Pac-12 Men's Cross Country

The lock that the men from Oregon and Stanford (first or second every year) have had in the Pac-10 team race the last five years will likely be broken by Colorado when they contest the first Pac-12 title. This year Colorado and Stanford return six of their top seven runners from last year's NCAA meet with more that have NCAA experience that did not run at the meet.

Last year Stanford and Oregon finished well ahead of the competition and it is likely Stanford and Colorado will finish well ahead this year. Oregon only returns two of last year's five finishing runners from the NCAA meet and two others that ran at the Pac-10 meet. My early national rankings have four Pac-12 teams in the top 14 nationally. Stanford third, Colorado fifth, Oregon eleventh and Arizona 14th.

Team (NCAA competitors) 2010 ('10) NCAA returners, team finish, 2009 ('09) NCAA returners, team finish, '10 Pac-10 finish, Athletes listed in expected NCAA finish (# is ranking on team for the meet) with previous finishes and West Region (W Reg) finish if they did not run at the NCAA meet.

1. Stanford (7), 6 from '10 NCAA team that finished fourth place and 3 from '09 NCAA team that finished tenth, won 2010 Pac-10:

Chris Derrick Sr (3x top seven at NCAA - #1), Jake Riley Sr (6th in 2010 #2), Joe Rosa Fr, Ben Johnson rJr (redshirt 2010 and #7 '09), JT Sullivan Sr (100th in '10 - #4), Erik Olson So (132nd '10 - #5), Miles Unterreiner rJr (#7 in '10 and 117th in '09 - #4), Brendan Gregg rSr (2x NCAA competitor and #6 in '09), Jim Rosa Fr, Riley Sullivan rJr (196th in 2010 - #6), Drew Berberick rSo (21st at WR - #4)

Top Stanford Freshmen (ranked #2 nationally by Kevin Selby of Flotrack and by myself): Joe Rosa (14:13.68 5,000 (5k) - '11 #3 US High School (HS) time) 14:56 5k XC '09, Jim Rosa 15:15 5k XC (8:51.46 two-mile indoors), Matt Carpowich (17th '10 Footlocker) 15:01.20 5k XC, Tim Luthen

2. Colorado (7), 6 from '10 NCAA team that finished 15th and 5 from 2009 NCAA team that finished 6th, second at 2010 Big 12 conference:

Joe Bosshard Jr (26th in '10 - #1), Andrew Wacker Sr (37th in '10 - #2), Ammar Moussa Fr (14:11 5k XC and 14:05.79 5k), Christian Thompson Sr (90th in '10 - #3 and 44th in '09 - #1), Aric VanHalen Jr (177th in '10 - #5), Richard Medina Sr (57th in '09, injured last year), Cameron Clayton Sr (#6 in 2010) and Matt Beigner Jr (#7 in 2010)

3. Oregon (3), 3 from 2010 NCAA team that finished sixth place and one from 2009 team that finished second, second at 2010 Pac-10 conference:

Luke Puskedra Sr (3rd in 2010 and 21st in 2009 - #1 and 5th in 2008 - #2), Lukas Verzbicas Fr (2x FL champ, 2010 NXN champ and two mile indoor - 8:40.7 and outdoor - 8:29.46 US HS records), Ryan Pickering Fr (ninth ‘10 FL), Parker Stinson So (121st '10 - #4 and 3x US Jr 10k champ), Chad Noelle Fr (tenth FL), Ben Dejarnette So ('10 NC comp - DNF and 28th '10 W Reg - #5), Brian Shrader So (fifth '09 FL), Chris Kwiatkowski rSr (24th '10 Pac-10 - #5), Bryce Burgess rJr (91st '10 W Reg - #7)

Top Freshmen and Returners (Ranked #1 nationally by Kevin Selby of Flotrack and myself): Verzbicas, Pickering, Noelle, Mac Fleet rSo (49th '09 W Reg), Matt Jablonski Fr (15:18 5k XC), Jeremy Ephraim Fr (14:54.62 5k), Chris Brewer Fr

4. Arizona (1), 1 returner from 2010 NCAA meet, none from 2009, eighth at 2010 Pac-10:

Stephen Sambu Sr (second in 2010), Lawi Lalang rFr (2nd '11 NCAA 5k), Kenji Bierig Fr (15:09 5k XC), Abdi Hassan Sr (3rd '11 NCAA 1,500), Patrick Zacharias So (88th '10 W Reg - #2), James Eichenberger rJr (105th '10 W Reg - #4), and Noe Ramirez Jr (107th '09 W Reg - #2)

5. Washington (3) 0 from 2010 and three from 2009, seventh at 2010 Pac-10:

Rob Webster Jr. Jr (34th 2010 W Reg - #1), Cameron Quackenbush Sr (159th '09 - #4 and 48th '10 W Reg - #5), Max O'Donoghue McDonald rSr (183rd '09 - #5), Joey Bywater Jr (40th '10 W Reg - #2), Mike Miller Jr. So (49th '10 W Reg - #4), James Cameron Jr (42nd '10 W Reg - #3), Garreth Gilna So (61st '10 W Reg - #6), Taylor Carlson So (77th '10 W Reg - #7)

6. Arizona State (2) 0 from 2010 and two from 2009, fifth at 2010 Pac-10:

Darius Terry Jr (26th '10 W Reg - #2), Nick Happe Jr (#7 in 2009 and 53rd '10 W Reg - #5), Doug Lovell Sr (44th '10 W Reg - #3), Steven Schneiders rSo (76th '10 W Reg - #7, 40th '10 Pac-10 - #4) Doug Smith Jr (50th '10 W Reg - #4), Matt Boughton Jr (63rd '10 W Reg - #6), Cameron Liston rSr (67th '10 Pac-10 - #9)

7. UCLA (0) 0 From 2010 and 2009 (1 from 2008), fourth at 2010 Pac-10:

Kent Morikawa rSr (#4 in 2008 and 23rd '10 W Reg), Nohe Lema So (78th '10 W Reg - #5 and 17th at '10 Pac-10 - #2), Chase Zukerman rFr, Zack Torres Jr (58th '10 W Reg - #3), Spencer Knight rSr (65th '10 W Reg - #4), Pablo Rosales So (81st '10 W Reg - #6), Shayne Collins Fr (14:39.83 5k), Brett Walters rSo (47th Pac-10 - #7), David McDonald rSr (92nd '09 W Reg - #7)

Top Freshmen: Lane Werley Fr not listed on roster yet (6th NXN, 14:46 5k XC, 8:53.21 3200) and Collins

8. Cal (3) 3 From 2010 and 0 from 2009, third at 2010 Pac-10:

Maxime Chevee Sr (#5 2010, 18th '10 W Reg - #4), Collin Jarvis Jr (159th in 2010 - #3), Chris Walden Fr (14:57.79 5k XC, 10th at '10 FL and 11th in '09), Cody Schmidt Jr (#4 2010, 72nd '10 W Reg - #6), Matt Peterson Jr (#7 '10 W Reg), Simon Schmidt Jr (#6 2010), Renaud Poizat rJr (80th '09 W Reg - #6), Chris Kigar Fr (38th '10 FL)

Top Freshmen (Ranked #3 nationally by Kevin Selby of Flotrack, #5 by myself): Walden, Kigar, Jantzen Oshier Fr not listed on roster yet is #2 XC recruit at Cal (22nd '10 FL, 15:02 5k XC)

9. Washington State (0) 0 from 2010 or 2009, sixth at Pac-10:

Justin Englund Sr (25th '10 W Reg - #1), Andrew Gonzales So (102nd '10 W Reg - #3), Andrew Kimpel Jr (64th '10 W Reg - #2), Jono Lafler Sr (104th '10 W Reg - #4), Todd Wakefield rFr (4:03.57 mile indoors '11), Drew Jordan So (2x Oregon 6A XC champ), Matt Cronrath Jr (140th '10 W Reg - #6)

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