West Regional Championships - Nov. 3, 2001
Bellingham, Washington

Photos from West Regionals

David Braund and Tyler Graff finished seventh and 11th to lead Chico to a second place team finish at the Western Regional Championships in Bellingham, Wash., earning the Wildcats a birth to the Division II National Championships on Nov. 17 in Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock University.

Braund and Graff earned all region honors by finishing in the top 15.

I'm happy and disappointed at the same time. I would have liked to place higher, but I wasn't that far in back of the leaders, said Braund.

I'm looking forward to Nationals. I'm going to put it on the line, go out and position myself early and hold on. I'm going to try and finish my career off with a bang, said Braund.

Eron Tello finished 20th, Zach Tarver was the top freshman finisher in the race finishing 25th place and Chris Eggers was 28th for the Wildcats.

The men ran mediocre, but still managed to be runner up. It's bittersweet feeling. I would have loved to give Davis a run, but came up a bit short of what we expected, said Coach Gary Towne.

U.C. Davis won the team title with 27 points, followed by Chico State with 89.

On the women's side Jasmine Green finished in 15th place to earn all-region honors and lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish, qualifying the team for nationals.

Katie Lee finished 18th, Sarah Hallas was 20th, Missy Lendl was 35th and Carol Schryver was 51st for the Wildcats.

The women executed well and ran a gutsy race, but just came up short of the goal for being top two, said Towne.

U.C. Davis also won the women's team title with 44 points, followed by Humboldt state (133) and Chico State (139).

Despite not having our best outing of the season, we still managed to come home with two NCAA qualifications, said Towne.

Men's Results

1 Christina Madsen Jr Hawaii Pacific Univ 32:07
2 Tobias Schwoerer Fr Univ Alaska Anchorage 32:10
3 Ryan Miller Sr Univ California Davis 32:13
4 Steve Laurie Jr Univ California Davis 32:18
5 Nate Bristow Jr Univ California Davis 32:19

Chico State Finishers:

7. David Braund 32:22 *all-region
11. Tyler Graff 32:42 *all-region
20. Eron Tello 33:11
25. Zachary Tarver 33:19
28. Chris Eggers 33:24
29. Vernon Ruiz 33:26
40. Ryan Wade 33:49

Women's Results

1 Nina Christensen So Hawaii Pacific Univ 21:37
2 Lisa Blomme Jr Hawaii Pacific Univ 21:57
3 Heather Gibson Sr Univ California Davis 21:58
4 Jessica Neu So Univ California Davis 22:01
5 Sayuri Kusutani Fr Hawaii Pacific Univ 22:02

Chico State Finishers:

15 Jasmine Green 22:53*all-region
18 Kathryn Lee 23:05
20 Sarah Hallas 23:08
35 Missy Lendl 23:35
51 Carol Schryver 23:58
64 Veronica Hernandez 24:17
92 Amber Miller 25:05