Women seventh, men sixth at WAC Cross Country Championships

Ruston, La.----- The San Jose State University women finished seventh out of nine and the Spartan men were sixth out of six teams at the 2004 Western Athletic Cross Country Championships held at Lincoln Parish Park.

The women’s team posted a score of 162 on the 5,000-meter course. Ashleigh Nebeker, 18th with a time of 18:42.76, and Tiffany Hall, 22nd, clocked in 18:49.68, paced the Spartans.

Rice’s Kate Gorry was the individual winner with a 17:01.59 time, more than five seconds ahead of Karin van Rooyen of SMU.

SMU won its first conference title with a score of 30. Rice with 88 and UTEP with 97 were second and third, respectively.

The Spartan men had a team score of 153. Ryan Rogers was the first San Jose State competitor to cross the finish line in 11th place with a 26:06.09 time. No other Spartan was in the top-25.

Rice won the men’s team title with a score of 27. Marcel Hewamudalige paced the Owls winning individual honors in 24:57.13.

Tulsa was just ahead of UTEP, 79 to 80, for second place in the men’s division.

2004 Western Athletic Conference women’s cross country championships
Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston, La.
5,000 meters

Team scores – 1, SMU, 30; 2, Rice, 88; 3, UTEP, 97; 4, Nevada, 121; 5, Hawaii, 122; 6, Boise State, 141; 7, San Jose State, 162; 8, Fresno State, 172; 9, Tulsa, 173.

Top finishers – 1, Kate Gorry, Rice, 17:01.59; 2, Karin van Rooyen, SMU, 17:06.80; 3, Adriana Pirtea, UTEP, 17:23.83.

San Jose State finishers – 18, Ashleigh Nebeker, 18:42.76; 22, Tiffany Hall, 18:49.68; 26, Erica Sahli, 18:55.67; 41, Judy DeLong, 19:40.42; Marlene Elizade, 20:28.13; 63, Allison Stiller, 20:40.57; 68, Valerie Weilert, 21:37.14.

2004 Western Athletic Conference men’s cross country championships
Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston, La.
8,000 meters

Team scores – 1, Rice, 27; 2, Tulsa, 30; 3, UTEP, 80; 4, Boise State, 96; 5, Louisiana Tech, 102; 6, San Jose State, 153.

Top finishers – 1, Marcel Hewamudalige, Rice, 24:57.13; 2, Mircea Bogdan, UTEP, 24:57.99; 3, Forest Braden, Boise State, 24:58.60.

San Jose State finishers – 11, Ryan Rogers, 26:06.09; 34, Mobin Ghoury, 28:41.31; 38, Justin Chadoin, 30:07.65; 41, Chris Vargas, 31:45.77; 42, Adrian Alcaraz, 32:23.22.

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