Women's cross country finishes fourth, places three in top-25

San Francisco, Calif. Led by three runners in the top-25, the San Jose State University women’s cross country team finished in fourth place at the San Francisco State 6K Gator Invitational on Saturday, October 7.

Running without their two top runners, Tiffany Hall and Erica Sahli, the Spartans continued their strong season with impressive performances by three newcomers.

With a time of 23:46, Nisha Richardson’s eighth place-finish was her first top-10 finish as a Spartan. Annaliza Rizo finished in 13th place with a time of 23:52. This was Rizo’s best place-finish in her Spartan career, as well as the third time she has finished in the top-20 this season. Amanda Carlucci also had a strong showing, tying her best place-finish of 32nd, with a time of 24:11.

Victoria Chavez’s finished 66th, with a time of 26:25. It was the best place-finish for the second season runner.

With 112 points, the Spartans narrowly edged out Humboldt State by two points to take fourth overall. Dating back to the start of the 2005 season, the Spartans have finished in fourth place or higher in nine of their past 10 races.

Fresno State won the team competition with 48 points, followed by USF with 58 points, and San Francisco State with 93 points. Elizabeth Noey of USF won the individual competition with a time of 23:02.

Next up for San Jose State is the Santa Clara University Bronco Invitational on Saturday, October 14. Although the Spartans will be running against the Broncos in Santa Clara, the results will not count toward the official “Rivalry Series” between the schools.  The points will be determined on a neutral course, on Saturday, November 11, at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Portland, Ore

San Francisco State Gator Invitational
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Team scores: 1. Fresno State, 48. 2. San Francisco, 58. 3. San Francisco State, 93. 4. San Jose State, 112. 5. Humboldt State, 114. 6. Chico State, 139. 7. Saint Mary’s, 173. 8. Pacific, 201. 9. Sonoma State, 209. 10. Cal State Monterey Bay, 267.

Top finishers: 1. Elizabeth Noey (USF) 23:04. 2. Marissa McPhail (Fresno State) 23:07. 3. Zinzi Evans (Fresno State) 23:23. 4. Karrie Hagedorn (Saint Mary’s) 23:33. 5. Mary Verran (USF) 23:41.

SJSU finishers:
8. Nisha Richardson, 23:46. 13. Annaliza Rizo, 23:52. 22. Amanda Carlucci, 24:11. 32. Jenna Hicks, 24:29. 40. Laura Fairley, 24:48. 48. Suzanne Hancock, 25:13. 66. Victoria Chavez, 26:25. 68. Lindsay Briner, 26:35. 69. Lindsay Bryant, 26:48. 74. Erica Elias, 27:33.