Men's Cross Country Has Best Finish At West Regional Since At Least 2003

Piña led the Spartans in three meets this season.
Nov. 13, 2015

Meet Results

SEATTLE -- The San José State University men's cross country team had its best finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships since at least 2003 by placing 14th out of 30 teams.  The previous best finish was last year when the Spartans finished 18th.

"All the runners finished nicely as they battled to get every point possible. The pace of the race got away from us slightly at the start where we got too far back in the pack," said Spartans cross country coach Brad Wick.

Jose Piña led the charge for the Spartans, finishing 67th out of 205 runners with a time of 32:24.2 over the muddy 10K course drenched by the Pacific Northwest rain. It was the third time the freshman led the Spartans this season.

"Jose picked through the runners ahead of him and finished strong," said Wick.

Junior Ben Branagh was the second Spartan to cross the line finishing 74th, nine seconds behind Piña.

Senior Jannik Ernst edged out teammate Josue Gonzalez by nine-tenths of a second to finish third on the Spartans in 32 minutes 49.1 seconds. Ernst finished in 86th place, similar to last year's 84th place showing.  Gonzalez, a sophomore, improved his placement to 87th after finishing 145th last year.  

Sophomore Craig Huff rounded out the scoring for the Spartans in 99th place at 33:06.4, improving on last year's 101st place finish.  

The 42.2 second spread between the Piña and Huff, the lowest and the highest scorer was pleasing to the third year coach.

"The 42-second spread, especially over 10K is really good. It shows they ran strong as a team," said Wick.

The Spartans edged out #13 and #14-ranked West Regional schools Arizona State and Saint Mary's (Calif). San José State was ranked regionally in the top-15 throughout the season.

The University of Washington took the team championship honors as Edward Cheserek of Oregon won the individual championship in 30 minutes 43.2 seconds.  


 

 

NCAA West Regional Championships

Men's Cross Country 10K Run

Jefferson Park Golf Course, Seattle, Wash.

November 13, 2015

TEAM RESULTS

TOTAL SCORE

1. Washington

63

2. Stanford

83

3. Oregon

99

4. Washington State

125

5. Boise State

137

6. California

146

7. UCLA

163

8. UC Santa Barbara

184

9. Portland

200

10. Gonzaga

253

11. San Francisco

273

12. Cal Poly

344

13. UC Davis

389

14. San José State

409

15. Arizona State

422

16. Saint Mary's (Calif.)

489

17. Loyola Marymount

535

18. Eastern Washington

551

19. Santa Clara

562

20. Cal State Fullerton

574

21. UC Riverside

635

22. Seattle U.

647

23. Long Beach State

692

24. Fresno State

712

25. UC Irvine

725

26. Portland State

774

27. Pepperdine

779

28. Sacramento State

805

29. San Diego

831

30. Cal State Northridge

882

 

TOP INDIVIDUALS

SCHOOL

TIME

1. Edward Cheserek

Oregon

30:43.2

2. John Whelan

Washington State

30:54.9

3. Michael Willams

Washington State

31:05.4

4. Travis Neuman

Oregon

31:07.8

5. Tyler King

Washington

31:08.1

 

SAN JOSÉ STATE FINISHERS

TIME

67. Jose Piña

32:24.2

74. Ben Branagh

32:33.3

86. Jannik Ernst

32:49.1

87. Josue Gonzalez

32:50.0

99. Craig Huff

33:06.4

120. Huruy Zeratsion

33:41.9

126. Raul Rodarte

33:49.4