Cross Country Places 3rd and 4th at UCI Invitational
Once again, newcomers step up to place in top five.
Sept. 7, 2008
Irvine, CA - With the stiffest competition the Lions have seen all season, both men and women's teams outshined most of the pack at the Asics/UCI Invitational on Saturday morning.
The men's side finished fourth, just behind the eventual race-winner UCLA, host UCI, and last year's champion, Cal Poly. Only 28 seconds separated the men's top five finishers, three of which were freshmen. "We really believe that our depth is going to be key to our success this year and to be able to have these guys step up to the 8k distance with only a 28 second gap is pretty exciting," coach Scott Guerrero commented on the men's team.
In his first season of collegiate running, Connor Pastoor led the Lion's in the men's race. Pastoor finished 11th overall with senior Trevor Wiseman close behind finishing 16th. Freshmen Thomas Finnigan, Phillip Benavides and Junior Brian McDonald rounded out the top five.
On the women's side, the Lions finished 3rd just behind host UCI and UCLA. Tara Erdmann led the Lions and the majority of the race, placing second overall. Not far behind were freshmen Brieanna Delaney and Stephanie Felix placing 17th and 25th respectively. Three of the top five finishers were freshmen including newcomer to the top five, Cassandra Salazar. Senior Abby Fall continued to show her leadership rounding out the top five for the Lions.
"I was very pleased with our results. It's our first real meet of the season and both our teams showed some real promise considering that it's still way early in the season," Guerrero said. "We have our eyes squarely fixed on our championship season which is still two months away so it's very encouraging to run this well this early, knowing that we are still rounding into shape and that we will only get better as we get deeper into the season."
Next up for the Lions in the San Diego State Aztec Invitational on Saturday, September 13. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.
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