Men's cross country fourth at USF Invitational

San Francisco, Calif. - The San Jose State men’s cross country team started the 2006 season with a fourth-place finish at the University of San Francisco Invitational on Saturday, September 2.

The Spartan men were led by strong performances by newcomers Jonathan Gragert and David Haefele. In their first collegiate race, Gragert finished 11th in 27:00.30, and Haefele finished 15th as he ran the course in 27:22.40. Sophomore Sean Dundon (27:25.40) and captain Mobin Ghoury (27:30.90) finished within two seconds of Haefele, to come in 16th and 17th, giving the Spartans four runners in the top 20.

The Spartans' 74 points put them just below Pac-10 member California, which had 64 points. Host school USF finished first with 25 points, followed by second-place Santa Clara with 53 points.

San Jose State head coach Augie Argabright felt good about the men’s results, “Our top runners were freshmen, and they did a great job in their first race. It was a good team performance, and we are looking forward to next week at UC Davis.”

The Spartan men return to action on Saturday, September 9 at the Aggie Invitational in Davis, Calif.

2006 USF Men’s Cross Country Invitational
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Team scores: 1. USF, 25. 2. Santa Clara, 53. 3. California, 64. 4. San Jose State, 74.

Top finishers: 1. Ronald Tibaduiza (Unattached) 25:57.30. 2. Cheyne Inman (USF) 26:12.50. 3. Ryan Courtwright (USF) 26:13.50. 4. Chris Gumbs (Santa Clara) 26:23.50. 5. Eric Lee (Cal) 26:33.60.

San Jose State finishers: 11. Jonathan Gragert, 27:00.30. 15. David Haefele, 27:22.40. 16. Sean Dundon, 27:25.40. 17. Mobin Ghoury, 27:30.90. 25. Ismail Jorio, 27:57.80. 26. Jose Burrola-Diaz, 27:58.00. 27. Samuel Wambugu, 28:09.90.