, 35:10.44; 128. Jorge Murillo, 35:40.16; 139. Will Merchad, 35:52.62; 141. Chris Ferren-Cirino, 35:56.39; 184: Tony Ahr, 36:23.02; 180. Patrick Parsel, 36:20.57; 231. Matt Cooley, 37:12.65.

INDIVIDUAL (winner plus UC Davis)
: 1. Melissa Buttry (Wartburg College), 23:07.85... 68. Priscilla Moreno, 26:06.25; 77. Michelle Solone, 26:17.41; 99. Lorin Scott-Okerblom, 26:45.61; 105. Kim Conley, 26:52.04; 149. Kelsey Kaiser, 27:53.64; 157. Lisa Novik, 28:08.76; 166. Eva Gut, 28:26.98.