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XC | Youth Steps Up At Competitive WCC Championships

Oct. 27, 2017

Final Results

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both had solid showings thanks to a number of underclassmen stepping up Friday in competitive races at the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships at Metropolitan Links Golf Course.

MEN

  • The Saint Mary’s men finished seventh in a field that included two of the top-three nationally ranked teams (No. 2 BYU, No. 3 Portland) and three of the top-30 (No. 29 San Francisco), as well as six regionally ranked squads.

  • Senior Noah McDermott led the charge for the Gaels in his final WCC Championship meet, finishing the 8-kilometer race in 26th with a time of 24 minutes, 38.7 seconds.

  • Raymond Boffman was SMC’s No. 2 runner, placing 37th in 25:01.5. Moses Bojorquez was once again the Gaels’ No. 3 runner, finishing 43rd in 25:29.9. Josh Spooner gave the Gaels four in the top-50 with a 46th-place finish in 25:32.0.

  • Nolan Dozier was the Gaels’ fifth scorer, finishing 52nd in 25:53.3 Brady Lance finished 60th in his first career WCC Championship meet (26:16.3).


WOMEN

  • The Saint Mary’s women placed eighth, beating rival Santa Clara (ninth) and falling just 26 points short of Pacific for seventh.

  • Abby Bolt led the Saint Mary’s women for the fifth time in as many meets this season, finishing 26th with a time of 21:37.7 on the 6 km course.

  • Freshman Abigayle Mitchell teamed with Allie Timbrell to finish 56th and 58th, respectively. Mitchell posted a time of 22:56.1 in her first WCC Championship, while the junior Timbrell finished in 22:59.5.

  • The Gaels’ four through nine runners all packed well, finishing within 57 seconds of each other. Katie Watson (71st, 23:37.8) and Grace De Leon (72nd, 23:39.6) went back-to-back. Neylene Leon (74th, 23:45.0) wasn’t far behind, while Hanna English (77th, 24:13.9), Danielle Destefano (81st, 24:32.7) and Abby Mangilog (83rd, 24:43.7) all followed.

 

 


COACH KINSEY QUOTES

  • “I’m really happy with the women’s performance. All year we’ve been focusing on each race being a building block for the next one, and we started the season understaffed on the women’s team, so to get out there and have nine healthy women, and some of them picked it up. We had some freshmen step up big time for us, help us beat our rival Santa Clara, and to do that two years in a row is awesome.”

  • “We want to get better, we can improve much more on this race at regionals. This is just the starting point for having a great end of the season.”

  • “On the guys’ side, it’s a challenge because the conference is so good. You’ve got the No. 2 and 3 nationally ranked teams, USF is ranked No. 29 in the country, Santa Clara is 12th in the West Region, LMU is 13th, so to be in the conversation with them right now – we’re there and we’re capable.”

  • “I think our (men’s) team is really strong, and the training should get them to a really good regional race at a 10 km distance. Now the job is just to pump them up and motivate them to go do it. They’re capable, and I think we can finish in the top-15 in the region, that’ll be our goal.”


COMING UP

  • The men’s and women’s teams travel to Seattle on Nov. 10 for the 2017 NCAA West Regional, hosted by the University of Washington.

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