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2016 GNAC Cross Country Championships

About The GNAC With members in five states and the province of Canada and with a strong presence in or near the largest city of each, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference has established itself as one of the top Division II athletic conferences in the NCAA during its 15-year history. Founded in July 2001, GNAC teams have had a remarkable 87 Division II top-10 national team finishes in 15 of the 16 sports that it sponsors. The GNAC was well represented at the 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. Alaska Anchorage’s men placed third, the highest nationals finish for a conference cross country program. Western Washington’s women placed sixth and the UAA women placed eighth. The conference yielded eight All-Americans in the meet, led by the Seawolves’ Henry Cheseto (third) and Caroline Kurgat (sixth). The cross country success was the beginning of an unprecedented season of success for the GNAC. Western Washington’s women’s soccer program advanced to the Division II semifinals for the second time in three seasons while the Vikings’ volleyball program also made a final four appearance. Both of the GNAC’s basketball finalists advanced to the Division II Elite Eight. The Alaska Anchorage women advanced to the national championship game while Western Oregon’s men appeared in the national semifinals. Central Washington softball finished off the banner season with an appearance in the Division II West Super Regional. GNAC teams have won three national titles: Seattle University women’s soccer in 2004, Seattle Pacific women’s soccer in 2008 and Western Washington men’s basketball in 2012.

Today’s Meet At Lake Padden Park The GNAC Cross Country Championships return to beautiful Lake Padden in Bellingham, Washington, for the second consecutive year. Hosted by Western Washington University, Lake Padden was the site of the 2005 and 2015 GNAC Championships and will host the conference meet again in 2017. Owned and operated by the city of Bellingham, Lake Padden Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts year round. In addition to the lake and its trails, Lake Padden Park also features a public golf course. Lake Padden is the longtime home of the Western Washington Classic, the school’s annual cross country meet, and was the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2010.

2015 Meet Results

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At Lake Padden Park, Bellingham, Wash. MEN Team Champion: Alaska Anchorage, 21 pts. Athlete of the Year: Henry Cheseto, Alaska Anchorage Freshman of the Year: Sean Miller, Simon Fraser Newcomer of the Year: Matt Winter, Montana State Billings

Some of the top runners in the conference are featured on this year’s GNAC Cross Country Championships program.

WOMEN Team Champion: Alaska Anchorage, 39 pts. Athlete of the Year: Joyce Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage Newcomer of the Year: Karen Horvath, Saint Martin’s Freshman of the Year: Kimberly Cosica, Alaska Anchorage To view past GNAC Cross Country Championships results and the complete history of cross country in the GNAC, scan the QR Code or visit GNACSports.com.

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Clockwise From Top Left: Jared Seckel (Concordia), Addie Townsend (Simon Fraser), Godfrey Kemboi (Northwest Nazarene), Alexa Shindruk (Central Washington), Josh Dempsey (Western Oregon), Brittany Grant (Western Washington), Mary Charleson (Seattle Pacific), Lukash Platil (Alaska), Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage) and Jorey Egeland (Montana State Billings).

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Meet Previews MEN: Seawolves Hope To Roll To Lucky 7

WOMEN: Seawolves, Vikings To Battle

Over the last six seasons, Alaska Anchorage has been nothing short of dominant at the GNAC Cross Country Championships. The Seawolves hope to win lucky title No. 7 on Saturday as the championship meet returns to Bellingham’s Lake Padden Park. In four of the last five championship meets, the Seawolves have scored under 30 points and put together near perfect scores of 18 points in 2014 and 21 points in 2015. In their three meets this season, UAA has finished no worse than second, recording a perfect 15 once, and has not lost to another GNAC team. Western Oregon junior David Ribich It helps that eight runners return has won two meets this season and from last year’s squad that not only was second in his third meet. won the GNAC and West Regional meets, but went on to place third at the NCAA Division II Championships. Junior Edwin Kangogo and senior Michel Ramirez led the Alaska Anchorage charge and both are contenders for the individual title. Kangogo, a 2015 All-American, placed third at last year’s championships and has a win and a top-five finish under his belt in 2016. Ramirez, a 2014 All-American, has placed no worse than fourth in any meet this season. Two-time defending GNAC individual champion Henry Cheseto also returns to the fold, but has finished no better than 11th in two races after winning all but two races he competed in as a sophomore. That opens the door for a number of talented individuals who would like to be the first non-UAA athlete to win the individual title since 2007. Western Oregon’s David Ribich tops the list. The junior placed fourth last year and won his first two races of the season in 2016. Ribich, however, has not raced since placing second at the Sept. 17 Sundodger Invitational. Western Washington junior Isaac Derline put his name on the watch list after winning the WWU Classic on the Lake Padden course on Oct. 8. Derline ran 31:13.2 for the NCAA championship distance of 10,000 meters, finishing 23 seconds ahead of Ramirez. Others to watch in the podium chase include Northwest Nazarene freshman Godfrey Kemboi, who ran a season-best 25:40 for 8,000 meters last week at the Lewis & Clark Invitational, and Western Washington junior Andrew Wise, who was 10th at last year’s GNAC meet. Other top-10 finishers from last year’s meet on the team rosters for 2016 include Simon Fraser’s Marc-Antoine Rouleau (seventh), Alaska Anchorage’s Victor Samoei (sixth) and Nathan Kipchumba (ninth) and Northwest Nazarene’s Isaac Mitchell (eighth). In the team competition, Simon Fraser and Western Washington stand the best chance to dethrone the Seawolves. The Clan and Vikings finished third and fourth, respectively, to UAA at the Western Washington Classic. Simon Fraser returns five competitors from last year’s meet while Western Washington returns seven. Western Oregon also stands to make a charge at the team title. The Wolves finished ahead of Simon Fraser at September’s Ash Creek Invitational and has solid depth with Ribich, freshman Justin Crosswhite and sophomore Dustin Nading.

There is a score to be settled when Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington meet this weekend at the 2016 GNAC Cross Country Championships. It began at last year’s GNAC Championships, when the Seawolves placed their five scoring runners in the top-15 to score 39 points and win their sixth title in a seven-year span on the Vikings’ home course. Western Washington, however, had its say at the regional and national meets. The Vikings finished ahead of the Seawolves in both competitions, placing second at the West Regional Championships Alaska Anchorage senior Joyce and sixth at the NCAA Division II Chelimo looks to win her second Championships. straight GNAC individual title. The two teams are expected to battle for the championship trophy once again and bring a lot of experience back. The Seawolves return eight of nine competitors that ran in last year’s meet while the Vikings return seven. Alaska Anchorage will be led by the potent one-two punch of senior Joyce Chelimo and junior Caroline Kurgat. Chelimo is the defending individual champion and a two-time All-American, but did not race this season until the Oct. 8 Western Washington Classic, where she finished 10th. Kurgat was the runner-up to Chelimo at the 2015 GNAC Championships and placed sixth at the national meet. So far this season, Kurgat has finished no worse than third in three meets, winning the Notre Dame de Namur Argo Invitational and placing second at the WWU Classic. Chelimo and Kurgat will not be the only contenders. After an AllAmerican junior season on the track, Saint Martin’s senior Shannon Porter has made her mark on the cross country course. Porter has three victories to her credit this season and placed fifth at the WWU Classic, just 21 seconds off the pace set by Kurgat. Seattle Pacific brings to the table a one-two punch of its own in junior Mary Charleson and senior Sarah Macdonald. Charleson opened the season with a win at the Humboldt State Invitational, running against some of the region’s top teams, and has finished no worse than 11th in any race this season. Macdonald placed third at Humboldt and was fourth in the virtual championship preview at the WWU Classic. Simon Fraser’s Rebecca Bassett will also have a chance to earn the Clan’s first GNAC individual cross country title. The senior placed third at last year’s championship and has one win on the season at September’s Ash Creek Invitational. Two other top-10 finishers from last year’s meet return: Western Washington’s Brittany Grant (eighth) and Alaska Anchorage’s Kimberly Cosica (ninth). Other runners to watch in the individual race include Northwest Nazarene’s sister act of Sierra and Anysja Manzer. Sierra, a sophomore, has three top-five finishes on the season, topped by a win at the season-opening Idaho State Invitational. Anysja had three top-10 finishes, including a third place finish at September’s Yellowjacket Open. Simon Fraser is expected to contend for the team title after winning in 2014 and placing third in 2015. In addition to Bassett, junior Julia Howley has paced the Clan to solid team finishes all season. Seattle Pacific is also in the mix thanks to the work of Charleson and Macdonald along with senior Hannah Calvert.

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Alaska Anchorage

Central Washington









The Nanooks have seen steady improvement, particularly in the women’s program. Senior Dorothy O’Donnell notched a top-five finish at the Willamette Invitational while she and Kali Striker were among the top GNAC performers at the WWU Classic. Lukash Platil and Alex Eckert lead the Alaska men. The two have shared the No. 1 spot the majority of the season, with Platil notching top-50 finishes at both the Willamette Invitational and Sundodger Invitational.

Men 126 Mitch Burgess 127 Jan Cech 128 Alex Eckert 129 Michael Fehrenbach 130 Lyon Kopsack 131 Lukash Platil 132 Keegan Rankin 133 Tristan Sayre 134 Daniel Serventi 135 Seiji Takagi 136 Carl Wahlin 137 Jacob Walsh

Yr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Fr.

Hometown Temecula, Calif. Jilemnice, Cezch Rep. Bischofsheim, Germany Saint Märgen, Germany Palmer, Alaska Thornton, Colo. El Paso, Texas Fairbanks, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Bismarck, N.D. Eagle River, Alaska

Women Yr. Hometown 12 Nichole Bathe Sr. Madison, Wis. 13 Hannah Booher Fr. Chugiak, Alaska 14 Kim Fitzgerald Jr. Fairbanks, Alaska 15 Brooke Gottmeier Fr. Fairbanks, Alaska 16 Sarah Lilly Sr. Fairbanks, Alaska 17 Anne-Tine Markset Sr. Oslo, Norway 18 Dorothy O’Donnell Sr. Fairbanks, Alaska 19 Hannah Stevens Sr. Eagle River, Alaska 20 Kali Striker Sr, Midlothian, Va. 21 Ann-Cathrin Uhl Jr. Muhlenbach, Germany 22 Grace Weller Jr. Petersburg, Alaska Head Coach: Nick Crawford



The defending men’s and women’s team champions, the Seawolves are looking for their seventh consecutive men’s title and the seventh women’s crown over the last eight years. Alaska Anchorage also returns both defending individual champions. Men’s champion Henry Cheseto has two races in this season, placing 11th at the WWU Classic. Women’s champion Joyce Chelimo ran her first race of the season earlier this month on the Lake Padden Course. Junior Caroline Kurgat has led the UAA women this season, winning the Notre Dame de Namur Argonaut Invitational and placing second at the WWU Classic. Junior Edwin Kangogo led the UAA men at the Argo Invitational while Michel Ramirez placed third at the Sundodger Invitational. Men Yr. 116 Justin Carrancho Jr. 117 Henry Cheseto Jr. 118 Edwin Kangogo Jr. 119 Amos Kipchumba So. 120 Nathan Kipchumba Jr. 121 Kaleb Korta Fr. 122 Michael Mendenhall Sr. 123 Jesse Miller Sr. 124 Michel Ramirez Sr. 125 Victor Samoei Sr.

Hometown Salinas, Calif. Kapenguria, Kenya Eldoret, Kenya Kapsowar, Kenya Eldoret, Kenya Galena, Alaska Kenmore, Wash. Juneau, Alaska Salinas, Calif. Eldoret, Kenya

Women Yr. Hometown 1 Jordyn Block Fr. Palmer, Alaska 2 Mariah Burroughs Jr. Wasilla, Alaska 3 Riley Burroughs So. Wasilla, Alaska 4 Emmah Chelimo So. Chebiemit, Kenya 5 Joyce Chelimo Sr. Kapsowar, Kenya 6 Kimberly Cosica So. Torrance, Calif. 7 Zennah Jepchumba So. Eldoret, Kenya 8 Caroline Kurgat Jr. Eldoret, Kenya 9 Kaitlyn Maker So. Anchorage, Alaska 10 Danielle McCormick So. Soldotna, Alaska 11 Tamara Perez Jr. Hendaye, France Head Coach: Michael Friess Assistants: Erin Alewine, T.J. Garlatz, Ryan McWilliams

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Central Washington is looking to build upon a third place women’s finish and sixth place men’s finish in last year’s championship. Sophomore Alexa Shindruk has paced the CWU women, placing ninth at the Willamette Invitational and 29th at the WWU Classic. Senior Elena Gomez opened the season by winning the Central Washington Invitational. Sophomores have paced CWU’s young men’s squad. Tyler Humphries and Josh Boston have traded meets as the Wildcats’ No. 1 runners, with senior Kaleb Javier providing depth. The team put just 24 seconds between the No. 1 and No. 5 runners at the WWU Classic. Men Yr. 138 Josh Boston Jr. 139 Taryk Boyd So. 140 Matt Conrardy Fr. 141 Nick Gennarelli Fr. 142 Tyler Humphries So. 143 Kaleb Javier Sr. 144 Jonathan Lafferty So. 145 Ron Leaf Jr. 146 Hanson Lee So. 147 Justin Pringle So. 148 Matthew Schrenk So. 149 Nick Spencer Sr.

Hometown Ridgecrest, Calif. Camas, Wash. Sutter Creek, Wash. Maple Valley, Wash. Puyallup, Wash. Tacoma, Wash. Kennewick, Wash. Kelso, Wash. Ballard, Wash. Wenatchee, Wash. Selah, Wash. Tacoma, Wash.

Women Yr. Hometown 23 Tera Beyerlein Jr. Mukilteo, Wash. 24 Brenna Carlson Fr. Olympia, Wash. 25 Delaney Clem Fr. Pendleton, Ore. 26 Samantha DuPras Fr. Vail, Ariz. 27 Alicia Girdler Fr. E. Wenatchee, Wash. 28 Elena Gomez Sr. Denver, Colo. 29 Haley Hovland Fr. Ephrata, Wash. 30 Brenna Liebel So. Buckley, Wash. 31 Ashley Mason So. Federal Way, Wash. 32 Kaitlyn McKinney Sr. Vancouver, Wash. 33 Miranda Nelson Fr. Gig Harbor, Wash. 34 Stephanie Rexus Sr. Kennewick, Wash. 35 Alexa Shindruk So. Bellingham, Wash. Head Coach: Kevin Adkisson Assistant: Bryan Contreras

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Montana State Billings







With one season of experience in the GNAC, Concordia is looking to build upon an eighth place women’s finish and an 11th place men’s finish at the 2015 championships. Judd Lewis has been a steady front-runner for the Concordia men. The junior transfer was named GNAC Male Athlete of the Week after placing seventh at the Willamette Invitational and has three top-15 finishes to his credit. Senior Jared Seckel provides additional depth. Freshman Gabby Hobson and sophomore Nicole Pederson lead a young Concordia women’s team. Pederson placed 26th at the 2015 GNAC Championships as a freshman. Men Yr. 150 Kameron Jones Fr. 151 Roman Kirkov Sr. 152 Judd Lewis Jr. 153 Ethan Livermore Sr. 154 Noah Murry Fr. 155 Demetrius Rhodes Sr. 156 Jared Seckel Sr. 157 Paris Speidel Sr.

Hometown Renton, Wash. Vancouver, Wash. Wenatchee, Wash. Portland, Ore. Olympia, Wash. Portland, Ore. Valencia, Calif. Bellingham, Wash.

Women Yr. Hometown 36 Kaitlyn Bailly Fr. Anchorage, Alaska 37 Kelsea Campbell Jr. Sparks, Nev. 38 Bailey Fjelstul Fr. Kenmore, Wash. 39 Megan Fristoe Sr. Bend, Ore. 40 Sara Fristoe Sr. Bend, Ore. 41 Sara Harrington Jr. San Francisco, Calif. 42 Gabby Hobson Fr. Coos Bay, Ore. 43 Nicole Pederson So. Redondo Beach, Calif. 44 Dalen Richardson Jr. Boring, Ore. 45 Madison Schell Jr. Durham, Calif.



Northwest Nazarene


A. Manzer


The Yellowjackets will depend on upperclassmen to lead in the men’s competition. Senior Garrett Love has a pair of top-five finishes this season, most recently at the Yellowjacket Open. Junior Jorey Egeland placed sixth at the Yellowjacket Open. On the women’s side, freshman Nikki Aiken has been MSUB’s top runner in two of six meets. Senior Rio Frame has paced the Yellowjackets in three meets and aims to end her collegiate career on a high note.

The Manzer sisters provide a solid one-two punch for the Crusaders’ women. Sophomore Sierra Manzer won the Idaho State Invitational and has top-five finishes in all four meets this season. Anysja Manzer placed fifth the L&C Invitational and ninth at San Francisco State. Freshman Godfrey Kemboi has established himself as a men’s front-runner, winning the Yellowjacket Invitational and placing fifth at Idaho State. Senior Isaac Mitchell returns with All-GNAC credentials. He led the Crusaders with his sixth place finish at San Francisco State.

Men 158 Ivan Colmenero 159 Jorey Egeland 160 Mark Hovland 161 Garrett Love 162 Liam McKay 163 Tyus Mendoza 164 Josh Panasuk 165 Ronald Venema

Men 166 Peyton Brothers 167 Gabe Fisher 168 Nick Hamilton 169 Godfrey Kemboi 170 Rylan Manzer 171 Isaac Mitchell

Yr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr.

Women 54 McKenna Conley 55 Bethany Danner 56 Emily Hammons 57 Anysja Manzer 58 Sierra Manzer 59 Emily Merioles 60 Halie Wilsey

Yr. Hometown So. Redmond, Ore. Fr. McCall, Idaho So. Caldwell, Idaho Jr. Melba, Idaho So. Melba, Idaho Sr. Valdez, Alaska Sr. Kimberly, Idaho

Yr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr.

Hometown Manhattan, Mont. Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. Surrey, B.C. Colstrip, Mont. Billings, Mont. Pinesdale, Mont.

Women Yr. Hometown 46 Nikki Aiken Fr. Belgrade, Mont. 47 Sarah Beatty So. Billings, Mont. 48 Bailey Bomar Jr. Billings, Mont. 49 Lydia Foster Fr. Gillette, Wyo. 50 Rio Frame Sr. Glendive, Mont. 51 Ella McKenzie Fr. Livingston, Mont. 52 Krysten Mossburg Fr. Libby, Mont. 53 Catrina Schuchard Fr. Harlowton, Mont. Head Coach: Dave Coppock Assistant: Jonathan Woehl Volunteer Assistants: Mark Bolt, Matt Winter

Hometown Nampa, Idaho Nampa, Idaho Caldwell, Idaho Iten, Kenya Melba, Idaho Sandy, Ore.

Head Coach: John Spatz Associate Head Coach: Jake Perry Assistant: Jenny Perry

Head Coach: Jarrett Mantalas Assistants: Mikel Elliott, Brad Pettyman

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Saint Martin’s

Seattle Pacific

Simon Fraser







The Saint Martin’s women have shown considerable growth thanks in part to senior Shannon Porter. Running her first collegiate cross country season, Porter has won three races, including the Willamette Invitational, and has finished no race worse than fifth. Junior Yadira Lopez has followed closely, placing sixth at Willamette and 25th at the Sundodger Invitational. Seniors Josiah Shelman and Jasper Heckman lead the Saints’ men. Shelman placed 15th at the SMU Open while Heckman placed third at the Logger Invitational. Junior Skyler Larson placed second in the season-opener to lead the Saints to the Logger Invitational title. Men 172 Colton Buster 173 Travis Crumpler 174 Joe Edgecomb 175 Jasper Heckman 176 Josh Hunt 177 Skyler Larson 178 Austin Miller 179 Levi Schilter 180 Josiah Shelman

Yr. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr.

Hometown Centralia, Wash. Kennewick, Wash. Lakewood, Wash. Orting, Wash. Onalaska, Wash. Pasco, Wash. Port Orchard, Wash. Lacey, Wash. Olympia, Wash.

Women Yr. Hometown 61 Olivia Abbott Fr. Buckley, Wash. 62 Lindsey Dorney So. Bothell, Wash. 63 Larissa Kolasinski So. Issaquah, Wash. 64 Yadira Lopez Jr. Lakewood, Wash. 65 Claire McCloskey Sr. Kenmore, Wash. 66 Shannon Porter Sr. Vancouver, Wash. 67 Tiffany Pott Fr. Auburn, Wash. 68 Megan Teigen Sr. Olympia, Wash. 69 Yeshi Vaughan Fr. Rochester, Wash. Head Coach: Jim Brewer Assistants: Rachel Brewer, Christine Eckstein




The Falcons return one of the most experienced teams of women to this year’s meet. Junior Mary Charleson won the Humboldt State Invitational to open the year, placed second at the SMU Open and 11th at the WWU Classic. Senior Sarah Macdonald was the second GNAC runner to cross the line at the WWU Classic, placing fourth, and has top-five finishes in all three of her meets this season. Junior Ben Halladay is the leader of the Seattle Pacific men, topped by a 19th place finish at the Humboldt State Invitational and a 35th place finish at the WWU Classic. Freshman Danny Provo has stepped up as the No. 2 runner in all three meets. Men 181 Ben Halladay 182 Brysten James 183 David McLeod 184 Jesse Phan 185 Danny Provo 186 Clark Sterling 187 Joey Walker

Yr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Fr. Jr. Sr.

Hometown Mukilteo, Wash. Warsaw, Ind. Des Moines, Wash. Bellingham, Wash. Missoula, Mont. Mill Creek, Wash. Auburn, Wash.

Women Yr. Hometown 70 Hannah Calvert Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. 71 Sophie Carroll Jr. Bremerton, Wash. 72 Mary Charleson Jr. Mill Creek, Wash. 73 Alyssa Foote Fr. Beaverton, Ore. 74 Hailey Kettel Jr. Edmonds, Wash. 75 Kate Lilly Fr. Renton, Wash. 76 Sarah Macdonald Sr. Tucson, Ariz. 77 Sedona McNerney Fr. Fair Oaks, Calif. 78 Chynna Phan Jr. Bellingham, Wash. 79 Katherine Walter Fr. Brier, Wash. Head Coach: Karl Lerum Assistants: Chris Reed, Audra Smith



The Clan aim to be challengers for both the men’s and women’s team titles. The SFU men return most of its runners from last year’s runner-up finish. Junior Braeden Charlton has led the way in 2016 with three top-20 finishes, paced by a 12th place finish at the WWU Classic. Senior Oliver Jorgensen also returns, but has yet to run in a meet this season. Rebecca Bassett hopes to challenge for the women’s individual title. The senior won the Ash Creek Invitational in September and has placed in the top-20 of all four meets this season. Junior Julia Howley has followed close behind in each meet, placing third at Ash Creek and joining Bassett as a top-20 finisher at the Stanford Invitational. Men Yr. 188 Braeden Charlton Sr. 189 Mateo de Dalmases Jr. 190 Rowan Doherty So. 191 Thomas Gallagher Fr. 192 Phillipe Gravel Jr. 193 Sean Miller So. 194 Timothy Mustard So. 195 Marc-Antoine Rouleau Sr. 196 Samuel Serviss So. 197 Lorenzo Smith Sr. 198 Ephraim Tadesse Jr. Women 80 Miryam Bassett 81 Rebecca Bassett 82 Erina Cho 83 Reta Dobie 84 Julia Howley 85 Paige Nock 86 Chelsea Riberio 87 Addy Townsend 88 Dana Townsend

Hometown Vancouver, B.C. Corbera de Llobregat, Spain

West Vancouver, B.C. Keswick, Ont. Sherbrooke, Que. Nanimo, B.C. Etobicoke, B.C. Sherbrooke, Que. Petawawa, Ont. Chilliwack, B.C. Surrey, B.C.

Yr. Hometown Jr. Nanaimo, B.C. Sr. Nanaimo, B.C. Sr. Coquitlam, B.C. Jr. Surrey, B.C. Jr. St. John’s, N.L. Jr. Courtice, Ont. So. Surrey, B.C. So. Coquitlam, B.C. Jr. Coquitlam, B.C.

Head Coach: Brit Townsend

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Western Oregon

Western Washington






David Ribich stands a chance to end Alaska Anchorage’s eight-year run of men’s individual champions. The junior won two of his three meets in 2016 and was five seconds from victory at the Sundodger Invitational, placing second. Sophomore Dustin Nading and freshman Justin Crosswhite have provided solid additional depth to back Ribich. The WOU women are led by senior Nicole Maurmann, who placed fourth on her home course at the Ash Creek Invitational and 11th at the John Frank Oregon State Invitational. Sophomore Kennedy Rufener has three top-20 finishes this season, placing sixth at Ash Creek and 16th at the Willamette Invitational. Men Yr. 199 Brennan Buckley-Noonan Fr. 200 Michael Chin Jr. 201 Justin Crosswhite Fr. 202 Josh Dempsey Jr. 203 Alan Ekanger Jr. 204 Steven Fey Fr. 205 Sawyer Heckard Fr. 206 Tyler Jones So. 207 Hunter Mosman Fr. 208 Dustin Nading So. 209 David Ribich Jr.

Hometown Redmond, Ore. Honolulu, Hawaii Hood River, Ore. Gresham, Ore. Henderson, Colo. Portland, Ore. Coos Bay, Ore. Bend, Ore. Salem, Ore. Longview, Wash. Enterprise, Ore.

Women Yr. Hometown 89 Rachel Bayly Fr. Moscow, Idaho 90 Grayson Burke Fr. Vancouver, Wash. 91 Felicia Covey Jr. Keizer, Ore. 92 Amanda Dithazy Sr. Auburn, Wash. 93 Toni Gowen Fr. Wilsonville, Ore. 94 Lauren Kangas So. Ballard, Wash. 95 Grace Knapp So. Sandy, Ore. 96 Ginny Link Fr. Canby, Ore. 97 Nicole Maurmann Sr. Salem, Ore.. 98 Megan Rose So. Hillsboro, Ore. 99 Kennedy Rufener Sr. Clackamas, Ore. 100 Suzie Van de Grift Jr. Yamhill, Ore. 101 Olivia Woods So. Troutdale, Ore. Head Coach: Mike Johnson Assistant: Brady Beagley




Running on its home course, Western Washington is a contender in both the men’s and women’s races. The Vikings’ women placed second to UAA last year before bettering the Seawolves at both the regional and national meets. Senior Brittany Grant provides solid leadership up front, opening her season with a 15th place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational and was 17th at the WWU Classic. Junior Lillianna Stelling was second at the CWU Invitational and 27th at the Griak. For the men, junior Isaac Derline placed sixth in his first two meets before winning the WWU Classic. Derline figures to be in the mix for the individual title. Junior Andrew Wise won the CWU Invitational and placed 10th at the Griak while senior Matthew Lutz placed sixth at the WWU Classic. Men Yr. 210 Peter Butler Fr. 211 Liam Cossette Fr. 212 Ben Crowell Fr. 213 Isaac Derline Jr. 214 Sean Eustis Jr. 215 Cameron Freshwaters Jr. 216 Logan Giese Jr. 217 Dylan Hayes So. 218 Justin Irvine So. 219 Matthew Lutz Sr. 220 Cody McCranie Sr. 221 Nick Mounier So. 222 Max Romey Jr. 223 Andrew Wise Jr.

Hometown Port Angeles, Wash. Spokane, Wash. Puyallup, Wash. Kent, Wash. Washougal, Wash. Tacoma, Wash. Spokane, Wash. Seattle, Wash. Yakima, Wash. Bremerton, Wash. Auburn, Wash. Kelso, Wash. Anchorage, Alaska Denver, Colo.

Women Yr. Hometown 102 Talia Dreicer Fr. Los Alamos, N.M. 103 Sophia Galvez Fr. Los Alamos, N.M. 104 Brittany Grant Sr. Port Townsend, Wash. 105 Maddy Hutchison Jr. Snoqualmie, Wash. 106 Aundrea Koger Fr. Osage City, Kan. 107 Alexandra Laiblin Jr. Oak Harbor, Wash. 108 Sofia Marikis Sr. Nine Mile Falls, Wash. 109 Peyton Shinnick Fr. Maple Valley, Wash. 110 Waverly Shreffler Fr. Sequim, Wash. 111 Lillianna Stelling Jr. Langley, Wash. 112 Sara Taferre Jr. Vancouver. Wash. 113 Shawna Troupe Jr. Kelso, Wash. 114 Hallie Whitley So. Olympia, Wash. 115 Mihkalea Woodward So. Sandpoint, Idaho

1. Adams State (7) 199 1 2. Grand Valley St. (1) 193 2 3. Colorado Mines 181 3 4. Chico State 179 4 5. Cal Poly Pomona 167 5 6. Western State 157 8 7. Augustana (S.D.) 151 7 8. CSU-Pueblo 142 6 9. Alaska Anchorage 138 8 10. Southern Indiana 133 10 11. Hillsdale 116 11 12. UC San Diego 111 12 13. Black Hills St. 80 14 14. Lee (Tenn.) 78 24 15. Saginaw Valley St. 75 16 16. Missouri Southern 73 14 T17. Cal Baptist 66 18 Mount Olive 66 13 19. American International 57 19 20. Lock Haven 49 17 21. Walsh 48 21 22. West Texas A&M 36 25 23. Shippensburg 32 20 24. Academy of Art 26 RV 25. Lewis 20 RV WEST REGION RANKINGS: 1, Chico State; 2, Cal Poly Pomona; 3, Alaska Anchorage; 4, UC San Diego; 5, Cal Baptist; 6, Academy of Art; 7, Simon Fraser; 8, Western Washington; 9, San Francisco State; 10, Western Oregon. USTFCCCA DVISION II WOMEN’S COACHES POLL as of Oct. 14, 2016 Rk School (1st) Pts. Prev.

1. Adams State (8) 2. Grand Valley St. 3. Mary 4. Western State 5. Minnesota Duluth 6. Cedarville 7. Southern Indiana 8. Cal Baptist 9. Chico State 10. Northern Michigan 11. UC-Colorado Springs 12. Hillsdale 13. Stonehill 14. Alaska Anchorage 15. Dallas Baptist 16. Point Loma 17. Fort Hays State 18. Malone T19. Montevallo Simon Fraser 21. CSU-Pueblo 22. Shippensburg 23. Southwest Baptist 24. UC San Diego 25. Seattle Pacific

200 192 182 175 167 160 148 145 137 127 116 115 105 96 84 64 62 58 45 45 36 32 31 27 13

1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 4 11 12 10 13 RV 16 NR NR 17 19 NR 21 22 23 14 18

WEST REGION RANKINGS: 1, Cal Baptist; 2, Chico State; 3, Alaska Anchorage; 4, Point Loma; 5, Simon Fraser; 6, UC San Diego; 7, Seattle Pacific; 8, Western Washington; 9, Humboldt State; 10, Cal Poly Pomona.

Head Coach: Pee Wee Halsell Assistant: Bill Roe Volunteer Assistants: Tanner Boyd, Erik DeRoche

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Men’s Race, 10 a.m.

Women’s Race, 11 a.m.

Awards, Noon


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