Women's Cross Country Fifth at Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic

Memphis, Tenn. The San Jose State University women’s cross country team competed in their second meet of the season at the Mike Ross Soccer Complex on Saturday, September 13.

The Spartans finished in fifth place in a field of 36 teams in the women’s 5K race at the 6th Annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, the largest night-time cross country meet East of the Mississippi River.

Among the 275 competitors, the Spartan placed five runners in the top-50, led by freshman Beth Raymond who clocked the team’s fastest time and placed 27th overall with a 19:32.63.  Nisha Richardson, a junior, ran the second-quickest time for the Spartans and finished 30th overall with a time of 19:36.27.

Senior Jenna Hicks ran a 19:37.09, good for a 32nd place finish.  Jessica Gonzales, a sophomore finished 35th with a 19:42.19 clocking and sophomore Meaghan Vinton finished 48th in 20:04.28.

Freshman Kate Lambdin and Junior Suzanne Hancock just missed a top-50 result with a 20:06.51 for 51st place and a 20:09.41 for 52nd place respectively.  

Megan Arias, a freshman, placed 73rd with a 20:40.10 clocking.

The Spartans return to action at 4:00 p.m. on September 27, when they compete in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

6th Annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic
Mike Ross Soccer Complex, Memphis, Tenn.

Team Finishes: 1. University of Arkansas, 22; 2. University of Kentucky, 75; 3. University of Alabama-Birmingham, 119; 4. Eastern Kentucky University, 128; 5. San Jose State, 165.

Top Finishers: 1. Catherine White (University of Arkansas) 17:39.51; 2. Denise Bargiachi (University of Arkansas) 17:54.18; 3. Dacia Perkins (University of Arkansas) 17:54.65; 4. Whitney Kerth (Arkansas-Little Rock) 18:03.28; 5. Zamzam Sangua (Middle Tennessee State) 18:09.78.

San Jose State Finishers: 27. Beth Raymond, 19:32.63; 30. Nisha Richardson, 19:36.27; 32. Jenna Hicks, 19:37.09; 35. Jessica Gonzales, 19:42.19; 48. Meaghan Vinton, 20:04.28; 51. Kate Lambdin, 20:06.51; 52. Suzanne Hancock, 20:09.41; 73. Megan Arias, 20:40.10.