Cross Country: Spartan men, women finish second at Santa Clara Invitational

BELMONT, Calif. -- San Jose State University's men's and women's cross country teams both finished second at the Santa Clara University Bronco Invitational, held Oct. 14.

The Spartan men's team scored 32 points to finish five points behind Santa Clara. In the women's race, San Jose State tallied 47 points. Gonzaga won the women's meet with 36 points.

"I thought we did as well as we could," Spartan coach Augie Argabright said. "It was a super effort by all of our athletes."

SJSU's Ana Martinez won the individual title in the women's meet, completing the 5,000 meter course in 18:39. Janina Crain came in third -- her best finish of the season -- in 19:05, and Laurel Stender placed 12th in 20:25.

Rebecka Harmer and Janette Najera completed the scoring for San Jose State. Harmer placed 15th in 20:31, with Najera ending up 16th in 20:32.

Trevor Marca and Matthew Heard both turned in their best finishes of the season to lead the men's squad. Marca placed third in the 8,000 meter race in 26:13, while Heard came in fourth in 26:42.

Will Crane finished ninth (27:37), Robby Phillip came in 10th (27:42) and Jason Blair placed 11th (27:43) to complete the Spartan scoring.

San Jose State's next competition is Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

Santa Clara Invitational

SJSU Men's Results (8,000 meters)

Place   Name			Time
3.      Trevor Marca		26:13
4.      Matt Heard		26:42
9.      Will Crane		27:37
10.     Robby Phillip		27:42
11.     Jason Blair		27:43
16.     Brady Svilich		28:18
18.     Erik Wackenstedt	28:27
24.     Jesse McLeod		29:15
27.     David Leon		29:21

Team scores -- Santa Clara 27, San Jose State 32, 
Saint Mary's 106, Gonzaga 107, Loyola Marymount 139, 
U. San Francisco 152.

SJSU Women's Results (5,000 meters)
Place   Name			Time
1.      Ana Martinez		18:39
3.      Janina Crain		19:05
12.     Laurel Stender		20:23
15.     Rebekah Harmer		20:31
16.     Janette Najera		20:32
23.     Megan Stone		20:44
24.     Kim Nebeker		20:47
32.     Janet Yiu		21:21
35.     Christina Huffman	21:31
44.     Ginny Greene		22:55
53.     Fidela Costales 	25:24
55.     Lidia Barbosa		30:12

Team scores - Gonzaga 36, San Jose State 47, 
Santa Clara 77, Saint Mary's 110, U. San Francisco 119, 
Loyola Marymount 137.