Spartans Eighth At Willamette Invitational

The San Jose State women's cross country team finished in eighth place out of 16 teams at the 2011 Willamette Invitational on October 1 in Salem, Ore.

Aylin Mejia was the Spartans' highest finisher coming in 24th place in the field of 175. She finished the 5K course in 18:29.99 and notched her third consecutive race with a top-25 finish.

Elizabeth Raymond was next for San Jose State, coming in 33rd place and running the course in 18:39.59.

Megan Arias in 50th place (18:51.47), Kate Lambdin in 56th (18:57.33) and Rebecca Garcia in 58th (18:59.78) rounded out the top-five for the Spartans.

"Our goal is to improve each and every week," said San Jose State head coach Augie Argabright. "The team result may not show it but we certainly got faster this week. We're happy about that. "

Chico State with three runners in the top-five took first place in team results with a score of 43. Alia Gray from Chico State was the individual winner with a time of 17:50.55.

San Jose State has a quick turnaround and will compete in the Gator Invitational in San Francisco, Calif., this Friday, October 7.

Team Results:
1. Chico State   43
2. Santa Clara   72
3. Portland  85
4. Lewis and Clark 125
5. Cal Baptist  174
6. Seattle Pacific 175
7. Whitman  193
8. San Jose State 199
9. Willamette  203
10. Linfield  269
11. Northwest Nazarene 324
12. Whitworth  326
13. UC Santa Cruz 352
14. Pacific Lutheran 385
15. Puget Sound  388
16. Central Washington 457

SJSU Results:
 24 Mejia, Aylin        18:29.99   24
 33 Raymond, Beth       18:39.59   33 
 50 Arias, Megan        18:51.47   44
 56 Lambdin, Kate       18:57.33   48
 58 Garcia, Rebecca   18:59.78   50
 80 Smith, Victoria     19:19.28   71
100 Buckley, Marissa    19:45.66   83
115 Seda, Alex          20:06.47    

Top Five Finishers:
1 Alia Gray                   Chico State               17:50.55    1            
2 Amy Schnittger              Chico State           17:52.45    2            
3 Illana Livstrom             Lewis & Clark            17:56.79    3            
4 Emily Thomas                Lewis & Clark          18:10.81    4            
5 Katie Spencer               Chico State            18:15.76    5