San Jose, Calif. -- The San José State University men’s and women’s cross country teams have a quick turnaround as they will compete at the Fresno State Invitational on Friday, September 11 after opening their season at the USF Invitational this past Saturday.
The Division 1 school field for the men’s 6K race includes: San José State, Stanford, Cal Poly, Sacramento State and host Fresno State featuring a lineup of Ben Branagh, Jannik Ernst, Josue Gonzalez, Craig Huff, Jose Piña, Raul Rodarte, Huruy Zeratsion.
For the women’s 4200m race, the Division 1 school field includes the same schools plus Cal State Bakersfield. The lineup will feature: Adilene Aldapa, Jennifer Beckingham, Ashley Cahalan, Melanie Fujiwara, Lalida Maokhamphiou, Karina Nunes, Diana Orozco.
Third-year coach Brad Wick is keying on a couple of improvements for the upcoming race.
“Things I’m looking for are certain individuals on the team making that next little jump. Maybe last week they couldn’t quite hang with a teammate and so maybe this week they can get up right next to them and finish with them. And also shortening our spread,” said Wick, in reference to the time spread between the lowest and the highest scorers. For the USF Invitational, the men’s spread was a minute twenty seconds and for the women, minute fifteen seconds.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Spartans last competed on September 5 in the University of San Francisco Invitational at Golden Gate Park. The men’s team finished second out of six Division 1 schools and the women were third out of six.
SOLID DEBUT FOR THE FIRST YEAR RUNNERS:
On the men’s side, freshman Jose Piña crossed the finish line in 14th place at the USF Invitational in his Spartan debut, which was the second best finish among the San José State men’s runners.
Transfer Raul Rodarte was the fourth scorer for the Spartans men finishing 30th.
On the women’s side, freshmen Adilene Aldapa and Ashley Cahalan finished 12th and 16th respectively in their Spartan debut for the second and third best finishers for the team.
LAST YEAR AT THE FRESNO STATE INVITATIONAL:
The men’s team finished third as Ben Branagh led the way by crossing the finish line second overall and first among the collegiate finishers in his best finish as a Spartan.
The women’s squad finished fourth as among the returnees, Jennifer Beckingham had the best finish at 17th.
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