Men's Cross Country Runs at NCAA Regionals

Portland, Ore. - The San Jose State University men’s cross country team finished the 2006 season with a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Regionals in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, November 11. The Spartans were led by Samuel Wambugu’s time of 32:58.96 to take 90th place on the 10K course.

Wambugu, a 2006 All-WAC second-team selection, showed why he was heralded as a top recruit this past off-season, by being the top Spartan finisher in the past four races he has participated in. The second Spartan finisher was Sean Dundon, who took 140th place with a time of 34:27.19, followed by Chris Hart’s 34:49.95. Freshman duo, David Haefele and Jonathan Gragert finished with times of 35:18.39 and 35:25.79, to take 155th and 156th, respectively.

With the tough competition at the NCAA Regionals, the Spartans gained valuable experience for the 2007 season. Of the six Spartans running in Saturday’s competition, four are in their first season at San Jose State, and five are expected to return to the Spartans for 2007. Mobin Ghoury is the only runner who ran Saturday who will not be returning for the 2007 season. The 2005 All-WAC selection finished with a time of 36:40.09.

Oregon won the team title, while Neftalem Arian of Stanford won the individual title with a time of 30:05.88. The Spartans finished four places shy of Santa Clara, which earned two "Rivalry Series" points in the competition between the two schools.

NCAA Regionals
Portland, Ore.
10K


Team finishes: 1. Oregon, 69. 2. Stanford, 88. 3. Portland, 123. 4. Washington, 139. 5. Arizona, 156. 6. UCLA, 167. 7. UC Santa Barbara, 170. 8. Washington State, 201. 9. Cal Poly, 220. 10. California, 260. 11. Arizona State, 290. 12. Long Beach St, 334. 13. UC Irvine 374. 14. Boise State, 389. 15. Sacramento State, 483. 16. UC Riverside, 500. 17. Cal State Fullerton, 531. 18. USF, 538. 19. Idaho, 539. 20, Santa Clara, 545. 21. Eastern Washington, 561. 22. Loyola Marymount, 584. 23. Cal State Northridge, 653. 24. SJSU, 678. 25. San Diego, 692.

Top finishers: 1. Neftalem Arian (Stanford) 30:05.88. 2. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 30:13.61. 3. Obed Mutanya (Arizona) 30:14.64. 4. Galen Rupp (Oregon) 30:14.94. 5. Jeremy Mineau (Washington) 30:15.34.

SJSU finishers: 90. Samuel Wambugu, 32:58.96. 140. Sean Dundon, 34:27.19. 149. 34:49.95. 155. David Haefele, 35:18.39. 156. Jonathan Gragert, 35:25.79. 159. Mobin Ghoury, 36:40.90.