PORTLAND, Ore. – After battling the weather conditions at the Big Sky Championship, the Portland State cross country teams will be competing in the 2009 NCAA West Regional hosted by Oregon at the Springfield Country Club, Nov. 14. The men’s race will start at 9:45 a.m., followed by the women at 10:45 a.m. It is only the second time the Viks have appeared at the regional since 2006. Admission to the race is free.

Last Time Out
The Vikings braved the weather of Greeley, Colo. Oct. 31 over a snow-laden Boomerang Golf Course. Two days prior to the meet, Greeley was hit with a winter-storm with expected snowfall of 10-18 inches. Portland State fought through the adverse conditions as the Viks took eighth place in both the men’s and women’s side of competition.

The men were led by junior Andrew Salg who finished the 8k course in a time of 27:40.31, to place him 36th. It was the second straight race Salg has been the Viks top placer. Classmate John Lawrence finished 28 seconds behind Salg in 42nd, followed by sophomore Mark Bozarth-Dreher in 47th (28:22.86). Senior Jesse Cronin rounded out the top-50 for Portland State with a 28:26.36.

On the women’s side, freshman Amber Rozcicha paced her second race for the Vikings this season, as she took 38th overall with a time of 21:42.05. The course was extended nearly an extra quarter of mile to 5.24k instead of the usual 5k. Newcomer Brittany Castillo was right behind Rozcicha in the pack and finished 43rd, 3.75 seconds after the Newberg, Ore., native. Junior Amelia Holcombe (22:01.60/47th), freshman Julie Pedersen (22:10.20/49th) and sophomore Katie Blue (22:13.15/50th) all finished within the top-50 for the Viks.

Not Your Average Race
The Springfield Country Club race-course will be a challenge for all who face it, as the women’s race will be a 6k sprint, usually 5k, and the men’s race will be extended from 8k to 10k. The course maps can be viewed at the bottom of the page.

Flashback – 2006 NCAA West Regional Edition
The last time a Viking competed at the regional was 2006 when the race was hosted at Blue Lake Park. The Viks lone-representitive was junior Kamila Bocian, who finished No. 48 in the field of 199 with a time of 22:43.50.

Next Up
The top two teams at Saturday’s meet will advance to the NCAA National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State Nov. 23.

Courtesy: Matt Scheerer

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