Hall Wins 2005 UC Davis Cross Country Open; women's team second; men's team sixth

Davis, Calif. San Jose State junior Tiffany Hall finished first at the Aggie Cross Country Open to lead the Spartans Saturday morning, September 10. The women’s team finished second, while the men’s team placed sixth.

"This is the first time a Spartan has won a major (with twelve teams or more) cross country invitational," said head coach Augie Argabright.

Hall, the Spartans’ top runner for the 2005 season, finished the course with a time of 18:17.90, an improvement from last week’s meet in San Francisco where she ran the 5K course in a time of 18:23.1. Sophomore Erica Sahli was also a finisher in the top 10, placing fourth with a time of 18:23.30.

Hall and Sahli were followed by three more teammates who finished in the top 25. Marlene Elizalde finished 14th, Heather Laptalo was 19th and Judy DeLong finished 25th in the 92-runner field.

Argabright said that his team expects to continue to do well as season.

"It's our team goal to finish in the top three at every meet, including the WAC Championships," Argabright said.

The Cal women won the team competition with 23 points, followed by San Jose State with 56 points and UC Davis with 58 points.

In the men’s competition, Mobin Ghoury was the top Spartan runner with a time of 27:51.50, placing 39th in the 83-runner field.

The SJSU men placed sixth with a team score of 172. Cal won the team competition with a score of 21, followed by UC Davis with 35 and San Francisco with 91 points.

The Spartan men compete next at the Stanford Invitational, and the women are at the St. Louis Invitational on Saturday, September 24.

2005 Aggie Women’s Cross Country Open Wildhorse Golf Course, Davis, Calif. 5K

Women's Team Scores: 1. California 23. 2. San Jose State 56. 3. UC Davis 58. 4. San Francisco 89. 5. Sacramento State 156. 6. Pacific 193.

Women's Top Finishers: 1. Tiffany Hall (San Jose State) 18:17.90. 2. Bridget Duffy (California) 18:22.00. 3. Abby Parker (California) 18:22.90.

San Jose State finishers: 1, Tiffany Hall, 18:17.90. 4, Erica Sahli, 18:23.30. Marlene Elizalde, 18:59.60. 19, Heather Laptalo, 19:08.10. 21, Judy DeLong, 19:13.20. 29, Rebecca Palm,19:35.6. 39, Tabitha Guzman, 20:05.90. 43, Valerie Weilert, 20:12.90. 52, Jenna Hicks, 20:34.90. 59, Laura Fairley, 20:58.30. 72, Lindsey Bryant, 22:04.00. 76, Victoria Chavez, 22:27.40. 80, Erica Elias, 23:00.20.

2005 Aggie Men’s Cross Country Open Wildhorse Golf Course, Davis, Calif. 8K

Men's Team Scores: 1. California 21. 2. UC Davis 35. 3. San Francisco 91. 4. Sacramento State 108. 5. William Jessup Univ. 169. 6. San Jose State 172. 7. Holy Names 187 8. Saint Mary's 226.

Men's Top Three Finishers: 1. Giliat Ghebray (California) 25:39.60. 2. Mark Matusak (California) 25:43.60. 3. Jake Schmitt (California) 25:49.10.

San Jose State finishers: 39, Mobin Ghoury, 27:51.50. 47, Jose Burrola, 28:20.00. 58, Ryan Throne, 28:48.90. 65, Sean Dundun, 29:20.00. 67, Ismail Jorio, 29:28.70. 70, Ray Avalos, 30:03.10. 82, Chase Hartmann, 33:24.70.

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