Wishard & Lodge Earn All-WCC Honors At Conference Meet
Oct. 30, 2010
BELMONT, Calif. – Senior Chelsea Wishard (Lawai, Hawai’i/Kauai HS) and junior Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS) placed second and fifth, respectively, at the WCC Cross Country Championships held Saturday morning on the Crystal Springs course in Belmont, Calif.
This tandem, among the best one-two punch in Pepperdine women’s cross country history, has now combined to run eight races this season with neither of them placing lower than fifth place.
Wishard’s runner-up showing is the best of her career at WCCs following consecutive bronze-medal performances as a sophomore (2008) and junior (2009). She is also the only Wave in program history to earn All-WCC honors (top eight) in three consecutive years and one of two (Rebecca Freebury) to lead Pepperdine to the finish line on more than two occasions.
Freebury, however, remains Pepperdine’s last WCC Champion (1999) as Wishard and the rest of the 55-woman field couldn’t catch Loyola Marymount‘s All-American Tara Erdmann who won the conference crown in 20:21.
Wishard’s time of 20:47 was a personal best and marked her fourth-consecutive year of improvement at Crystal Springs. She placed 33rd as a freshman in 23:52, then cut her time down to 22:07 in 2008 and to 21:14 in 2009.
“Tara got out to a good lead, leaving our girls to battle back in the pack with another runner from LMU and one from San Francisco,” head coach Robert Radnoti said. “I felt that Chelsea’s and Lauren’s times were amazing considering the difficulty of the course. But they finished right where I thought they would and both ran outstanding races.”
After placing 17th as a freshman and 25th as a junior, Lodge made her first All-WCC team with a fifth-place time of 20:59. 2010 has been Lodge’s best overall season by far as she’s collected four top-five showings in as many races, including victories at UC Irvine and Santa Clara.
Despite placing two competitors on the All-WCC team, Pepperdine finished sixth out of eight teams with 128 points. Junior Paige Mobley (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) was the Waves’ next finisher with a 36th-place time of 23:03.
“This was an incredible race for Paige,” Radnoti said. “Even though she’s been battling an injury she still went out there and gave us one of best races of her Pepperdine career; but we need to be a little stronger in the back in order to move up in the standings.”
Pepperdine’s men’s team placed eighth with 226 points with senior Seth Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon) leading the Waves to the finish line for the fifth time in six races. Allison completed the 8K course in 27:28.
San Francisco won the women’s team title with 38 points and Portland won yet another men’s championship with 36 points. Pilot junior Craig Hopkins was the overall winner, completing the race in 25:01.
The Pepperdine cross country teams return to action in two weeks at the NCAA West Regional hosted by the University of Oregon.