Stanford, Calif. -- The San Jose State women’s cross country team finished in sixth-place in the 10-team Stanford Invitational 4k race on September 29. The Spartans placed five runners in the top-60 in the 105-runner field.
With many of their fellow teammates still in travel from the Notre Dame Invitational the day before, the Spartans took to the course with eight runners, five of which are first-year Spartans.
The top runner for San Jose State was Annaliza Rizo (16:07.00), who finished in 39th place. It was the first time Rizo has been the top Spartan finisher. The sophomore’s previous top-team finish was a tie for second place with teammate Amanda Carlucci at the 2006 San Francisco State Gator Invitational.
The Spartan youth continued to shine with Jacqueline Turner’s time of 16:18.00, resulting in a 47th-place finish.
Running in her first 4k race in her four-year career, senior, Lindsay Bryant took 53rd with a time of 16:35.00. One second behind Bryant, Brook Lawrence followed in 54th place with a time of 16:36.00.
Vanessa Diaz rounded out the top-60 with a time of 16:56.00, while Morgan Hancock (17:05.00), sister Suzanne Hancock (17:33.00), and Rebecca Ulrich (18:12.00) all had quality showings in the first 4k race of the season.
Kristen Kolstad of Canada’s Simon Fraser University took the individual title with a time of 13:56.00. Simon Fraser also took the team title, followed by Azusa Pacific and Victoria.
After three races in a week, SJSU will take a much needed week off and return on October 13th for the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.
Team scores: 1. Simon Fraser, 73:27.00. 2. Azusa Pacific, 74:42.00. 3. Victoria, 75:28.00. 4. Sacramento State, 77:34.00. 5 San Francisco State, 81:04.00. 6. SJSU, 82:32.00. 7. Nebraska Wesleyan, 84:36.00. 8. Long Beach City College, 87:54.00. 9. Occidental, 94:16.00. 10. Shasta College, 99:02.00.
Top finishers: 1. Kristen Kolstad (Simon Fraser) 13:56.00. 2. Jacky Kipwambok (Azusa Pacific) 14:07. 3. Jamie Canterbury (Azusa Pacific) 14:12.00. 4. Claire Jean (Victoria) 14:17.00. 5. Jessica Smith (Simon Fraser) 14:35.00.
SJSU finishers: 39. Annaliza Rizo, 16:07.00. 47. Jacqueline Turner, 16:18.00. 53. Lindsay Bryant, 16:35.00. 54. Brooke Lawrence, 16:36.00. 60. Vanessa Diaz, 16:56.00. 63. Morgan Hancock, 17:05.00. 74. Suzanne Hancock, 17:33.00. 82. Rebecca Ulrich, 18:12.00.