Saturday, October 31, 2009

University of Portland's Amazing Conference Streak

Moving this post up from 2 years ago. Make it 31 years in a row for the Portland men in the WCC. Check out the results at the following link:
Men's Results: http://www.portlandpilots.com/documents/2009/10/31/2009%20WCC%20Results.pdf?id=2951
Women's Results: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/west/sports/c-xc/auto_pdf/2009WCCWXCchampresults.pdf


The University of Portland won the West Coast Conference Men's Cross Country Team title today for the 29th year in a row at the Crystal Springs Course. While the streak is amazing enough by itself, if you look at the numbers closely, you find that the streak is even more impressive.

To begin, Portland today scored 32 points for the victory. That was the HIGHEST score they have had in 29 victories! The streak started in 1979 with their first conference victory when their top five runners all came in at the same time and were all declared the winners. They have accomplished the score of 15 (first five runners in the race) TEN TIMES! In fact, they were able to score a perfect score of 15, five years in a row (1995-1999).

Portland also had the individual winner from 1979-2006. Think about that one for a second. They had the individual and team winner for 28 straight years! While the team victory streak remained intact today, the individual winner streak is over. University of San Francisco's Cheyne Inman was the individual winner as he completed the 8K course in 25:20 and defeated the top 4 Portland runners who finished 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th.

Their women's team has been successful in their own right by winning their 6th straight title today and their 17th victory in the 22 year history of the women's division.

I think people throw the word dynasty around way too loosely. What Portland has accomplished IS definitely a dynasty!

5 comments:

GOPILOTS said...

Rob Connor is an amazing coach. He develops talent and does a great job!

Anonymous said...

Women's team has won 9-10 straight titles as well.

But the WCC isn't great ...

Albert Caruana said...

The Portland women had won 7 titles in a row before this year when USF won the women's crown.

Here is a listing of all the conference champions up to 2008:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/west/sports/c-xc/auto_pdf/XCRecordBook.pdf

Anonymous said...

What amazes me is the number of CCS runners that were racing in this meet, off the top of my head i think their was 6 or 7

Anonymous said...

Check out Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Mens track and field; another great dynasty. They just wrapped up their 18th straight conference title in 2009. More than doubled the points of the second place team. Plenty of Bay Area/Northern CA talent.