Spartans Fourth At UCR Invite

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- San Jose State finished in fourth place out of 11 teams in the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif., on September 17.

Freshman Mueen Ghoury led the Spartans for the second race, finishing the 8K dirt course in 25:22.9, good for 14th place.

Sterling Granger and Juan Ruiz also added top-25 performances coming in 18th and 24th respectively.

Alex Esparza finished in 26:57.4 for 48th place and Kellen Cole finished in 27:10.7 for 56th place to round out the top-five for San Jose State.

"I thought we performed well and had a solid average team time," said Spartans' head coach Augie Argabright. "Mueen showed great leadership again, which is a good sign for a true freshman."

Loyola Marymount University took first place honors in the Invitational with a total score of 24. Eric Kliensasser of Occidental finished the race in 24:21.3 and was the event's individual winner.

San Jose State returns to action on October first when they race in the Willamette Invitational.


Team Results:
1 Loyola Marymount             24
2 Occidental                   53
3 Claremont-Mudd              100
4 San Jose State              111
5 CS San Marcos               120
6 Men of Troy                 196
7 LA Trade Tech               198
8 Pomona Pitzer               224
9 Redlands                    256
10 Riverside CC                267
11 Cal Tech                    291

Top Five Finishers:
1 Eric Kleinsasser             Occidental             24:21.3    1            
2 Sterling Lockert             Loyola Marymount       24:25.4    2            
3 Weston Strum                 Loyola Marymount       24:36.5    3            
4 Anthony Brown                Unattached             24:44.2                 
5 Rick Avila                   Concordia              24:49.0

SJSU Results:
14 Mueen Ghoury                 San Jose State         25:52.9    8
18 Sterling Granger             San Jose State         26:06.5   10
24 Juan Ruiz                    San Jose State         26:10.5   15
48 Alex Esparza                 San Jose State         26:57.4   36
56 Kellen Cole                  San Jose State         27:10.7   42
58 Ansel Mills                  San Jose State         27:13.1   44
60 Hector Lopez-Garcia          San Jose State         27:15.2   45