Women's cross country sixth at Notre Dame behind runner-up Hall

South Bend, Ind. - The San Jose State University women’s cross country team continued its hot start with a sixth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, September 29. The Spartans were led once again by Tiffany Hall, who finished second in a field of 188 runners, with a time of 17:39.

Hall, a 2005 All-WAC selection, has finished in the top 10 in eight of her past nine races. She finished just over one second shy of breaking her own school record, which she set at the USF Invitational to open the season.

On Hall’s second-place finish, head coach Augie Argabright said, “She did really well. From the sound of the gun, she was competing at her best.”

The Spartans also had a strong performance by Erica Sahli, who finished in 14th place in a time of 18:27. Dating back to the start of the 2005 season, Hall and Sahli, the team’s two co-captains, have finished the past nine races in which they have both competed, as the top two Spartan finishers.

The Spartans continued their strong start to the 2006 season, narrowly missing fifth place by three points to finish sixth out of 24 teams. Although the Spartans finished ahead of South Bay rival Santa Clara University for the second time this season, the points for the annual "Rivalry Series" will be determined at the Bronco Invitational on October 14.

Overall, Argabright was pleased with the performance of his team. “There was some really tough competition here, and I think we did well. We are showing improvement, and I’m excited that we finished ahead of a good team like Santa Clara."

2006 Notre Dame Invitational

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.



Team scores: 1. Indiana State, 123.  2. IPFW, 129.  3. Calvin College, 130.  4. Akron, 158.  5. Ball State, 161.  6. SJSU, 164.  7. Santa Clara, 168.  8. Miami University, 192.  9. Windsor, 194.  10. United States Military Academy, 288.  11. Tulane, 294.  12. Oakland University, 310.  13. Cincinnati, 315.  14. Anderson University, 320.  15. Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 363.  16. Gonzaga, 408.  17. Hillsdale College, 426.  18. Depaul, 466.  19. Northern Illinois, 470.  20. IUPUI, 574.  21. Wisconsin, Green Bay, 636.  22. Arkansas State, 641.  23. Youngstown State, 663.  24.  South Alabama, 721.


Top finishers:  1.  Jackie Malette (Windsor) 17:332. Tiffany Hall (SJSU) 17:39.  3. Laura Engle (Indiana State) 17:58.  4. Ashley Richey (IPFW) 18:02.  5. Sediah Erskine (Akron) 18:02.


San Jose State Finishers:  2. Tiffany Hall, 17:39.  14. Erica Sahli, 18:27.  35. Marlene Elizalde, 18:52.  44. Tabitha Guzman, 18:59.  74. Allison Stiller, 19:19.  113. Nisha Richardson, 19:52.  114. Annaliza Rizo, 19:52.