Aggies Look for Postseason Trip at NCAA West Regionals

Jonathan Peterson advanced to the NCAA Championships after a fifth-place finish at last year's NCAA West Regional. (Matt Brown)
 
Jonathan Peterson advanced to the NCAA Championships after a fifth-place finish at last year's NCAA West Regional. (Matt Brown)
 

Nov. 11, 2011

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UC DAVIS READIES FOR NCAA WEST REGIONAL
• The UC Davis men's and women's cross country teams will look to advance to the NCAA postseason as they travel to Stanford for the NCAA West Regional.
• The men's 10K will begin at 10 a.m. while the women's 6K will follow at 10:15 a.m... Both races will be run on the Stanford Golf Course.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES
• Live results will be available via gostanford.com upon conclusion of the meet.

ADVANCING TO THE POSTSEASON
• The West Region's top teams and individuals will be competing for a spot at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships.
• The top two teams in each race qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships, along with the top four individuals not on qualifying teams.
• In addition, teams around the country are competing for 13 at-large berths, which will be awarded based on a season-long points system developed by the NCAA, with priority toward top regional placers.

SCOUTING THE MEN'S FIELD
• The men's race features four ranked teams, including host Stanford which is No. 6 nationally... No. 8 Portland, No. 17 Oregon, the West Region defending champion, and No. 21 UCLA also highlight the men's field.
• West Coast Conference runner-up Portland and Big West champion Cal Poly join the 27-team field.

SCOUTING THE WOMEN'S FIELD
• The women's race is even deeper as six of the 34 teams are ranked nationally.
• No. 6 Washington and No. 8 Stanford lead the field, while No. 11 Oregon, No. 16 Arizona and No. 26 Cal will also compete.
• West Coast Conference champion and 27th-ranked San Francisco will look for its first-ever trip to the as will the Aggies, who are the reigning Big West Conference champions.

LAST YEAR AT THE WEST REGIONAL
• The Aggie men finished ninth overall while the women came in 15th as a team.
Jonathan Peterson's fifth-place finish earned him an individual trip to the NCAA Championships... Peterson became the first UC Davis male to qualify for the Div. I meet in UC Davis' Div. I history.
Calvin Thigpen was 20th in the men's 10K race.
Caitlin Fitzgerald was the women's highest finisher, placing 33rd... Krista Drechsler was 43rd overall.

SOLID DAY FOR AGGIES AT DOC ADAMS OPEN
Sarah Tusting was the Aggies' top finisher at UC Davis' own Doc Adams Open on Nov. 5... She came in fifth overall in the women's 6K race.
Nicole Aha was 14th, Raquel Lambdin was 16th and Hilary Teaford was 18th, marking four Aggie women in the top-20 of the individual standings.
• Freshman Joseph Rivera finished 27th overall to lead the Aggie men in the 8K race... He was followed by Simon Graves who placed 29th.

WOMEN BRING HOME FIRST BIG WEST TITLE
• Behind Sarah Sumpter's second-place finish, the UC Davis women's cross country team won its first-ever Big West Conference championship on Saturday.
• Sumpter clocked in at 20:33.7 in the women's 6K race and led three runners in the top ten.
• Sophomore Alycia Cridebring finished eighth overall (20:53.3) while redshirt freshman Kristine Lozoya was tenth (20:59.9).
• The men's team finished sixth overall and were led by Jonathan Peterson who finished fifth individually.

WARTENBURG NAMED BIG WEST WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
• For the second straight year, Drew Wartenburg was named the conference's Women's Coach of the Year after leading the Aggie women to their first Big West Championship.
• Wartenburg won the award last year after directing the UC Davis men's team to its first conference title.
• In his four years at the helm of the Aggie program, he has coached two individual champions and two team titles.