Wood Earns All-Region Honors for XC Men

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 12

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With junior Oliver Wood running to all-region honors, the Whitman College men's team exceeded expectations by placing eighth in a field of 18 teams at Saturday's NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country Championships in Claremont, Calif.

West Region
  Cross Country

Oliver Wood

Wood, capping his first season of collegiate running, finished 33rd on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 26:26.3.

"It was a great day for the guys," Whitman coach Scott Shields said.

"It's been awhile since we placed this high at regionals."

Wood garnered all-region honors by placing in the top 35.

Taylor Mesojednik

"Oliver really gutted it out today," Shields said. "He ran as hard as he could the whole way.

"He had to fight to keep it going, but he passed four or five runners in the last 200 yards to solidify his spot on the all-region team."

Michael Jorgensen

Whitman took eighth in the team scoring with 252 place points for its top five runners. The Missionaries finished fourth among nine Northwest Conference schools.

Junior Taylor Mesojednik and sophomore Michael Jorgensen ran second and third for Whitman, finishing 42nd and 52nd, respectively, with times of 26:41.2 and 26:57.1.

Next in line for the Missionaries were junior Cory Rand, who was 57th in 27:00.4, and senior Brendan Boyer, who finished the team score, placing 68th in 27:21.6.

"All of the men ran pretty well today, and it was great to see Brendan as well as he did in his last race," Shields said. "He had one of his best races of the season today."

Cory Rand

Also running for Whitman were two freshmen: Colin Domonoske, who placed 76th in 27:31.6, and T.C. Heydon, who was 86th in 27:54.4.

Brendan Boyer

Both Mesojednik and Jorgensen finished several spots higher than when they ran at the regional race last season. Mesojednik was 59th and Jorgensen 68th at the 2010 event.

Rand, who was hurt much of last season, ran at regionals two years ago, placing 61st to cap his freshman season.

Colorado College and Occidental tied for first in Saturday's team scoring. Both teams tallied 76 points, finishing just ahead of third-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and its 83 points.

Colorado's Jackson Brainerd won the race in 24:53.4, finishing just ahead of CMS's Rafer Dannenhauer, who was clocked in 24:59.7.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu