Reno, Nev.---The San Jose State men's cross country team finished in sixth-place out of seven at the Western Athletics Conference Championship race in Reno, Nev., on October 31.
Alan Shelton ran the 8K course through Rancho San Rafael Park in 28:19.4, and was the Spartans' top finisher.
"I'm proud of Alan for the way he ran the race today," said head coach Augie Argabright. "This experience should be a big confidence booster as he returns for us next season."
Alan Shelton (35), Alfredo Coronado (40), Jonathan Gragert (41), David Haefele (42), and Sterling Granger (50) combined for San Jose State's total of 190 points.
"We feel like we could have placed much higher in this race," said Argabright. "Our runners really tried their hardest for this most important race, but today just wasn't our day."
With a total of 25 points, Utah State took first place honors in the race. Brian McKenna and Daniel Howell finished first and third respectively, helping Utah State to their victory.
This marks the end of the 2009 season for San Jose State. Eight of the nine runners in today's WAC Championship will be returning for the Spartans in 2010.
1. Utah State 25
2. Fresno State 67
3. Boise State 69
4. New Mexico St. 87
5. Idaho 123
6. San Jose St. 190
7. Louisiana Tech 208
35. Alan Shelton 28:19.4
40. Alfredo Coronado 28:38.2
41. Jonathan Gragert 28:42.2
42. David Haefele 28:46.5
50. Sterling Granger 29:14.0
51. David Blausey 29:20.6
52. Irvin Garcia 29:22.7
56. Luke Galvan 30:07.9
57. Alex Esparza 30:35.1
Top Five Finishers:
1.Brian McKenna Utah State 26:00.1
2. Erick Garcia Fresno State 26:04.4
3. Daniel Howell Utah State 26:04.4
4. Markus Geiger Idaho 26:23.1
5. Kevin Rosaaen Boise State 26:25.5