Men's Cross Country Ninth At Willamette Invite

San Jose State University men's cross country finished in ninth place out of 15 teams in the 37th annual Willamette Invitational on October 1 in Salem, Ore.

Juan Ruiz was the Spartans' top-finisher coming in 50th place out of 161 entrees and completed the 8K course in 25:52.77.

Senior and team captain Sterling Granger was shortly behind Ruiz in 53rd place. Granger ran the course in 25:56.13.

Mueen Ghoury came in 58th place, Alex Esparza finished 71st and Hector Lopez-Garcia in 85th place rounded out the scorers for San Jose State.

"I liked the effort from our team in this race," said Spartans' head coach Augie Argabright. "We're continuing to improve in practices and it's showing out there in competition."

Both Chico State and Portland State finished with a team score of 37 and tied for first place at the Invitational.

Barak Watson from Northwest Nazarene was the race winner, finishing the course in 24:03.64.

San Jose State returns to action this Friday, October 7 at the Gator Invitational hosted by USF in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Team Results:
1. Chico State  37
1. Portland  37
3. Cal Baptist  117
4. Northwest Nazarene 129
5. Willamette  141
6. Seattle Pacific 160
7. Whitworth  198
8. Linfield  238
9. San Jose State 256
10. Central Washington 318
11. UC Santa Cruz 323
12. Lewis and Clark 358
12. Puget Sound  358
14. Pacific Lutheran 359
15. Whitman   366

SJSU Results:
50 Juan Ruiz                  25:52.77   39
53 Sterling Granger        25:56.13   41
58 Mueen Ghoury           26:07.39   46
71 Alex Esparza             26:28.80   59
85 Hector Lopez-Garcia  26:48.00   71
91 Ansel Mills               26:56.66   77
102 Kellen Cole              27:12.59   83
125 Antonio Cantu         27:38.77    

Top Five Finishers:
1 Barak Watson       Northwest Nazarene    24:03.64    1  
2 Matt Frerker         Portland                    24:18.48    2  
3 Isaac Chavez       Chico State                24:18.50    3  
4 Johnny Sanchez    Chico State               24:25.66    4  
5 Joash Osoro         Portland                    24:25.87    5