CROSS COUNTRY: Spartans place fifth at Long Beach Invitational

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- San Jose State's men's and women's cross country teams both finished fifth in the team standings at the Long Beach Invitational, held Saturday (Oct. 7).

The Spartans scored 122 points in the men's meet and finished with 102 points in the women's meet. There were nine teams in the men's field and seven for the women's race.

Trevor Marca's 13th place finish led the San Jose State men's team. Every Spartan runner but one clocked their best time of the season for an 8,000 meter race.

Ana Martinez finished seventh to pace the women's team. It was her fifth top-10 finish in as many races this season. Janina Crain, Janette Najera and Janet Yiu all turned in their best 5K times of the year.

The Spartan men's and women's teams will compete in the Santa Clara Invitational this Saturday, Oct. 14. The meet begins at 9:00 a.m. in Belmont, Calif.

Long Beach Invitational

SJSU Men's Results

Pl. Name, Time
13. Trevor Marca, 25:53.72.
21. Matt Heard, 26:24.43.
26. Jesse McLeod, 26:32.55.
42. Eric Wackenstedt, 27:28.79.
47. Jason Blair, 27:47.80.
51. Brady Svilich, 27:57.73.
52. Robby Phillip, 28:00.24.
57. David Leon, 28:33.14.

Team scores -- FILA Track West 39, Utah 90, USC 106, Long Beach State 120, San Jose State 122, UNLV 145, Cal State Northridge 161, Santa Clara 166, Saint Mary's 194.

SJSU Women's Results

Pl. Name, Time
7. Ana Martinez, 18:26.16
17. Janina Crain, 18:59.90
31. Johanna Ballentine, 20:02.79
36. Janette Najera, 20:13.65.
38. Rebekah Harmer, 20:19.29.
39. Megan Stone, 20:25.69.
42. Laurel Stender, 20:32.93.
53. Janet Yiu, 21:03.36.
57. Kim Nebecker, 21:18.46.
62. Christa Huffman, 21:27.56.
75. Ginny Greene, 22:23:03.

Team scores -- Utah 22, Long Beach State 81, Santa Clara 89, Men of Troy 93, San Jose State 107, Cal State Northridge 166, Saint Mary's 170.