San Jose, Calif. - The San José State University women's cross country team open its season Saturday morning at the 24th San Francisco Cross Country Invitational.
Brad Wick, fourth-year head coach of the Spartans, brings his team of eight returning runners along with three freshmen to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on September 3. Race time is 9:30 a.m.
“We lost Jennifer (Beckingham) and Lalida (Maokhamphiou), two of our top runners from last year,” Coach Wick said. “The biggest strength of this team are three returners who were freshman last year, Jeanette Zambrano, Adilene Aldapa (16th at USF last year) and Ashley Cahalan (20th at USF last year). They went through the usual ups and downs of being a freshman, but have come back this year and you can see the difference. They are much more comfortable with the training schedule, our workouts and school and I think we will see a lot of improvement.”
“One of the most gratifying things at the start of this year has been senior Karina Nunes,” Wick said. “She put in more miles than anyone on the team and you can tell. She can be a big factor on our team and jump into the top-five (finished 32nd at USF last year).
“We brought in three freshmen that can also vie for a spot in out top five. Jennifer Sandoval, who had a fantastic high school career and from what I’ve seen so far is even stronger now. Jacqueleine Escalera has shown that she can mix it up with anyone in our top five and Camilla Hanson has done a great job in our first three workouts and will also be in position to grab a top-seven spot.”
“We are starting to assemble a complete team which can be successful and begin to make some headway against some of the top teams in the Mountain West and the region.”
|Event:||24th San Francisco Cross Country Invitational|
|Date:||Saturday, September 3, 2016|
|Time:||Women (6K) – 9:30 a.m.
Men (8K) – 10:15 a.m.
|Site:||Golden Gate Park|
|Course:||A 2K loop composed of grass and dirt trails
with gradual uphills and downhills