Men's Cross Country Finishes Seventh At Stanford Invitational

Sophomore Josue Gonzalez
Sept. 26, 2015

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STANFORD, Calif. -- San José State University men’s cross country team finished seventh at the 8K Stanford Invitational on Saturday with 30 participating schools and 289 runners competing in the 42nd edition of the meet.

The Spartans were led by freshman Jose Piña for the first time this season with a time of 24:34.4, placing him 34th overall. In both the previous meets of the season, Piña was the second finisher on the squad before breaking through today.  

Jose ran exceptionally well. He put himself in a good position. He just keeps getting better and better,” said Spartans cross country coach Brad Wick.

Senior Ben Branagh finished 12 seconds behind Piña at 24.46.4 placing him 48th. Branagh’s time was a 43.6 second improvement from last year’s Stanford Invitational meet where he finished in 141st place.

Sophomore Josue Gonzalez was the third San José State finisher, crossing the finish line at 24:52.0. It was the first time Gonzalez cracked the top-three finish among the Spartans this season.

The fourth Spartan finisher was senior Jannik Ernst (58th, 24:54.8), who ran two seconds faster than at last year’s meet. Rounding out the scoring was first year Spartan Raul Rodarte at 25:02.7 (66th).

“Raul was a really solid fifth man for us as he started strong and maintained his place,” said Wick.

The 28 second spread between the Spartan leader Piña and fifth scorer Rodarte was within the target range that Wick had in mind as the team continues to solidify its depth in hopes of peaking during the year end conference and regional meets.

Sophomores Craig Huff and Huruy Zeratsion finished 118th and 119th, respectively with times of 25:40.3 and 25.40.5.

Wick was pleased with his squad’s performance who finished in fourth place out of 14 Division I schools. “The team ran to the potential of where they are at right now as they ran a really solid race.”

Stanford’s Sean McGorty won the race with a time of 23:07.0 leading the Cardinal men’s team to a first place finish.

The Spartans will have their next race in two weeks on Friday, October 9 at the San Francisco State Invitational.

Stanford Invitational

Men’s Cross Country 8K Run

Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.

September 26, 2015

TEAM RESULTS

TOTAL SCORE

1. Stanford

63

2. Chico State

68

3. Cal Poly

100

4. Cal Poly Pomona

132

5. UC Davis

173

6. Baylor

231* Tiebreaker: 1st displacer score is lower than San José State’s.

7. San José State

231*

8. Simon Fraser

271

9. Claremont-Mudd

299

10. UC Irvine

317

11. Southern Oregon

342

12. North Dakota State

343

13. UC Riverside

359

14. Fresno State

368

15. Mt. SAC

384

16. San Bernardino

441

17. Azusa Pacific

459

18. Academy of Art

499

19. Sacramento State

508

20. Davis XC&T Club

565

21. Fresno Pacific

614

22. Cal State Northridge

622

23. Whittier

644

24. UC Merced

674

25. Central Washington

748

26. Cal St. Stanislaus

761

27. Alaska Fairbanks

787

28. La Verne

856

29. Holy Names

864

30. Cal State East Bay

894

 

TOP INDIVIDUALS

SCHOOL

TIME

1. Sean McGorty

Stanford

23:07.0

2. Grant Fisher

Unattached

23:33.9

3. William Reyes

Chico State

23:36.7

4. Valentin Pepiot

Academy of Art

23:53.2

5. Mark Huizar

Cal Poly

23:56.7

 

SAN JOSÉ STATE FINISHERS

TIME

34. Jose Piña

24:34.4

48. Ben Branagh

24:46.4

55. Josue Gonzalez

24:52.0

58. Jannik Ernst

24:54.8

66. Raul Rodarte

25:02.7

(118.) Craig Huff

25:40.3

(119.) Huruy Zeratsion

25:40.5