Malibu, Calif. - The Pacific Cross Country team competed in its first ever WCC Championships this morning at Alumni Park on the campus of Pepperdine University today. The race was run under ideal sunny Southern California conditions and featured runners from all ten WCC schools. No. 17 San Francisco prevaled to win the WCC Championship.
Sophomore Lindsay Wourms (Camas, Wash.) paced the Tigers with a time of 23:01, good for a 45th place finish overall. Sophomore Becky Grabow (Carson City, Nev.) followed with a time of 23:49, a 56th overall finish. Junior Sarah Bailey (Vernon, B.C.) finished in 66th with a time of 25:22.
Grace McManus (Apple Valley, Calif.) , Mia Knipper (Morada, Calif.), Dale Dong (Stockton, Calif.) and Myra Lakdawala (Karachi, Pakistan) also competed for the Tigers, seeing the Pepperdine course for the first time on the year and finishing out strong in a year that saw the Tigers overcome a rash of injuries.
"I belive if this was at any other course we would be talking personal record's around the board. They ran phenomenal today. We have had a rough year this year but the ladies did really come through today", Jones said. "If there was no clock, the way Lindsay ran I thought she would have broken the 22 minute barrier."
Coach Josh Jones praised his team for their effort and ability to overcome in-race adversity.
"Becky looked tough and solid through the entire race, Sarah had an unbelieveable race for her and ran like I have never seen her before", Jones continued. "Grace was awesome through the first half and I couldn't believe her agressiveness, but unfortunately she became sick the last half. Mia fought through her sore quad and Dale and Myra ran a very tough race for the competition they were in."
Pacific will return to the course for the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, Calif. on November 15th. The race will be contested at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Follow PacificTigers.com for updates.