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2010 BEARCAT CROSS COUNTRY

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WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY


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A Running Tradition of Excellence Nick Symmonds `06

Sarah Zerzan `08

NCAA 1500m National Champion (3) NCAA 800m National Champion (4) NWC Cross Country Champion USA Outdoor 800m Champion (3) USA Outdoor 800m Runner-up (2) USA Indoor 800m Champion (2) USA Indoor 800m Runner-up (1) Prefontaine Classic 800m Champion World Championships Finalist Olympic Games Semifinalist

NCAA National Champion (2) West Region Champion (3) NWC Cross Country Champion (2) Oregon Small College Athlete of the Year NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award NCAA Female Athlete of the Year (2) NCAA Walter Byers Finalist NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist

As a Bearcat, Nick Symmonds was very successful in the classroom and lost to no one on the track. Since graduating, he has taken the running world by storm, becoming the USA 800m Champion and competing at the Olympics in Beijing. Note: Repeated honors listed in parentheses

Sarah Zerzan, a 2008 graduate of Willamette, stood out from the crowd. She was an exemplary student and a dominant cross country runner. She won two national titles in cross country and received the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award. She was a true example of what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level.


General Information Table of Contents

A Running Tradition of Excellence................ IFC General Information.............................................. 1 Willamette Championships.................................... 1 2010 Season Preview...........................................2-3 Head Coach Matt McGuirk................................... 4 Assistant Coach Brett Franz.................................. 5 Assistant Coach Christopher Sabato.................... 6 Assistant Coach Bobbi St. Clair............................ 6 2010 Willamette Home Meets............................... 7 Bearcat Men’s Team...........................................8-12 Men’s Team History.............................................. 13 Men’s Willamette Records.................................... 13 Bearcat Women’s Team.................................. 14-17 Women’s Team History........................................ 18 Women’s Willamette Records.............................. 18 2009 Season Review.............................................. 19 Women’s NWC Championship Photo............... 19 Willamette University........................................... 20 Willamette Facts.................................................... 21 Salem Facts/Attractions and Recreation........... 21 Athletic Facilities................................................... 22 Willamette Administration................................... 23 Athletics Department Staff . ............................... 23 Action Photos...............................................24, IBC 2010 Willamette Schedule............................... OBC

Willamette Championships

NCAA West Region Championships Men — 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Women — 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 NWC Championships Men — 1963, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 Women — 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Bearcat Cross Country Quick Facts

Head Coach..............................Matt McGuirk Office Phone...................... (503) 370-6898 Seasons as WU Head Coach.................... 7th Alma Mater...................... U. of Oregon, 1988 Assistant Coach........................... Brett Franz Office Phone...................... (503) 370-6934 Assistant Coach.............. Christopher Sabato Office Phone...................... (503) 370-6803 Assistant Coach...................... Bobbi St. Clair Cross Country Course....Bush’s Pasture Park Stadium...........Charles Bowles Track (2,400)

Willamette General Information Location....................................................... Salem, Oregon Founded......................................................................... 1842 Enrollment..............1,801 Undergraduate; 2,606 Overall President.................................................Dr. M. Lee Pelton Dean of Campus Life...................... Dr. David Douglass Faculty Athletic Rep................... Dr. Julianne Abendroth Director of Athletics....................................Mark Majeski Nickname................................................................Bearcats Colors.............................................Cardinal and Old Gold National Affiliation............................NCAA Division III Conference......................Northwest Conference (NWC) Associate Athletic Director.............Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer Assistant Athletic Director.......................... Judy Gordon Administrative Assistant............................ Leslie Berning Head Athletic Trainer..........................Shane Wibel, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer...................Erin Scharer, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer......................Ken Smith, ATC Team Physician................................... Dr. David Thorsett Team Physician...............................Dr. Daniel Schweigert Athletics Comm. Director...................Robert McKinney Asst. Athletics Comm. Director....................Sara Elcano Athletics Comm. Phone............................(503) 370-6110 Athletics Comm. E-mail....... rmckinne@willamette.edu Athletics Phone/FAX.................... (503) 370-6420/6379 Athletics Web Site.............www.willamette.edu/athletics

The 2010 Willamette University Cross Country Media Guide was written, designed and edited by Christopher Sabato, assistant cross country coach, Robert McKinney, athletics comm. director, and Sara Elcano, asst. athletics comm. director. Outside cover pages designed by the Willamette Office of Marketing Communications. Inside page design by Sabato. Photos: Front Cover (L to R) — Kimber Mattox, Stefan Redfield, Matt Parker; Inside Back Cover — Top Left: The men’s team at the start of a meet; Middle Left (L to R): Junior Chavarin, Sarah McSweeney; Top Middle: Brin Manoogian-O’Dell; Top Right: The women’s team relaxes prior to a race; Bottom (L to R): Ryan McLaughlin, Phoebe Tollefson, Nate Smith, Erynn Rebol. Front Cover Photos by Sabato. Inside Photos by Sabato, Naomi Stukey and the WU Office of Communications. Printing: K/P Corporation. Credits:

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2010 Season Preview The Willamette University men’s and women’s cross country teams are set for the start of the 2010 season. The Bearcats will compete for the first time on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Pier Park Invitational, hosted by the University of Portland. Willamette will run in several other prestigious meets during the season, including the 36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational, hosted by the Bearcats on Oct. 2. Other top meets include the Bill Dellinger Invitational at the University of Oregon and the Mike Hodges Invitational which will be held in Oregon City, Ore. The season will conclude with three great meets: the Northwest Conference (NWC) Championships, the NCAA Division III West Regional and the NCAA Division III National Championships. Last year, the Willamette men’s team won the NWC title for the eighth time in nine years and the 19th time overall. The Bearcats also placed second at the NCAA West Regional and finished 20th in the team standings at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Highland Hills, Ohio. Head Coach Matt McGuirk was selected NWC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the

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Stefan Redfield

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Year for the seventh time (2001, 2003-07, 2009). Six of the seven runners who competed for Willamette at the 2009 NCAA Championships have returned. Among those returning is Stefan Redfield (Sr., Sisters, OR/ Sisters HS), who finished 58th in the nation (42nd among scorers). Also returning for the Bearcats after participating in the NCAA Championships last fall are senior Matt Parker (Portland, OR/Lincoln HS), junior Leo Castillo (Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS), junior Ben Donovan (Minneapolis, MN/ South HS), senior Nicholas Rebol (Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) and senior Ryan McLaughlin (Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS). Parker, Redfield, Castillo and Rebol each qualified for All-West Leo Castillo Region honors last season. Parker was 5th, Redfield 8th, Castillo 13th and Rebol 23rd at the West Regional. Those four athletes also received All-NWC recognition, with Castillo (2nd), Parker (3rd) and Redfield (4th) on the First Team and Rebol (8th) on the Second Team. The Bearcats have a total of 19 runners on the men’s roster. Willamette’s strength and depth have combined to earn the Bearcats a #17 national ranking in the NCAA Division III Men’s Country Preseason Poll by the United


Kaitlin Greene States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In the West Region rankings, the Willamette men begin the year ranked #2 behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. In addition, the Willamette women’s team begins the year holding the #4 ranking in the West Region. The Bearcats have six of seven runners back on the women’s team who participated at the NCAA West Regional in 2009. WU’s top finisher at the Regional, Tina Patel ‘10 (Bend, OR/Summit HS) graduated after placing ninth in the West Region and competing at the NCAA Championships. The list of returning runners is led by sophomore Kimber Mattox (Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.), who placed sixth in the NWC and 15th at the West Region meet. Mattox was named First Team All-NWC and was chosen All-West Region. Other athletes on the 2010 WU women’s team who competed at the West Regional last year are junior Kaitlin Greene (Pullman, WA/Pullman HS),

sophomore Amanda Tamanaha (Honolulu, HI/Saint Andrews Priory), sophomore Alisha Till (Richland, WA/Richland HS), sophomore Theresa Edwards (Lake Tapps, WA/Bonney Lake HS) and senior Megan Horning (Page, AZ/Page HS). Overall, there are 15 runners on this year’s Bearcat women’s team. The Bearcats have won eight NWC men’s titles and eight NWC women’s championships since 2000. Willamette also has achieved six NCAA West Region men’s championships and five NCAA West Region women’s titles since 2002. In addition, the Willamette men’s team has placed in the Top 30 at the NCAA National Championships for nine consecutive seasons, including fifth place finishes in 2002 and 2004. The WU women’s team has achieved NCAA finishes in the Top 20 five times since 2004, including ninth place in 2004 and 2007.

Kimber Mattox

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Matt McGuirk

Head Coach (7th year, 12th at WU) Matt McGuirk is in his seventh year as the head coach of cross country and his eighth year as head coach of track and field at Willamette University. Prior to becoming head coach in 2004, McGuirk led the men’s cross country team for five seasons. He also was the team’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 1999-03. His ability to recruit student-athletes who succeed both in the classroom and in competition has led to the most successful teams in school history. In 2002 and 2004, the WU men’s team earned fifth place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Sarah Zerzan of WU won back-to-back individual national titles at the NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. The WU women’s team placed ninth in the NCAA during the 2004 and 2007 seasons. McGuirk was named NWC Coach of the Year in both men’s and women’s cross country in 2004 and 2007. He also earned NWC Coach of “Willamette is the ideal place for the Year honors in men’s cross a student who is looking for high country in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 quality academics and athletics. It’s and 2009, and in women’s in 2008. my honest belief that if an individual chooses Willamette and decides to be McGuirk led the men’s team successful in and out of the classroom, to eight NWC titles in the past the opportunity will be provided. The nine years and the women to five philosophy of my staff is to simply straight titles from 2004-08. He impart the best advice, information and also led WU to the NCAA West opportunities to allow student-athletes Regional men’s title in six of the to be great in whatever they want to past eight seasons and to the achieve.” women’s West Regional title four — Matt McGuirk of the past six years.

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McGuirk-Coached Teams Year Men’s Team 2001 NCAA - 7th 2002 NCAA - 5th 2003 NCAA - 12th Women’s Team 2004 NCAA - 5th NCAA - 9th 2005 NCAA - 16th NCAA - 14th 2006 NCAA - 27th NCAA - 20th* 2007 NCAA - 18th (tie) NCAA - 9th* 2008 NCAA - 27th NCAA - 15th^ 2009 NCAA - 20th NCAA - Individual * Sarah Zerzan individual National Champion ^ Maddie Coffman finished in fourth place McGuirk’s NWC Championships Men - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 Women - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 McGuirk’s West Region Championships Men - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Women - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

McGuirk has guided the men’s team to the NCAA Championships nine times, with the women qualifying on five occassions. He was an assistant coach when the women qualified in 2003. Since he has been at WU, both teams have earned AllAcademic status every year. The award requires at least a 3.1 team GPA. As Willamette’s track and field coach, McGuirk led the men’s team to a tie for third place at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 2004, giving Willamette its first NCAA trophy in school history. The WU men’s team took fourth place at the NCAA Championships in 2005.

West Region Men’s Coach of the Year 2001, 2003, 2005 West Region Women’s Coach of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 NWC Men’s Coach of the Year 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 NWC Women’s Coach of the Year 2004, 2007, 2008


Brett Franz

Assistant Coach (5th year) Brett Franz is in his fifth year as an assistant coach on the WU coaching staff. He works with the cross country teams as well as overseeing the training for the sprints, jumps, hurdles and multi-events for the track and field teams. Franz joined the Willamette coaching staff after serving as head men’s and women’s cross country and distance coach at Lindenwood University (Mo.). In addition to coaching the distance runners, he was the head assistant coach for the track and field teams. As the head assistant coach at LU, Franz worked with a squad that had 50 NAIA Track and Field All-Americans, including 11 NAIA National Champions. He helped guide the Lindenwood men’s team to an NAIA Indoor National Championship as well as an Outdoor National runner-up finish. The women’s squad finished fourth at the Indoor National Championship and sixth at the Outdoor National Championship. The track and field team at Lindenwood included Donald Thomas, the 2007 World Champion in the high jump, plus Michael Rodgers (100m) and James Jenkins (triple jump), who were qualifiers and finalists at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Also at Lindenwood was Kayann Thompson, the 2004 World Junior bronze medalist at 800 meters. Under his direction, the Lindenwood men’s cross country team placed third at the NAIA National Championships, while the women’s cross country

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team placed 15th. He coached the NAIA men’s National Champion and runner-up in cross country. Franz was selected as the Heart of America Conference and NAIA Region V Coach of the Year for men’s cross country. He started his coaching career in 2004 as an assistant coach at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. During his one year, William Woods had four qualifiers for NAIA Nationals and the women won the American Midwest Conference title. Franz received his master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Lindenwood. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Western Oregon University.

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Christopher Sabato

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Bobbi St. Clair `05

Assistant Coach (6th year)

Assistant Coach (4th year)

Christopher Sabato is in his sixth year at Willamette University as an assistant coach with the cross country and track and field teams. He works with the cross country teams in the fall and coaches the pole vaulters during the spring. Sabato started his coaching career at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. At Rhodes, he was an assistant for a program that had 37 All-Conference athletes and four NCAA Division III national qualifiers during his two seasons. Sabato attended Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. During his collegiate track and field career, Sabato competed in the sprints, the long jump, and the pole vault. He was a three-time All-State pole vaulter in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference. Along with his coaching duties, Sabato is the web master for the Willamette Athletics web site and is a web programer for the University’s web team. He also has designed some of the covers and inside pages used in media guides produced by the Athletics Department.

Bobbi St. Clair is an assistant coach with the Willamette cross country teams. She also assists with coaching the Bearcat track and field squads. St. Clair competed as a distance runner for the Bearcats when she attended WU as a student. She scored in three consecutive NWC track and field championship meets in the steeplechase. In cross country, she participated at the NCAA Championships in 2004. She graduated from WU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Willamette in 2006. St. Clair currently teaches physical education at McKay High School in Salem. Her experiences as a Willamette runner transfer well to her coaching position. She can relate to the combination of academic course work, competitive meets and varied practice schedules faced by the Bearcats. St. Clair’s focus during the track and field season is on distance running. Her efforts have helped Willamette develop a talented group of Bearcat distance runners.

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Willamette Home Meets

Willamette will host three meets in 2010, with all of the meets held in scenic Bush’s Pasture Park. The first meet is the Willamette Grass Course on Sept. 17. WU also will host the 36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational on Oct. 2 and the NCAA Division III West Regional on Nov. 13. NCAA Division III West Regional Each year, the NCAA West Regional is held in Oregon or California. The event brings together the best NCAA Division III teams from the West Coast and Colorado. This fall, the Bearcats will host the West Regional at Bush’s Pasture Park. The meet will determine which teams and individuals qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, set for Waverly, Iowa, on Nov. 20. 36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational The 36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational will be one of the largest college cross country meets in the West. The meet is expected to have have over 1,100 entries. The prestigious event is named after legendary Willamette coach Charles Bowles, who passed away in 2005. This year’s races will include teams from Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, California, Nebraska and British Columbia. The men’s course record set by Dave Davis in 2002 is 23:13.62 for 8 kilometers. The women’s record was set in 2003 by Margaret Butler, who ran 5 kilometers in 16:43.70. Willamette Grass Course Meet The WU Grass Course Meet is a fun event each season. The 2010 meet will feature teams from the Pacific Northwest and from

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California. The course works its way through the upper section of Bush’s Pasture Park and is a 2-kilometer loop that winds through the trees. It is a challenging test for the athletes. The men’s race covers 7.1 kilometers and the women’s race is 5 kilometers.

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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

2009 Northwest Conference Champions PAGE 8


Kevin Aubol Hometown Ellensburg, Wash. High School Ellensburg HS

Parker Bennett Major Undecided Personal Best 25:22.96 (8k), 21:24.53 (4m)

SOPHOMORE

Leo Castillo Hometown Parkdale, Ore. High School Hood River Valley HS

Major Undecided

FRESHMAN

Junior Chavarin Major International Studies Personal Best 24:45.35 (8k), 20:26.91 (4m)

JUNIOR

Ben Donovan Hometown Minneapolis, Minn. High School South HS

Hometown Sisters, Ore. High School Sisters HS

Hometown Merrill, Ore. High School Lost River HS

Major Undecided Personal Best 29:39.23 (8k), 24:37.51 (4m)

SOPHOMORE

Josh Echols Major Physics Personal Best 25:43.27 (8k), 20:39.13 (4m)

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JUNIOR

Hometown Olympia, Wash. High School Capital HS

Major Undecided

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Brian Gnerre Hometown Torrance, Calif. High School Torrance HS

Kit Kingstad Major Philosophy Personal Best 26:27.07 (8k), 21:28.67 (4m)

SOPHOMORE

Jonathan Lanning Hometown Springfield, Ore. High School Thurston HS

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Sean Sharma

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Major Mathematics Personal Best 27:19.85 (8k), 22:14.22 (4m)

JUNIOR

Hometown Beaverton, Ore. High School Beaverton HS

Major Undecided

FRESHMAN

Greg Lemay Hometown Sherwood, Ore. High School Sherwood HS

Major Undecided Personal Best 30:18.00 (8k), 24:52.90 (4m)

SOPHOMORE


Brin Manoogian-O’dell Hometown Athens, Ohio High School Athens HS

Major History Personal Best 28:48.00 (8k), 23:47.19 (4m)

JUNIOR

Colin O’Leary Hometown Olympia, Wash. High School Olympia HS

Ryan McLaughlin Hometown Milwaukie, Ore. High School Milwaukie HS

Major History Personal Best 25:17.87 (8k), 20:38.58 (4m)

SENIOR

Matt Parker Major Exercise Science Personal Best 26:25.00 (8k), 21:30.02 (4m)

JUNIOR

Hometown Portland, Ore. High School Lincoln HS

Major Archaeology Personal Best 24:45.84 (8k), 20:24.93 (4m)

SENIOR

Nicholas Rebol Hometown Cottonwood, Calif. High School Red Bluff Union HS

Major Physics Personal Best 25:23.30 (8k), 20:37.77 (4m)

SENIOR

Nicholas Rebol

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Sean Sharma

Stefan Redfield Hometown Sisters, Ore. High School Sisters HS

Major Rhetoric and Media Studies Personal Best 24:51.70 (8k), 20:44.06 (4m)

SENIOR

Nate Smith Hometown Colorado Springs, Colo. High School Air Academy HS

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Hometown La Canada, Calif. High School La Canada HS

Major Undecided Personal Best 26:20.31 (8k), 21:43.05 (4m)

SOPHOMORE

Kai Yoshioka Major Economics Personal Best 25:46.66 (8k), 21:26.17 (4m)

SENIOR

Hometown Honolulu, Hawaii High School Roosevelt HS

Nate Smith

Major Japanese Studies

FRESHMAN


Men’s Cross Country Team History Men's 4 Miles 1 Dan Hall 2 Dave Fleming 3 Aaron Young 4 Jacob Stout 5 Rick LaGreide 6 Rick Groenendaal 7 Terry Zerzan 8 Robbie Wright 9 Ian Batch 10 Nick Symmonds

19:29.0 19:32.0 19:34.4 19:36.1 19:41.0 19:42.0 19:43.0 19:45.0 19:47.7 19:49.0

1975 1979 2002 2003 1979 1983 1976 1983 2006 2002

Men's 5 miles (8000 m) 1 Dan Hall 2 Aaron Hollingshead 3 Aaron Young 4 Jacob Stout 5 David Fleming 6 Kevin O'Connor 7 Rick Groenendaal 8 Ian Batch 9 Rick LaGreide 10 Robbie Wright

24:02.7 24:24.3 24:24.4 24:24.9 24:26.1 24:28.7 24:29.0 24:30.70 24:35.1 24:37.6

1975 2004 2002 2001 1979 1983 1981 2006 1979 1983

Northwest Conference Titles

NCAA Titles and Awards

NWC Team Champions (19) 1963, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

NCAA West Region Champions (6) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

NWC Individual Champions (21) Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (2007) Ian Batch (2006) Nick Symmonds (2005) Aaron Hollingshead (2004) Jacob Stout (2003) Aaron Young (2002, 2000) Andy Libert (1986) Rob MacGinnittie (1985) Rick Groenendaal (1982, 1981) David Johnson (1980) Dave Flemming (1978, 1979) Tery Zerzan (1977, 1974) Dan Hall (1975, 1973) Don Johnson (1970) Gary Purpura (1969) Wes Armstrong (1964)

NCAA All Americans (6) Aaron Hollingshead (2004) Jacob Stout (2001, 2002, 2003) Aaron Young (2001, 2002)

Stefan Redfield was Willamette’s top finisher at the 2009 NCAA Championships. He took 58th out of 276 runners in the 8-kilometer race.

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Theresa Edwards Hometown Lake Tapps, Wash. High School Bonney Lake HS

Stevie Gildehaus

Major Biology Personal Best 19:37.53 (5k), 23:25.20 (6k)

SOPHOMORE

Kaitlin Greene Hometown Pullman, Wash. High School Pullman HS

Major Undecided Personal Best 19:58.36 (5k), 25:17.90 (6k)

SOPHOMORE

Megan Horning

Major Sociology Personal Best 19:26.12 (5k), 23:45.90 (6k)

JUNIOR

Erin Madden Hometown Albuquerque, N.M. High School Eldorado

Hometown Spokane Valley, Wash. High School University HS

Hometown Page, Ariz. High School Page HS

Major Sociology Personal Best 19:13.56 (5k), 23:44.72 (6k)

SENIOR

Kimber Mattox Major Psychology Personal Best 20:59.62 (5k), 24:28.00 (6k)

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Hometown Bend, Ore. High School Bend HS

Major Exercise Science Personal Best 18:45.19 (5k), 22:33.50 (6k)

SOPHOMORE

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Sarah McSweeney Hometown Petaluma, Calif. High School Casa Grande HS

Major Exercise Science Personal Best 19:58.69 (5k), 23:29.00 (6k)

JUNIOR

Cathy Monahan Hometown La Grande, Ore. High School La Grande HS

Major French Personal Best 20:27.37 (5k), 24:48.00 (6k)

JUNIOR

Erynn Rebol

Karlie Pyl Hometown Bonney Lake, Wash. High School Bonney Lake HS

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Major Undecided

Hometown Cottonwood, Calif. High School Red Bluff Union HS

Major Studio Art and Biology Personal Best 20:06.33 (5k)

SOPHOMORE

FRESHMAN

Kendra Schaffer Hometown Veneta, Ore. High School Elmira HS

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Megan Horning

Major Undecided Personal Best 21:39.08 (5k), 28:59.00 (6k)

SOPHOMORE


Amanda Tamanaha Hometown Honolulu, Hawaii High School St. Andrews Priory

Major Exercise Science Personal Best 19:27.81 (5k), 23:49.70 (6k)

SOPHOMORE

Phoebe Tollefson Hometown Billings, Mont. High School Billings HS

SOPHOMORE

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Hometown Richland, Wash. High School Richland HS

Major Biology Personal Best 19:56.02 (5k), 24:43.25 (6k)

SOPHOMORE

Sally Venable

Major Politics Personal Best 19:50.68 (5k), 23:29.00 (6k)

Theresa Edwards

Alisha Till

Sarah McSweeney, Amanda Tamanaha and Stevie Gildehaus

Hometown Ventura, Calif. High School Foothill Technology HS

Major Biology Personal Best 20:04.03 (5k), 24:41.00 (6k)

JUNIOR

Alisha Till and Kaitlin Greene

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Women’s Cross Country Team History Women's 5000m 1 Sarah Zerzan 2 Maddie Coffman 3 Kara Crisifulli 4 Beth Fitzgerald 5 Danya Rumore 6 Jena Winger 7 Kari Holbert 8 Nattalie Wright 9 Liz Rodda 10 Kristen Peterson

16:49.4 17:18.68 17:27.0 17:28.8 17:36.9 17:55.5 17:57.4 18:13.8 18:20.7 18:22.0

2006 2008 1985 1999 2004 2007 2004 2000 2001 1986

Women's 6000m 1 Sarah Zerzan 2 Maddie Coffman 3 Danya Rumore 4 Jena Winger 5 Kari Holbert 6 Elizabeth Hart 7 Natalie Muren 8 Carly Killam 9 Ashley Sharratt 10 Edith Polanco

20:32.7 21:05.8 21:28.3 21:37.0 21:41.9 22:14.9 22:25.0 22:27.5 22:28.3 22:30.6

2006 2007 2004 2008 2003 2006 2003 2007 2007 2007

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Northwest Conference Titles NWC Team Champions (8) 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

NWC Individual Champions (7) Maddie Coffman (2008) Sarah Zerzan (2006, 2007) Kari Holbert (2002) Beth Fitzgerald (1999) Kara Crisifulli (1984, 1985)

NCAA Titles and Awards

NCAA West Region Champions (5) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

NCAA West Region Individual Champions (4) Sarah Zerzan (2005, 2006, 2007) Maddie Coffman (2008) NCAA All Americans (8) Sarah Zerzan (2005, 2006, 2007) Maddie Coffman (2007, 2008) Kari Holbert (2003, 2004) Beth Fitzgerald (1999)

Sarah Zerzan NWC Champion 2006, 2007 NCAA Regional Champion 2005, 2006, 2007 NCAA National Champion 2006, 2007 All-American 2005, 2006, 2007

Maddie Coffman All-American 2007, 2008 NCAA Nationals 4th in 2008 11th in 2007


2009 Season Review The Willamette University men’s cross country team won the Northwest Conference championship in 2009. It was the Bearcats’ eighth NWC men’s title in the past nine years. Leading the Bearcats was Leo Castillo in second place at 25:21.38 for the 8-kilometer race. Matt Parker placed third with a time of 25:24.27 and Stefan Redfield was fourth at 25:35.76. All three earned First Team All-NWC honors, while Nicholas Rebol took eighth and was Second Team All-NWC. Head Coach Matt McGuirk was chosen NWC Coach of the Year for the seventh time. The Bearcats took second place at the NCAA West Regional to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships, where WU placed 20th as a team. At the West Regional, Parker was fifth in 25:51.52 and Redfield took eighth with a time of 26:00.05. A total of five WU runners earned All-West Region honors. Willamette’s top finisher at the National Championships was Redfield, who placed 58th overall. Parker finished 72nd. Senior Chris Platano received the NCAA Elite 88 Award for the highest cumulative grade point average among all 276 men’s cross country competitors at the NCAA Championships. Bearcat runners took second through sixth place at the WU Grass Course Meet early in the season, as Willamette claimed first place in the team standChris Platano ings with a score of 20. Later in the

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season, WU won the team title at the Mike Hodges Invitational at Clackamas Community College by one point over a team from the University of Oregon. Tina Patel capped a strong senior season by competing as an individual at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Patel placed 92nd overall with a time of 23:32.7 in the field of 280 runners. Kimber Mattox achieved a sixth place finish at the Northwest Conference Championships with a personal-best time of 22:33.50. She earned First Team All-NWC honors. Mattox, who also competed in women’s soccer during the fall, helped WU place fifth as a team at the NWC Championships and seventh at the West Regional. Patel took ninth place at the West Regional in 22:54.23, while Mattox achieved 15th at 23:13.81. Patel and Mattox were named All-West Region. Both of Willamette’s cross country teams received the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award. The women achieved a team cumulative grade point average of 3.558 and the men concluded the season with a 3.463 cumulative GPA. Individually, All-Academic Tina Patel accolades went to three men and two women. Selections from the men’s team were Platano, Rebol and Redfield. Players from the women’s team were Patel and Mattox. Platano also was chosen Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.

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Willamette University is a top-ranked private liberal arts university located directly across the street from Oregon’s Capitol. It is home to 1,801 undergraduates and 805 graduate students in law, management and education. The campus is centered around the Mill Stream and is home to numerous trees and open green spaces. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is reflected in Willamette’s 61- acre campus. Guided and inspired since 1842 by its motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” Willamette fosters community and values service. At Willamette, students can be locally involved in social and environmental issues or study abroad. Willamette is ranked third in the nation among colleges its size with more than 270 alumni having joined the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961. The National Wildlife Federation recognized WU as the nation’s higher education leader in sustainability efforts. PAGE 20

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The clock tower and Jackson Plaza are located outside the Hatfield Library.

This accomplishment is a direct result of student-led initiatives, is further evidence that Willamette lives by its motto, producing responsible citizens of the world who are prepared to live with intention and integrity.

At Willamette, the student-faculty ratio of 10:1 allows faculty members to maintain ample office hours and serve as advisors. The professors are engaged in scholarly research, but they are primarily focused on teaching. The size of Willamette’s endowment is consistently among the largest in the Northwest and compares favorably on a national basis. The campus features 42 buildings, plus the Campus Quad and athletic fields. Ford Hall, the newest academic building, was completed in 2009 and houses Rhetoric and Media Studies, Computer Science, Math, Digital Art, Film Studies and Music Technology. Funds for the 46,000-square-foot building included an $8 million gift from Hallie Ford. Willamette benefits from its location across the street from the Oregon State Capitol. In particular, Willamette students are often chosen for internships with government organizations.


ATTRACTIONS & RECREATION ● Oregon Coast ● Hiking ● Skiing & Snowboarding ● Bush’s Pasture Park ● Capitol Building ● Camping ● Wineries/Vineyards ● Oregon Museum of Science & Industry ● Whitewater Rafting ● Mountain Biking ● Reed Opera House ● Mt. Hood ● Cascade Mts. ● Oregon Zoo ● Silver Creek Falls ● Woodburn Company Stores

Willamette University educates 2,500 enterprising, high-achieving students in a premier undergraduate college of arts and sciences, and graduate schools of law, management and education. Willamette is recognized nationally for leadership in sustainability and civic engagement, and the professors are celebrated teachers and noted scholars who are committed to helping students cultivate their creativity, critical thinking and global perspective for a lifetime of success.

SALEM FACTS ● Capital of Oregon ● Total population: 154,510 ● Located in the heart of Oregon ● 45 minutes to Portland ● 1 hour to Eugene ● 1.5 hours to the Oregon Coast ● 2 hours to Mount Hood

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ATHLETIC FACTS ● Member of NCAA Division III and Northwest Conference ● 20 varsity teams ● Student-Athletes are more than 1/4 of the student body ● 175 Conference Team Championships ● 24 Individual National Championships ● 1 Team National Championship ● Seven Olympians, including Nick Symmonds ‘06 (Track & Field 800m)

ACADEMIC FACTS ● 49 academic programs ● Total enrollment: 2,606 ● Students from 47 states and 27 countries ● Study abroad in 40 countries on 6 continents ● 10:1 Student-Faculty ratio ● Average class size: 14

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Athletic Facilities

Competitors and fans at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational gather near the finish line at the Charles Bowles Track. Charles Bowles Track is an all-weather facility located inside McCulloch Stadium. It will provide the finish line during the 36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational this fall. In addition, the Bearcats will host the WU Grass Course Meet and the 2010 NCAA Division III West Regional, with both meets starting and ending in Bush’s Pasture Park. The Charles Bowles Track also is home to Willamette’s highly-regarded track and field teams. McCulloch Stadium seats 2,400 fans and has lights for evening events. It also features a scoreboard with a video display screen. There is an athletic training room, along with spacious locker rooms and meeting rooms. The Willamette football team plays its home games at McCulloch Stadium.

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Located near the stadium is Roy S. “Spec” Keene Stadium at John Lewis Field, the home of Bearcat baseball. The stadium features chairback seating in part of the grandstand and an overall capacity of 1,000. The Bearcats upgraded the facility in the summer of 2009 by installing a new natural grass infield and by improving the clubhouse and batting cages. The entire football, track, cross country and baseball complex is adjacent to Bush’s Pasture Park. The park hosts cross country meets on its wide paths and also is known for its art exhibits, rose garden, trees and expanses of open land. Inside the Lestle J. Sparks Center on the main campus are offices for the Department of Athletics, classrooms and basketball courts. The Sparks Center also includes the offices of the Department of Exercise Science, plus locker rooms, handball and racquetball courts, and a weight lifting and fitness center. Attached to the Sparks Center is Cone Field House, a 2,500-seat facility where the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams play. The arena includes a sound system, plus tables for official timers, scorekeepers, statisticians and broadcast media. Also connected to the Sparks Center is the WU natatorium, home of Bearcat swimming. The natatorium, with space for 200 fans, also can be seen from a viewing area in the lobby. Near the Sparks Center is Sparks Field, an artificial turf facility for men’s and women’s soccer. Sparks Field is equipped with lights for night games and holds 500 spectactors. Close to Sparks Center are WU Softball Field and the WU Tennis Courts. The softball field has dugouts, batting cages, bleachers and a scoreboard. The Bearcat tennis teams host matches at the WU Tennis Courts each spring. The WU men’s and women’s golf teams practice at Illahe Hills Country Club and Creekside Golf Club. Both courses are located in Salem. Members of the men’s and women’s rowing teams prepare for practice at their own boathouse and hold workouts on the Willamette River in downtown Salem.


Dr. M. Lee Pelton

President

Dr. M. Lee Pelton was appointed the 22nd president of Willamette University in July 1999. Under his leadership, WU has increased its academic profile with strategies to attract the best faculty and the brightest students from the state, the nation and the world. Since 2001, Willamette has been ranked as a top tier liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report. President Pelton holds a doctorate from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Wichita State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974. His academic focus in on 19th century British prose and poetry. He served as dean of the college at Colgate University (1988-91) and Dartmouth College (1991-98). At Harvard, he taught in the English Department and was the dean of one of Harvard’s 13 colleges. He has taught at WU in subjects ranging from 1st century Athens to post-apartheid South Africa.

Mark Majeski

Director of Athletics

Mark Majeski began his tenure with Willamette University in October of 2000, following five years as athletic director at the University of California, Santa Cruz and four years as the assistant athletic director at Menlo College. He is a past chairman of the NCAA Division III membership committee, which provides oversight of Division III provisional members. A former basketball, track and softball coach, Majeski worked venue management and operations for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At WU, Majeski oversees 20 varsity teams which compete in NCAA Division III, the Northwest Conference and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. He also is the NWC swimming liaison between coaches and athletic directors. Majeski received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Menlo College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from San Jose State University. He lives in Salem with his wife, Denise, and their son, Jack Henry, age 6.

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Administrative Staff

Baseball Aaron Swick.................. (503) 370-6011 Men’s Basketball Kip Ioane....................... (503) 370-6063 Women’s Basketball Anne Lapray.................. (503) 370-6132 Cross Country/Track & Field Matt McGuirk............... (503) 370-6898 Football Mark Speckman............ (503) 375-5350 Golf Noah Horstman............ (971) 285-6600 Rowing Susan Parkman............. (503) 370-6655 Men’s Soccer Nelson Larson............... (503) 375-5428 Women’s Soccer Hillary Arthur................ (503) 370-6657 Softball Damian Williams.......... (503) 370-6656 Swimming Leslie Shevlin................ (503) 370-6601 Men’s Tennis Toby Krauel................... (503) 370-6841 Women’s Tennis Becky Roberts............... (503) 370-6804 Volleyball Tom Shoji...................... (503) 370-6230

Dean of Campus Life Dr. David Douglass Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Julianne Abendroth Associate Athletic Director Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer Assistant Athletic Director Judy Gordon Head Athletic Trainer Shane Wibel, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer Erin Scharer, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer Ken Smith, ATC Athletics Comm. Director Robert McKinney Asst. Athletics Comm. Director Sara Elcano Administrative Assistant Leslie Berning

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2010 SCHEDULE Sept. 10

Pier Park University of Portland

Pier Park Portland, OR

4 p.m.

Sept. 17

Willamette Grass Course

Bush Park Salem, OR

2 p.m.

Sept. 25

Linfield Preview Linfield College

Willamette Mission Wheatland, OR

10 a.m.

Oct. 2

36th Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational

Bush Park Salem, OR

9:30 a.m.

Oct. 15

Mike Hodges Invitational Oregon City, OR Clackamas Community College

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 16

Bill Dellinger Invitational University of Oregon

Pre’s Trail Eugene, OR

11:45 a.m.

Oct. 23

Beaver Classic Oregon State University

Avery Park Corvallis, OR

9:45 a.m.

Oct. 30

NWC Championships University of Puget Sound

Ft. Steilacoom Park 10 a.m. Tacoma, WA

Nov. 13

NCAA West Regional

Bush Park Salem, OR

11 a.m.

Nov. 20

NCAA Championships Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

11 a.m. CST

All meet times are Pacific Time unless otherwise indicated

department of athletics willamette.edu/athletics


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