Spartan Women Earn Two Rivalry Series Points at NCAA Regionals

Portland Ore. - The San Jose State University women’s cross country team concluded the 2006 season with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Regional 6K meet on Saturday, November 11. It was the best finish by a Spartan women’s team at the NCAA Regionals in school history. The Spartans also earned two points for San Jose State in the "Rivalry Series" by finishing five places ahead of Santa Clara.

The Spartans were led by Tiffany Hall’s time of 22:17.16, which resulted in a 29th-place finish. Hall, a two-time All WAC selection, was the top finisher of the four WAC schools. The senior co-captain finished ahead of the 2006 WAC "Female Runner of the Year," Idaho’s Rhea Richter, by 13.4 seconds. Erica Sahli finished 76th with a time of 23:16.28, while Marlene Elizalde finished in 23:28.20, to take 88th place.

Of the 30 teams trying to qualify for the NCAA Championships, four were nationally ranked, including the top team in the nation, Stanford University. On the record finish versus such tough competition, Spartan head coach Augie Argabright said, “It is unbelievable. It’s the best we have ever done in the regional meet and was the top performance of our season.” Argabright added, “We have runners who just seem to know how to race hard. They consistently run hard in every race.”

The Spartans also continued their success against Santa Clara in the annual all-sports "Rivalry Series" between the two schools. Women's cross country earned two points for San Jose State, marking the third consecutive year they finished ahead of the Broncos.

Stanford won the team and individual titles, led by Arianna Lambie’s 20:58.85 first-place finish.

Although Saturday’s race marked the end of the 2006 season, 2007 looks brighter than ever before. Of the seven runners from Saturday’s race, five are expected back in 2007. Argabright is optimistic about next season, saying, “We have great runners coming back, especially in Erica (Sahli) and Marlene (Elizalde), who were both All-WAC selections this year. I’m looking forward to continuing our success from 2006.”

NCAA Regionals
Blue Lake Park, Portland, Ore.

Team finishes:
1. Stanford, 42. 2. UC Santa Barbara, 72. 3. Arizona State, 83. 4. Washington, 140. 5. UCLA, 170. 6. Oregon, 177. 7. Portland, 256. 8. UC Irvine, 264. 9. Washington State, 275. 10. Arizona, 309. 11. UC Riverside, 323. 12. Long Beach State, 389. 13. Oregon State, 395. 14. Loyola Marymount, 416. 15. SJSU, 433. 16. USF, 443. 17. Cal State Fullerton, 474. 18. California, 486. 19. Cal Poly, 515. 20. Santa Clara, 532. 21. Eastern Washington, 550. 22. Idaho, 557. 23. Fresno State, 608. 24. Sacramento State, 636. 25. San Diego State, 712. 26. Hawaii, 745. 27. Pepperdine, 753. 28. San Diego, 831. 29. Pacific, 874. 30. UNLV, 882.

Top finishers:
1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:58.85. 2. Kathleen Trotter (Stanford) 21:12.19. 3. Laura Olvera (UC Irvine) 21:16.20. 4. Amanda Trotter (Stanford) 21:16.88. 5. Lauren Christman (UC Santa Barbara) 21:17.50.

SJSU finishers:
29. Tiffany Hall, 22:17.16. 76. Erica Sahli, 23:16.28. 88. Marlene Elizalde, 23:28.20. 127. Tabitha Guzman, 24:00.51. 129. Allison Stiller, 24:01.46. 169. Annaliza Rizo, 25:15.62. 172. Jenna Hicks, 25:21.80.