Spartan women finish third at WAC meet; three earn All-WAC honors

Fresno, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s cross country team took third place at the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, October 28. The Spartans placed three runners on the All-WAC team in the best performance by a Spartan cross country team in WAC Championship history.

The Spartans were led by Tiffany Hall, who finished in third place with a time of 17:49.30. Hall earned a first-team All-WAC selection, her second All-WAC honor as a Spartan. Hall became the third Spartan in women’s cross country history to be a first team All-WAC honoree. Dating back to 2005, Hall has finished in the top-three in eight of her past 10 races.

Erica Sahli finished in ninth place with a time of 18:10.70, to earn her second All-WAC second-team selection in her Spartan career. Dating back to 2005, Sahli has finished in the top-10 in eight of her past 11 races. Marlene Elizalde also had a strong performance, taking 14th place with a time of 18:21.10, a career best. Elizalde’s career-best performance resulted in a second-team All-WAC selection.

With three runners earning All-WAC distinction, the Spartan women have had five runners named to the All-WAC team in the past two seasons. Saturday’s performance was the first time the Spartans have had three runners named to the All-WAC team in the same season.

On the strong finishes by Hall, Sahli, and Elizalde, San Jose State head coach Augie Argabright said, “It was a great performance by all three runners. I am looking forward to seeing them run against the same teams at the NCAA Regionals in a couple of weeks. This was probably the best performance ever by a Spartan cross country team at the WAC Championship.”

The Spartan women finished 17 points behind winner Utah State, and 10 points behind Nevada, but held off defending champion Idaho, to take third place. Rhea Richter of Idaho won the individual competition in a time of 17:33.20.

The Spartans' next race will be the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, November 11, in Portland, Ore.


WAC Championships
Woodward Park, Fresno, Calif.

Team scores:
1. Utah State, 63. 2. Nevada, 70. 3. SJSU, 80. 4. Idaho, 91. 5. Fresno State, 109. 6. Boise State, 117. 7. New Mexico State 136. 8. Hawaii, 192. 9. Louisiana Tech, 288.

Top finishers: 1. Rhea Richter (Idaho) 17:33.20. 2. Charlotte Schonbeck (Nevada) 17:41.40. 3. Tiffany Hall (SJSU) 17:49.70. 4. Jennifer Twitchell (Utah State) 17:58.80. 5. Stacie Lifferth (Utah State) 18:00.20.

SJSU finishers:
3. Tiffany Hall, 17:49.70. 9. Erica Sahli, 18:10.70. 14. Marlene Elizalde, 18:21.10. 26. Tabitha Guzman, 18:55.80. 28. Allison Stiller, 18:59.00. 41. Annaliza Rizo, 19:35.40. 43. Jenna Hicks, 19:39.60. 46. Nisha Richardson, 19:43.80