Fresno, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s cross country team finished in fifth place at the WAC Championship on Saturday, October 28. The Spartans were led by Samuel Wambugu, who finished in 14th with a time of 26:07.10. Wambugu earned second-team All-WAC selection.
Wambugu, a first-year Spartan, had one of the strongest performances by a Spartan male runner in 2006. Wambugu ran his second-best career time, and his 14th place was his highest career placement, which was second-highest of all Spartan male runners in 2006. Wambugu’s All-WAC honor marks the third consecutive year a Spartan male runner has earned a place on the All-WAC team. In the previous five years, the Spartan men placed two runners on the All-WAC team.
San Jose State assistant coach Jeff Argabright, who leads the men's team, said of Wambugu’s strong performance, “He has been sick all week and had a hard time breathing during the race, but he still ran his heart out.” Argabright added, “He has been improving all season. I can’t imagine how well he would have done had he been at 100 percent.”
The Spartans took fifth as a team, edging out rival Fresno State. Utah State took the team title, and Forest Braden of Boise State won the individual competition with a time of 24:14.50. On the team performance, Argabright said, “We are probably the greenest team in terms of experience, so I’m happy with everyone’s effort.”
The Spartans' next race will be the NCAA Regional Meet in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, November 11.
Woodward Park, Fresno, Calif.
Team scores: 1. Utah State, 26. 2. Boise State, 37. 3. Idaho, 80. 4. Louisiana Tech, 89. 5. SJSU, 140. 6. Fresno State, 178. 7. New Mexico State, 182.
Top finishers: 1. Forest Braden (Boise State) 24:15. 2. Vance Twitchell (Utah State) 24:43. 3. Ty Axtman (Boise State) 24:51. 4. Ben Kessen (Utah State) 25:08. 5. Seth Wold (Utah State) 25:13.
SJSU finishers: 14. Samuel Wambugu, 26:08. 30. Jonathan Gragert, 26:59. 31. Chris Hart, 27:08. 36. Mobin Ghoury 27:44. 37. David Haefele, 27:52. 38. Ismail Jorio, 27:55. 41. Gordie Throne, 28:03. 47. Jose Burrola-Diaz, 29:20.