Stanford, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s cross country team placed two runners in the top-20 at the 5K Stanford Invitational on Saturday, September 30.
Even though the Stanford Invitational is a non-scoring team event, the Spartan women continued their strong start of the 2006 season in the individual competition. With a time of 19:53, Jenna Hicks finished in 12th place, her best finish as a Spartan. Laura Fairley rounded out the top 20 with a time of 20:25. This was Fairley’s second top-20 finish at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 18th place in 2005.
Lindsay Bryant ran a season-best time of 21:26 to take 35th place, the best place-finish of her Spartan career.
The Spartan newcomers continue to make strides in every race, led by Suzanne Hancock, who came in with a time of 21:05 for a 30th place finish, her best of 2006. Kathryn Dutcher also had her best place-finish after taking 39th place with a time of 21:38, while Lindsay Briner finished with a time of 21:35, to take 38th place, also a personal best.
The Spartans' next race will be the San Francisco State University Gator Invitational in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, October 7.
Top finishers: 1. Amber Steen-Moore (Unattached) 18:05. 2. Anastasia Gorskaya (Alliant) 19:11. 3. Anna Wheatley (Santa Clara) 19:24. 4. Kellie Stephens (Chico State) 19:30. 5. Aly Erickson-Wayman (Santa Clara) 19:38.
SJSU finishers: 12. Jenna Hicks, 19:53. 20. Laura Fairley, 20:25. 30. Suzanne Hancock, 21:05. 35. Lindsay Bryant, 21:26. 38. Lindsay Briner, 21:35. 39. Kathryn Dutcher, 21:38. 40. Victoria Chavez, 21:40. 44. Erica Elias, 22:05. 63. Jennifer Kocisko, 25:50.