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Women's Cross Country Finishes Third, Men Fourth at West Regional Championships
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Release: 11/10/2001
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Nov. 10, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona State's 11th-ranked women's cross country team finished third, while the 14th-ranked men finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Western Regional Championships hosted by the University of Arizona at the Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday morning.

With the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, ASU's women missed their second-straight automatic bid by just three points, finishing third with 83 points to Arizona's 80. With the men's fourth-place finish, both ASU teams will wait until Monday, Nov. 12, to learn if they are chosen as at-large bids for nationals.

The Sun Devil teams recorded their second-highest regional finishes in school history, as the women placed second last year and the men finished third in 1999. Stanford won the women's regional title with 39 points. The Cardinal also won the men's title with 37 points, with Portland finishing second (91 points), Oregon third (112) and ASU fourth (116).

Sun Devil women were once again led by senior All-American Lisa Aguilera, completing the 6,000-meter course in 20:54.5 and finishing third behind Arizona's Tara Chaplin (20:40.1) and Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (20:52.0). Last year Aguilera won the regional title, leading ASU to a school-best second-place finish.

In addition to Aguilera, senior All-American Kelly MacDonald and senior Brianna Torres recorded top-10 finishes, placing sixth (21:08.0) and ninth (21:41.1), respectively. After missing the Pac-10 Championships with a migraine headache, junior Cody Sohn was back in the lineup, finishing 33rd in 22:33.9. Also turning in strong finishes were freshman Desiree Davila (34th, 22:39.4), sophomore Jen Hurbis (35th, 22:42.2) and senior Nikki Simmons (39th, 23:00.6).

Junior All-American Fasil Bizuneh was the ASU men's leader, following up his runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships with a fourth-place finish at regionals today. Bizuneh completed the men's 10,000-meter course in 30:59.1, just two seconds behind Oregon's Jason Hartmann (30:57.6). Stanford claimed the top two finishes, with Donald Sage finishing first (30:43.4) and Pac-10 champ Grant Robison (30:50.1) finishing second.

For the second-straight meet, junior Ronnie Buchanan was ASU's second-highest finisher, placing 14th in 31:36.1, while freshman J.J. Duke placed 21st in 31:46.3. Last year's team leader at regionals, sophomore Juan Reyes, finished 28th in 32:08.1. Rounding out the ASU starting seven were senior J.R. Cox (51st, 32:55.2), sophomore Dan Maher (83rd, 34:10.6) and senior Phillip Prince (88th, 34:18.2).

Monday, Nov. 12, 13 additional teams will be selected as at-large berths to fill out the 31-team NCAA field based on their regional finishes and performances against other potential qualifiers. The 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Furman University, in Greenville, S.C., Monday, Nov. 19.

2001 WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Randolph North Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz.
MEN'S 10,000m -Team Finishes

1. Stanford, 37 pts., 2. Portland, 91, 3. Oregon, 112, 4. Arizona State, 116, 5. UC Santa Barbara, 124, 6. Arizona, 135, 7. Washington, 140, 8. Washington State, 194, 9. UCLA, 222, 10. Cal Poly, 246, 11. California, 293, 12. Cal State Fullerton, 385, 13. Fresno State, 390, 14. Eastern Washington 413, 15. Long Beach State, 415, 16. Santa Clara, 483, 17. San Jose State, 508, Pepperdine, 547, 19. Cal State Sacramento, 569, 20. Saint Mary's, 651.

WOMEN'S 6,000m - Team Finishes
1. Stanford, 39 pts., 2. Arizona, 80, 3. Arizona State, 83, 4. Washington, 115, 5. UCLA, 159, 6. Washington State, 214, 7. UC Irvine, 224, 8. Cal Poly, 246, 9. Boise State, 265, 10. Hawaii, 295, 11. UC Santa Barbara, 297, 12. Oregon, 349, 13. Fresno State, 355, 14. Cal State Northridge, 381, 15. Cal State Fullerton, 465, 16. Eastern Washington, 470, 17. Long Beach State, 491, 18. San Jose State, 492, 19. Portland, 502, 20. Cal State Sacramento, 514, 21. Santa Clara, 550, 22. Pepperdine, 579, 23. Saint Mary's, 607.

MEN -ASU Individuals (10K)
4. Fasil Bizuneh, Junior 30:59.1
14. Ronnie Buchanan, Junior 31:36.1
21. J.J. Duke, Freshman 31:46.3
28. Juan Reyes, Sophomore 32:08.1
51. J.R. Cox, Senior 32:55.2
83. Dan Maher, Sophomore 34:10.6
88. Phillip Prince, Senior 34:18.2

WOMEN -ASU Individuals (6K)
3. Lisa Aguilera, Senior 20:54.5
6. Kelly MacDonald, Senior 21:08.0
9. Brianna Torres, Senior 21:41.1
33. Cody Sohn, Junior 22:33.9
34. Desiree Davila, Freshman 22:39.4
35. Jen Hurbis, Sophomore 22:42.2
38. Nikki Simmons, Senior 23:00.6

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