Women runners shine in Mercury News 10k run

San Jose, Calif.-----Four San Jose State University women’s cross country runners finished three through six and were among the top competitors in their respective age groups in the 29th annual San Jose Mercury News 10k race through downtown San Jose.

Erica Sahli, a junior-to-be and 2005 second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection, was third overall among 641 female racers and first in the 19-21 year-old age class with a time of 38:12. The winning time was 35:00 by Heather Hanscom of Redwood City.

Tiffany Hall, a senior-to-be and another second-team All-WAC pick a year ago, was second to Sahli in the 19-21 year-old division with a 38:48 clocking. Tabitha Guzman, another senior-to-be, was third at 39:50.

Heather Laptalo, a senior-to-be, was second in the 22-29 year-old division with her time of 39:20. Hall, Guzman and Laptalo finished four through six among all female entries.

“This is the first time we’ve had four runners finish in under 40 minutes in a Mercury News 10k race,” said San Jose State University women’s cross country coach Augie Argabright.

Spartans Rebecca Palm, Allison Stiller, Jenna Hicks and Marlene Elizade also finished among the top-10 female competitors in the race.

San Jose State University runners in the 10k Mercury News run
March 26, 2006

3. Erica Sahli, 38:14.
4. Tiffany Hall, 38:48.
5. Heather Laptalo, 39:20.
6. Tabitha Guzman, 39:50.
7. Rebecca Palm, 40:15.
8. Allison Stiller, 40:47.
9. Jenna Hicks, 41:07.
10. Marlene Elizalde, 41:10.
31. Lindsay Bryant, 46:25.