San Jose, Calif. -- Two California high school state championship competitors signed a National Letter-of-Intent to compete for the San Jose State University women’s cross country team. Rebecca Garcia from Anaheim, Calif., and Marissa Buckley from Pleasant Hill, Calif., will join the Spartans beginning in the 2011-12 school year. Head coach Augie Argabright made the announcement.
“These runners have the mental and physical ability to immediately help our team when they arrive,” said Argabright. They both have impressive achievements at the high school level, and have competed in some of the state’s toughest events. Rebecca and Marissa will challenge for starting positions when we begin next fall.”
Garcia was the 2009 Century League individual champion as the leader of the Canyon High School (Anaheim, Calif.) cross country team. She posted a three-mile time of 17:43 that went down as the third fastest ever posted at Canyon High. Garcia was also the top finisher on a team that broke a 26-year-old Century League record for fastest team time in a three-mile event.
In 2010, Garcia was 22nd out of 114 in the Orange County Championship and 28th out of 119 runners at C.I.F. Southern Section championship. She ended the year finishing in the top half of the field at the state championship coming in 77th place out of 192 runners.
Buckley competed in the C.I.F. State Championship the last two seasons for College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Calif. In the 2009 state meet, she finished in 55th place out of 192 runners. She returned to the state championship in 2010 and finished in 114th out of 190.
As a senior in 2010, two of Buckley’s best performances came in big meets. She placed 34th out of 180 at the Stanford Invitational, and 28th out of 169 at the 2010 Nike Invitational in Concord, Calif. Buckley placed inside the top-10 individually in four straight dual meets and was a top-30 finisher in five different invitational races.
She had a season-best fourth place out of 63 at the Scott Bauhs Invitational in Pleasanton, Calif., Her 15th place individual finish at the Mt. SAC Invitational helped her team to the podium for third place honors.