The cross country teams competed in the WCC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31st. The men’s team finished in a respectable fourth place and women a solid third place.
Though only coming in fourth the men’s team was up to the task of challenging the No. 4 team in the nation BYU. First, second and third place finishes all went to BYU helping the Cougars to their second title in three years. Graduate student Alex Short did San Francisco proud finishing in fourth place with a time of 24:58.2, the only non-BYU runner to even crack the top-eight. Fellow Don, graduate student Matt Leach, took tenth place with a final time of 25:15.7. sophomore Mohammad Aziz finished in 23rd (25:57.7), graduate student Ryan Driscoll 44th (26:37.2), and freshman Caleb McClain (26:38.4), sophomore Quentin Purtzer (26:42.0) and graduate student Edward Shepard (26:46.7) finished 46th, 47th and 48th respectively. Rounding out the USF runners was Connor Cavassa who ran a 29:39.3, finishing in 76th. With their top-10 finishes, Leach and Short were both awarded a spot on the All-WCC First Team.
Junior Elena Burkard, freshman Weronika Pyzik and graduate student Charlotte Taylor all made the All-WCC First Team with their finishes. The three of them finished respectively in fourth, fifth and eighth, running times of 21:16.8, 21:17.8 and 21:22.8. Finishing in sixteenth place with a final time of 21:49.3 was freshman Tatjana Shulte. Sophomore Kelsey Nielsen ran a 22:38.8, good for 31st. Junior Daryll Phill competed in her first race of 2015 and placed 36th with a final time of 22:48.4. The final San Francisco runner to finish was sophomore Haley Dorris, crossing the finish at 22:53.9. Pyzik also took home another accolade following the championship, she was named WCC Freshman of the Year.
Both the men’s and women’s team will race again on Nov. 13th in the NCAA West Regionals taking place in Seattle. Wish them well on their hunt for more silverware.
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