Oct. 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's and women's cross country teams are gearing up for the 2013 West Coast Conference Championships race on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Alumni Park in Malibu, Calif. The men's 8k is slated to begin at 9 am, followed by the women's 6k at 10 am.
The Toreros already had a tune-up on this course when they competed in the West Coast Invite on Sept. 14, giving them an early look at the lay of the land come Saturday. The weather forecast for Malibu on Saturday is calling for some chilly temperatures when the races begin in the morning with temperatures in the 50s to 60s with some clouds but no forecast for rain.
The Toreros come into the Championships in the midst of a strong fall that has seen record-breaking performances and personal bests abound. On the women's side, senior Gillian Gorelik set a new USD 6k record of 21:01 at the Bronco Invite on Oct. 19. Gorelik has posted the top time for the Toreros in three of the team's five races so far this fall. Overall, 12 different runners on the women's squad have set personal bests this year.
On the men's side, Adam Bodine established a new team freshman 8k record at the Bronco Invite when he ran a 25:18. He surpassed the previous freshman mark set by Malik Hayes last season. Eight runners on the men's squad have run personal bests this fall.
Both the men's and women's teams are going to look to the respective strength of their underclassmen at the WCC Championships. The Torero men have been paced by freshmen in four of their five races this fall, as Bodine led the way in the Bronco Invite and Stanford Invite, and Matt Beasley posted the best USD time at the Mark Covert Classic and the West Coast Invite. Fellow freshman Ryan Lesansee has also been in the mix, finishing among the top four on the team in the past three meets.
Sophomore Ashton Padberg and freshman Andrea Hughes have helped pace the women's squad this fall, finishing in the top three on the team in each race they have competed in. Padberg even clocked the fourth-best 6k time in team history with her 21:39 finish at the Bronco Invite this season. Likewise, sophomore Sydney Olagaray is sure to be among the Toreros' top finishers in Malibu this weekend after posting USD's top time at the Mark Covert Classic this season and ran a personal-best 23:01 at the Bronco Invite.
The Toreros finished in the middle of the pack at last year's WCC Championships at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women came in 7th, just 16 points behind Santa Clara, while the men finished 8th.
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