SAN DIEGO – The men’s and women’s cross country teams are gearing up for their final race of the season at the NCAA West Regionals this Friday. Washington will play host to 40 teams at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Washington.
“We are looking forward to going to the Championships this year. It is the toughest region in the country," said head coach, Will Guarino.
The women’s team is coming off a strong performance at the WCC Championships where they placed sixth, only six points behind WCC rival, Gonzaga. They’re hoping to use this momentum to push them to success as they take on six nationally ranked teams at this weekend’s regionals. The 6k race will be highlighted by No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 San Francisco, and No. 7 Stanford.
Guarino is excited for the practice the women are going to gain from the race at regionals. “The women's team is going to the regional championship to gain valuable racing experience. The goals are to continue to push and go head to head with the 30-plus teams that will be there.”
The men’s team will be competing in an 8k loop course running against 7 nationally ranked cross country teams. No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Portland, and No. 10 UCLA will be the teams to beat in Seattle. The Toreros will be led predominately by seniors – specifically, Liam Burke.
Says Guarino, “Burke had a strong race at the regionals last year, and we are looking forward to him having yet another outstanding finish to his collegiate season.”
For the women’s team, the Toreros are using the NCAA West Regionals as a chance to develop their championship racing abilities to carry on into next season, while the older men’s team is embracing their final collegiate cross country appearance.
Race details can be found below.
Race Day Schedule
7:30 a.m. – Course opens to competitors
9:10 a.m. – Clerking procedure begins for women’s race
10:00 a.m. – First gun fired (indicating 30 minutes to start)
10:05 a.m. – National Anthem.
10:10 a.m. – Second gun fired (20 minutes to start). Clerking procedure begins for men’s race.
10:20 a.m. – Third gun fired (10 minutes to start).
10:30 a.m. – Women’s 6K championship race.
11:00 a.m. – First gun fired (30 minutes to start).
11:10 a.m. – Second gun fired (20 minutes to start).
11:20 a.m. – Third gun fired (10 minutes to start).
11:30 a.m. – Men’s 10K championship race.
Immediately following second race – recognition of top runners and teams
From I-5 North and South to the Course
I-5 to Columbian Way exit 163A. Turn eft at the first light on Spokane St. Make the econd right on Beacon Avenue South. Drive ¼ mile to the club house. Find parking on the right.
The Jefferson Golf Course is located at 4101 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108
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