Three Spartans In Top-Five To Lead Team To First Place At Santa Clara Invitational

Ben Branagh has been the top Spartan finisher in three of the four meets this season.
Oct. 17, 2015

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Spartan runners Ben Branagh, Josue Gonzalez and Jose Piña finished third, fourth and fifth individually at the 8K Santa Clara Invitational to lead San José State to a first place finish.

San José State men’s team beat runner-up Loyola Marymount 61-108, giving the Spartans its first top finish at a meet since the 2010 season at the Battle of the Bay meet.  

“The guys did a great job. We just came off of three weeks of hard training and were able to put in a great race.  Our top three guys looked really solid. It was great to see them run as a pack upfront,” said Spartans cross country coach Brad Wick as Branagh, Gonzalez and Piña finished 2.3 seconds of each other.

Jannik Ernst and Craig Huff rounded off the top-five finishers for the Spartans, finishing 24th and 47th. Huruy Zeratsion finished 58th. The spread time between Branagh and Huff, the first and fifth Spartan finisher, was 42.5 seconds, within the desired range for the third-year coach.

“We were without one of our top-seven, Raul (Rodarte), but he’ll be back and Craig and Huruy both had great races to fill that gap,” said Wick.  

On an overcast day at Baylands Regional Park, the 8K race course was fast as expected with its hard packed dirt paths and low cut grass as every Spartan ran a season-best time.

“In cross country, you can’t go off of times but overall, Jannik and Craig ran faster than last year. Also, Ben and Josue ran about the same but they were 3rd and 4th so you always run for the placement so they did a great job,” the Spartans coach explained.

Santa Clara University Bronco Invitational

Men’s Cross Country 8K Run

Baylands Regional Park, Sunnyvale, Calif.

October 17, 2015

TEAM RESULTS

TOTAL SCORE

1. San José State

61

2. Loyola Marymount

108

3. California

114

4. St. Mary’s (Callif.)

115

5. Santa Clara

141

6. Fresno State

149

7. UC Santa Barbara

161

8. Texas Tech

163

9. New Mexico State

202

10. Sacramento State

228

11. UTSA

233

12. San Diego

297

13. Grand Canyon

327

 

TOP INDIVIDUALS

SCHOOL

TIME

1. Justin Marpole-Bird

Strava Tc

23:38.6

2. Dusan Makevic

UTSA

23:39.5

3. Ben Branagh

San José State

24:03.9

4. Josue Gonzalez

San José State

24:06.1

5. Jose Piña

San José State

24:06.2

 

SAN JOSÉ STATE FINISHERS

TIME

3. Ben Branagh

24:03.9

4. Josue Gonzalez

24:06.1

5. Jose Piña

24:06.2

24. Jannik Ernst

24:29.7

47. Craig Huff

24:46.4

(58.) Huruy Zeratsion

25:03.2