Ghoury first-team All-WAC at conference championships

Boise, Idaho The San Jose State University men's and women's cross country teams finished fifth and third, respectively, at the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, October 29. The event was hosted by Boise State University at Eagle Island State Park.

The highlight on the day for the Spartans was a seventh-place individual finish on the men’s side for Spartan junior Mobin Ghoury, the highest-ever conference finish for a San Jose State male runner. Ghoury clocked 25:50.53 on the 8K course and earned first-team All-WAC honors following the conclusion of the races.

Junior Tiffany Hall and sophomore Erica Sahli were each selected to the All-WAC second team for the women. The duo were the top two Spartan finishers at the WAC meet, placing 12th (18:20:12) and 13th (18:21.87), respectively, among 62 total competitiors on the 5K course. Sophomores Marlene Elizalde (24th, 19:11.60), Heather Laptalo (28th, 19:29.69) and Allison Stiller (33rd, 19:39.14), senior Judy DeLong (36th, 19:41.45), junior Tabitha Guzman (37th, 19:43.85), freshman Rebecca Palm (42nd, 19:54.31) and junior Valerie Weilert (46th, 20:26.18) rounded out the San Jose State contingent. Idaho junior Dee Olson put together a first-place effort, clocking 17:31.31.

For the men, Ghoury was followed across the finish line by juniors Jose Burrola-Diaz (26th, 27:14.34) and Josh Courtney (29th, 27:38.66), freshman Sean Dundun (28:23.30), junior Ismail Jorio (38th, 29:13.01) and freshman Ryan Throne (41st, 29:32.84). The men's race consisted of 46 total runners and was won by senior Trever Ball of Utah State in 24:12.87.

In the team competition, the Spartan women finished with 107 points to come in behind Idaho (30) and Utah State (43). Host Boise State finished fourth (115), Nevada and Fresno State tied for fifth at 131 points apiece, New Mexico State was seventh (167) and Hawai'i was eighth (231).

Utah State set a WAC record for lowest team score to win the men's event, tallying 16 points to join Idaho on the women's side as two conference newcomers winning team titles in their first appearances at the WAC Championships. Idaho was second (75), Louisiana Tech was third (88) and Boise State was fourth (99). Rounding out the six-team field after San Jose State (123), was New Mexico State (128).