Nov. 8, 2012
AGGIES HEAD NORTH FOR NCAA WEST REGIONAL
For the first time ever, the best teams on the West Coast will descend on Seattle as the University of Washington hosts the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships.
The women's 6K race will begin at 12 p.m. with the men's 10K following at 1:15 p.m.... Both races will be held at the Jefferson Park Golf Course.
MORE ON THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Friday's West Regional meet is one of nine regional races held across the country.
The first- and second-place teams at each Regional earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Div. I Cross Country Championships held on Nov. 17 in Louisville.
An additional 13 teams will earn at-large bids.
Individual runners can also qualify for the NCAA meet if they are one of the top-four finishers on a team that is not already advancing while also placing in the top-25 overall of the race.
SCOUTING THE WOMEN'S REGIONAL FIELD
Oregon is the top-ranked team in the West Region with Arizona and Stanford following at No. 2 and 3, respectively.
Host Washington is ranked fourth while San Francisco rounds out the top five teams in the region.
Cal Poly is the highest-ranked Big West team at No. 8, but the UC Davis women sit just behind the Mustangs at No. 9.
UC Santa Barbara (13) and UC Riverside (14) are the other Big West teams ranked in the West Region.
A LOOK AT THE AGGIE WOMEN
The UC Davis women received one vote in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I coaches' poll, marking the second straight week that UC Davis has earned national recognition in the poll.
The Aggies first entered the rankings after a tenth-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 13, receiving nine votes... It is the first time in program history that UC Davis cross country has received votes in the national poll.
UC Davis will send nearly an identical squad to the Regionals as it sent to the Big West Conference Championships two weeks ago.
Sarah Sumpter, who finished second overall for the second consecutive year, led three Aggies who placed in the top five... Alycia Cridebring came in third and Katie Fry was fifth.
Freshman Christine Hoffman was 17th in her conference championship debut while Lauren Wallace finished just behind in 19th... Shannon Harcus and Raquel Lambdin rounded out the top-25 finishers for the Aggie women, coming in 23rd and 25th overall, respectively.
Kristine Lozoya will also make the Regional trip for UC Davis... She last competed as part of the NCAA Div. I Pre-Nationals squad that finished tenth overall on Oct. 13.
Hilary Teaford was the Aggies' No. 3 finisher at the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara on Oct. 13.
SCOUTING THE MEN'S REGIONAL FIELD
The Pac-12 four of the top five spots in the West Region with Stanford as the top-ranked men's team while Portland and Oregon rank second and third, respectively... Arizona State and UCLA are the final teams that make up the top five.
Cal Poly is the highest ranked Big West team at No. 8... UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine are 14th and 15th, respectively.
30 teams will line up for the men's 10K race.
A LOOK AT THE AGGIE MEN
Like the women's side, the men will bring a nearly identical group to the West Regional as the squad that competed at the Oct. 27 Big West Championships.
Trevor Halsted paced the Aggie men at the championship with a sixth-place finish while freshman Brandon Pugh earned a top-15 finish, coming in 13th overall.
Cody Nguyen, Nathan Strum and Jordon Rushing all finished in the top 30 while Amar Dholakia and Grayson Hough were 39th and 40th, respectively, at the conference meet.
Eric Neill and Joseph Rivera each ran at last week's Doc Adams Open... Neill was the men's top finisher, coming in 31st overall, while Rivera clocked in at 27:24 in his first race since the Hornet Jamboree on Sept. 8.
RECAP: DOC ADAMS OPEN (NOV. 3)
Melinda Zavala was ninth for the Aggie women, who finished second out of nine teams, while Eric Neill was the top men's finisher at UC Davis' own Bronco Invitational on Nov. 3 at the Putah Creek Reserve Course in Davis.
Zavala led four Aggie women in the top 20 with her time of 21:48... Anna Welsh was 15th, Julia Yang was 18th and Venus Shabgahi was 19th.
Neill clocked in at 25:40 to finish 31st, knocking off nearly two minutes from his previous 8K time... Nick Ratto finished in 36th, just four seconds behind Neill.
RECAP: BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS (OCT. 27)
Sarah Sumpter was second, Alycia Cridebring was third and Katie Fry was fifth as the UC Davis women finished second at the Big West Championships.
Freshman Christine Hoffman was 17th while Lauren Wallace was 19th to highlight the Aggies' performance.
Cal Poly claimed its first team title since 2001 behind Laura Hollander's course record time of 19:12.6.
The Aggie men finished fourth behind Trevor Halsted's sixth-place finish and time of 24:23.3 as well as freshman Brandon Pugh's 13th-place finish.
Cal Poly also won the men's team title after sweeping the top three places in the men's 8K.
FOLLOW THE AGGIES
For the fourth straight year, UC Davis cross country will chronicle its season via blogs set up on the Aggies' official athletic website, www.ucdavisaggies.com.
"Cross Country Chronicles" follows the men's team while "Distance Diaries" is an account of the women's season.
Throughout the year members of both cross country's teams will give their insight on the program and will give Aggie fans a true inside look at what it means to be a UC Davis cross country runner.
Most recently, Alycia Cridebring and Trevor Halsted gave their perspective on the 2012 season as both teams look for strong performances at Friday's regional.
COMING UP NEXT
If the Aggies qualify, the NCAA Div. I Cross Country Championships will be held on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.