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Oct. 14, 2011

TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa cross country teams will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., Oct. 16 for NCAA Pre-Nationals. The Golden Hurricane will run in the event that precedes the NCAA Championships, which will also be held at LaVern Gibson Cross Country Championship Course.

The men competed in the event last season, finishing 11th out of 36 teams. The team had a great showing in 2009, finishing eighth overall. The last time the Tulsa women ran at Pre-Nationals was in 2009, when they finished 30th out of 37 squads. Tulsa will be sending 12 male runners and 10 female runners to the event.

 

 

TU MAKES MARK IN STILLWATER
The Tulsa women placed fifth out of 20 teams, and the TU men placed sixth out of 29 teams at the OSU Jamboree in Stillwater Oct. 1. Both teams had strong showings at the event, and the men were paced by senior Paulo Pinheiro's 18th-place finish. He crossed the line in 24:33.91 in the 8K event. Senior Paula Whiting led the women with her 13th-place finish. She clocked a time of 17:46.13 in the 5K event. Junior Ashley Scott also recorded a top-20 finish as she placed 18th in 17:58.54.

GOLDEN HURRICANE SPLIT DUELS WITH ORAL ROBERTS
Tulsa competed in a duel against Oral Roberts Sept. 24 and utilized a team of youngsters. The men defeated the Golden Eagles by a score of 19-38, while the women were narrowly edged by ORU's A team 27-29. Freshman Aaron Thornburg paced the men, winning the 5K event in a time of 16:36.58. TU had five of the top six finishers. Freshman Larissa Erickson finished second overall and was tops on the women's team in a time of 11:39.60. Fellow freshman Lauren Collette was third in 11:40.21.

TULSA ROLLS OVER HOUSTON IN DUEL
The Golden Hurricane competed in a duel against Houston after the Missouri Southern Stampede was rained out. The men dropped the Cougars 23-38, and the women won by a score of 16-47. Senior Paulo Pinheiro won the four-mile event with a career-best time of 19:05. Tulsa took eight of the top 10 positions. The women recorded the top four finishers and had seven of the top 10. Senior Paula Whiting won the event with a personal-best time of 10:49. She narrowly defeated freshman teammate Natasha Cockram, who also clocked in at 10:49.

WHITING DOMINATES SEASON-OPENING HURRICANE FESTIVAL
Paula Whiting kicked off her senior campaign with a dominating effort at the season-opening Hurricane Festival Sept. 3. She won the two-mile event by 23 seconds in a personal-best time of 10:55. Junior Sarah Macpherson placed fourth in a career-best 11:21. Freshmen Natasha Cockram and Janessa Dunn crossed the line next for TU in seventh and ninth, respectively. Redshirt freshman Lauren Collette placed 13th and true freshman Larissa Erickson placed 17th. The TU women finished 4-1 in the duels. The men used an experience group and finished 1-2 in the duels. Freshman Tim Rackers paced TU with his seventh-place finish. Sophomore James Keilbarth, redshirt freshman Brian Tabb and sophomore Austin Cookson finished in 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. Freshman Aaron Thornburg placed 15th in 21:42 to round out the team scoring. Junior Derek Eidt placed 20th in 22:11 and redshirt freshman Seth Marsh was 21st in 22:12.

BOTH SIDES RECEIVE VOTES IN NATIONAL POLLS
Both the Tulsa men and women received votes in this week's USTFCCCA national cross country coaches' poll. The women have been receiving votes in every poll this season, while the men entered the national polls for the first time in 2011. The TU women received seven votes to land at No. 37 in the nation in the most recent polls announced October 11. Teams who are receiving more votes than TU are Vanderbilt (25), Yale (16), Texas Tech (14), Indiana (12), Kansas State (10) and Connecticut (8). The TU men are slotted at No. 33 with 11 votes, and the teams receiving votes ahead of them are Texas (28) and Virginia (17).

BOTH TEAMS ARE RANKED NO. 5 IN MIDWEST REGIONAL RANKINGS
The Tulsa men currently sit at the No. 5 spot in the most recent USTFCCCA Midwest Region polls released October 11. The Golden Hurricane was ranked behind Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Iowa State. The women are also ranked No. 5 in the region. They are slotted behind Iowa State, Minnesota, Iowa and Oklahoma State.

MEN'S TEAM SPORTS LARGEST ROSTER IN GULLEY ERA
The Tulsa men have 27 runners this year, and coach Steve Gulley is sporting his largest roster for the second-straight year (the team had 26 runners in 2010). The five seniors on the 2011 squad are Brad Harris, Tom Marshall, Bill Martin, Paulo Pinheiro and Carl Stones. There are also six juniors, six sophomores and 10 freshmen.

MEN RETURN SEVEN ALL-CONFERENCE RUNNERS
Tulsa welcomes back seven all-C-USA performers from last years squad, highlighted by First Team members senior Carl Stones and junior Chris O'Hare. Stones is a three-time all-conference performer, as he was also named to the Third Team in 2008 and `09. O'Hare was named to the Second Team in 2009. Four members of the squad made the Second Team in 2010, and they all return this year. They are senior Tom Marshall and juniors Geraint Davies, Mitch Johnson and Sam Masters. Senior Paulo Pinheiro was named to the Third Team in his first year with the Golden Hurricane.

WOMEN BRING BACK THREE ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
TU returns three all-conference honorees from last season, including all-C-USA First-Team member senior Paula Whiting. Whiting was the runner up at the Conference USA Championship last year, and she was also named to the Second Team her sophomore year. Junior Jaclyn Rollins was named to the all-C-USA Second Team last season, and fellow junior Ashley Scott landed on the Third Team.

WOMEN REACH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FIRST TIME IN 2010
The Tulsa women competed as a team at the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history a year ago, finishing the competition as the 30th-best team in the nation. The women who competed were senior Paula Whiting, juniors Jaclyn Rollins, Ashley Scott and Erin Huddleston, sophomore Josie Wilcox and former TU student-athletes Melanie Cleland and Jacqueline Fairchild.

WOMEN FINISH FOURTH AT NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL, MEN PLACE SIXTH IN 2010
The TU women finished fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Peoria, Ill., last year. This was the highest finish in school history. Senior Paula Whiting finished third individually, which tied for the best finish in school history at the event. The men's sixth-place finish was the third-lowest regional finish in school history, and the team has finished in the top eight at Regionals in each of the last five years. All seven men who ran at Regionals posted their personal-best times in the 10K.

TULSA DOUBLES UP AT CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Golden Hurricane took home both the men's and women's Conference USA Championships last year. The TU programs smoked the competition and became just the third school in C-USA history to win both titles on the same day. The men defeated second-place UTEP by a score of 34-40 for their second trophy in three years, while the women's side topped Rice 27-57 for their first Conference USA crown. The 30-point victory over the Owls was the third-largest margin of victory in conference history.