Martinez, Marca pace Spartan runners at Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ana Martinez finished third with a career-best time in the 5K and Trevor Marca turned in a strong fourth-place finish to lead the San Jose State University cross country teams at the Sacramento State Invitational today (Saturday).

Martinez recorded a time of 18:08 in the women's race. Marca's time in the men's four mile race was 20:36.

The Spartan women's team placed third in the meet with 74 points. The SJSU men's team finished fourth with 80 points, just 20 points out of second place.

Spartan head coach Augie Argabright agreed the women's team ran well. "I think they did, particularly Ana Martinez," he said. "I thought they (the first five) ran exceptionally well."

Janina Crain was the second SJSU runner to cross the finish line in the women's race. She finished 11th overall in 19:10. "Janina ran pretty well," Argabright said.

Johanna Ballentine came in 19th in 19:31 and Megan Stone finished 20th in 19:35. Laurel Stender completed the scoring for San Jose State, placing 21st in 19:46.

Argabright was also happy with his men's team. "This is the best men's team since we started the program again four years ago. We ran against some good teams today."

Argabright noted that the competition include two nationally-ranked teams, including Stanford, the top-ranked team in both the men's and women's rankings.

Matt Heard finished 14th overall in 21:10. Jessie McLeod placed 20th in 21:35 and Will Crain finished 21st in 21:42. Eric Wackenstedt completed SJSU's scoring, placing 24th in 22:06.

The next competiton for the Spartan men's and women's teams is Saturday, Sept. 9 at the USF Invitational in San Francisco. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12 noon at Golden Gate Park.

SJSU Men's Results (four miles)

4. Trevor Marca, 20:36.
14. Matt Heard, 21:10.
20. Jessie McLeod, 21:35.
21. Will Crain, 21:42.
24. Eric Wackenstedt, 22:06.
26. Jason Blair, 22:28.
27. Bobby Phillip, 22:35.
29. David Leon, 22:56.
31. Brad Svilich, 23:01.

Team Scores - Stanford 20, California 61, Sacramento State 76, San Jose State 80.

SJSU Women's Results (5K)

3. Ana Martinez, 18:08.
11. Janina Crain, 19:10.
19. Johanna Ballentine, 19:31.
20. Megan Stone, 19:35.
21. Laurel Stender, 19:46.
23. Rebekah Harmer, 19:47.
35. Kim Nebeker, 21:16.
37. Janette Najera, 21:21.
40. Janet Yiu, 21:41.
48. Fidela Costales, 25:59.

Team Scores - Stanford 21, Sacramento State 66, San Jose State 74, Nevada 89, California 129.