Women's Cross Coutnry Fourth at SF State Invite

San Francisco, Calif.---The San Jose State women's cross country team finished fourth out of 16 teams at the San Francisco State Invitational.

     The scorers for the Spartans: Nisha Richardson (19), Kate Lambdin (32), Arely Marquez (39), Meaghan Vinton (52), and Nadya Bishton (54), combined for a total score of 148.

     Senior Nisha Richardson was the first to cross the line for San Jose State, running the 6K course in 23:12.7. Behind Richardson, and coming in 32nd place was Kate Lambdin (23:38.4).

     "Nisha and Kate were both exptremly tough competitors for us in today's race.  I was proud of the way Nisha paced herself at the start and made a strong push at the end for a good finish," said head coach Augie Argabright.

     Arely Marquez (23:49.1), Meaghan Vinton (24:10.9), and Nadya Bishton (24:12.5), rounded out the final three scorers for San Jose State. Argabright commented on the way his women's team as a whole performed today, "This was another solid showing for our team with this top-five finish. We are very proud of the way the team competed in this event."

     The University of Alaska Anchorage placed three runners inside the top five in route to their first place finish with a score of 15. Jessica Pixler (20:36.4) of Seattle Pacific University took individual first place.

     San Jose State will now look ahead to competing in the Bronco Invitational in nearby Sunnyvale, California on October 17.

SJSU Results:
19. Nisha Richardson  23:12.7
32. Kate Lambdin  23:38.4
39. Arely Marquez  23:49.1
52. Meaghan Vinton  24:10.9
54. Nadya Bishton  24:12.5
57. Suzanne Hancock  24:17.1
77. Annaliza Rizo  24:34.7
80. Jessica Gonzales  24:40.8
83. Lauren Dubay  24:43.7
90. Victoria Smith  24:48.9
110. Sasha Martinez  25:38.6
129. Katie O'connell  26:46.0
138. Talia Gragert  27:47.6
142. Anna K Lutz  28:07.2
143. Morgan Hancock  28:08.0

Top Five Runners:
Jessica Pixler  Seattle Pacific University  20:36.4
Jane Larson  Seattle Pacific University  21:37.9
Ruth Keino  University of Alaska Anchorage 21:38.7
Hallidie Wilt  University of Alaska Anchorage 21:57.1
Shoshana Keegan University of Alaska Anchorage 22:02.8

Team Results:
1. University of Alaska Anchorage   15
2. Chico State    81
3. Santa Clara University   116
4. San Jose State   148
4. Western Oregon University   148
6. Humboldt State University   155
7. Cal State Stanislaus   169
8. UC Santa Cruz    175
9. Sonoma State University   233
10. San Francisco State University   241
11. Academy of Art    377
12. Pacific   390
13. CSU Monterey Bay   394
14. Pacific Union College   407
15. Notre Dame de Namur   454
16. Menlo College   466