Hicks Named Women's Cross Country Most Valuable

    Jenna Hicks, who was San Jose State University’s top finisher in three of seven meets in the 2008 season, was named the Most valuable Runner at the annual cross country post-season awards banquet.

    The senior from Bakersfield, Calif., was the only Spartan to record three top-25 finishes during the season. She was 17th in the season-opening USF Invitational in San Francisco, ninth at the San Francisco State Invitational in October and concluded her career finishing 24th at the WAC Championship.

Nisha Richardson, a junior from Anaheim Hills, Calif., earned the team’s Spartan Award for academic excellence combined with outstanding performances in competition. Richardson was the team’s top finisher in the Spartans’ first two meets of 2008 with a 14th place at the USF Invitational and 30th at the Memphis Classic. Richardson’s 29th place finish at the WAC Championship was her best at the conference meet.

Freshmen Kate Lambdin and Beth Raymond shared the Newcomer Award. Lambdin, from South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) High posted top-30 finishes at the USF (26th) and San Francisco State Invitational meets (20th). Raymond from Washington High in Hayward, Calif., also recorded a pair of top-30 finishes in her first season with the Spartans. She was 27th at the Memphis Classic and 14th at the San Francisco State Invitational.

Mira Parfitt, a junior from Santa Barbara City College in her first season on the Spartans, received the Coaches’ Award.