Women's Cross Country Finishes 11th At Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Ind. -- The San Jose State University women’s cross country team finished in 11th place in the 27-team Notre Dame Invitational. The Spartans placed two runners in the top-40 in one of the largest meets in the nation, which featured 54 schools, 15 ranked teams, and three races.

 

Running only six days after the 6K Pepperdine Invitational, the Spartans used a mixture of veteran leadership and promising youth to deal with the toughest stretch of the 2007 season.

 

The Spartans were led by Arely Marquez, who turned in a personal-best time of 18:30.00; the team’s second fastest time of 2007. Finishing 25th in her third intercollegiate race, the freshmen Marquez has finished in the top-25 in all of her races.

 

Erica Sahli finished in an unorthodox 39th place, due to a mid-race fall. Sahli was still able to finish strong with a time of 18:40.00 as the second Spartan finisher.

 

Jenna Hicks continued her strong season with a time of 19:06.00. Only 26 seconds off her career-best 5k time, Hicks has been the third Spartan finisher in two of the three races this season.

 

Joining Marquez, fellow freshman Jessica Gonzales set a new 5k career-best time of 19:22.00.

 

Marlene Elizalde (19:10.00) and Nisha Richardson (19:32.00), both broke the 20-minute barrier to finish 86th and 113th in the 213-runner “Gold” race.

Grand Valley State took the team competition, while Laura Rolf of Valparaiso took the individual competition with a time of 17:04.00.

 

The second half of the Spartan women’s cross country team will compete in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, September 29th.

 

Notre Dame Invitational

Notre Dame Golf Course, Notre Dame, Ind.

5k

 

Team scores: 1. Grand Valley State, 126. 2. Liberty University, 147. 3. Santa Clara University, 164. 4. Calvin College, 174. 5. Ball State University, 177. 6. Northwestern, 220. 7. Illinois State, 225. 8. Southern Illinois, 289. 9. Notre Dame, 298. 10. Windsor, 313. 11. SJSU, 325. 12. High Point, 332. 13. Northern Iowa, 340. 14. Indiana State, 348. 15. Kent State, 353. 16. U.S. Military Academy, 369. 17. Ohio State, 414. 18. Oakland, 455. 19. Valparaiso, 468. 20. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 485. 21. Anderson, 513. 22. Florida Atlantic, 555. 23. Indiana-Purdue, Indianapolis, 605. 24. Hillsdale College, 650. 25. Indiana-Purdue, Forth Worth, 667. 26. Youngstown State, 768. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 800.

 

Top Finishers: 1. Laura Rolf (Valparaiso) 17:04.00. 2. Ayla Mitchell (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) 17:50.00. 3. Zsanett Kis (High Point) 17:56.00. 4. Gwen Kemple (Anderson) 17:59.00. 5. Kali Burt (High Point) 18:01.00.

 

SJSU finishers: 25. Arely Marquez, 18:30.00. 39. Erica Sahli, 18:40.00. 78. Jenna Hicks, 19:06.00. 86. Marlene Elizalde, 19:10.00. 101. Jessica Gonzales, 19:22.00. 113. Nisha Richardson, 19:32.00. 170. Meaghan Vinton, 20:28.00. 180. Lauren Dubay, 20:44.00.