Belmont, Calif. -- The San Jose State men's cross country team finished in fifth place out of seven teams at the Crystal Springs Invitational in Belmont, Calif., on October 6.
The Spartans finished with a team score of 131. Matthew Stevens was first on the team to cross the finish line on the 8,000-meter course in 27:23. Mueen Ghoury followed closely in 17th place with a time of 27:40.
Nicholas Sherrell and Garrick Chan for the Spartans both ran their fastest 8K times of the season on Saturday. Sherrell came in 26th place with a time of 28:32 while Chan finished 33rd in 29:11.
"I'm proud of the way the team ran," said San Jose State head coach Ron Davis. "We had a couple of personal bests out there today and that's what we're looking for."
Also competing for the Spartans: Imran Zaman in 42nd place with a time of 31:09 and Brandon Jauregui in 44th with a time of 31:50.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College finished on top of the team leader board with a final score of 22. They had three runners finish inside the top-five. Unattached runner Joshua McDonald was the individual winner with a time of 25:38.
"This was a good one for the team to build on with the conference championship coming up in a couple of weeks," Davis said.
San Jose State's next race is Saturday, October 13 at the Santa Clara Bronco Open at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Team Leader Board:
1 LA Trade Tech 22
2 Humboldt State 36
3 San Francisco State 102
4 William Jessup 113
5 San Jose State 131
6 Holy Names 147
7 Notre Dame De Nemur
13 Matthew Stephens 27:23
17 Mueen Ghoury 27:40
26 Nicholas Sherrell 28:32
33 Garrick Chan 29:11
42 Imran Zaman 31:09
44 Brandon Jauregui 31:50
Top Five Individuals:
1 Joshua MacDonald Unattached 25:38
2 Omar Cortez LA Trade Tech 25:55
3 Juan Rodriguez LA Trade Tech 26:02
4 Bryon Puentes Unattached 26:05
5 Jesus Ortiz LA Trade Tech 26:12