November 9, 2001

Cross Country Looking for Lightning to Strike Twice on Saturday

Nov. 9, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the NCAA West Regional hosted by the University of Arizona on Saturday morning at the Randolph Park North Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz.

The Mission Harriers have had time to celebrate from their recent accomplishments and at the same time recover from some nagging injuries following the West Coast Conference Championships that were held on October 27. WCC Coaches of the Year Tom Service and John Maloney will lead their respective women's and men's squads into action in their biggest race of the season.

The WCC Champion women's team is led by junior Jenny Smokey, who despite many nagging injuries this year has been the team's most consistent runner. Despite a good deal of pain at the WCC Championships, Smokey held on for a fifth place finish at the conference championships and was really the difference for the team. A well-rested Smokey could mean good things for the women's team in Tucson.

WCC Freshman of the Year Robin Bell will look to follow up her third place finish at the conference championships with another solid performance. Milena Basile, Andrea Gastelum and Katie Hansen should also figure into the scoring for the Broncos. Each of the five runners for the women's team that should figure into the scoring earned either first team All-WCC or honorable mention honors.

On the men's side, junior Thomas Chapman should lead the Broncos on the course as he did in each of the races he competed in this year. Chapman had a solid month of September in which he earned WCC Athlete of the Month to go along with the first team All-WCC honors he earned at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif.

Benjamin Gauen also earned first team All-WCC honors with his eighth place finish in league and has been one of the most consistent runners for the Broncos all season. Devlin Croal stepped in up big in the month of October to earn WCC Athlete of the Month honors and should be among the top-five Santa Clara finishers in Tucson. Kevin Edwards and Stephen Moore have also had solid seasons and should factor into the results on Saturday.

The 10-kilometer men's race will begin at 8:30 a.m. (PST) with the six-kilometer women's race to follow at 9:30 a.m.