March 12, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Shannon Bell returned from a 15-month lay-off to place second in the 5,000-meters as the Santa Clara outdoor track teams opened their inaugural 2005 season on Saturday at the Aggie Track & Field Classic in Davis, Calif.
In the first race of the day for the Broncos, Bell posted the best finish of the day as three Broncos posted top-10 performances. She placed second in the 5,000-meters with a time of 18:11.46. Bell, who redshirted the 2004 cross country season due to injury, was joined in the top-10 by Jessica Baldwin-Philippi and Kiley Strong. Baldwin-Philippi was seventh in a time of 18:51.20, while Strong was ninth in a time of 19:06.71.
The 1,500-meters was up next for the Bronco women as newcomer Andrea Roosen and cross country veteran Kristen Morse took to the oval. Roosen placed 19th in a time of 5:21.10, while Morse was 21st with a time of 5:22.86.
The Bronco men saw their first action of the day in the 1,500-meters at 12:50 p.m. The race proved to be the most successful of the meet for SCU with four top-10 finishers. Chris Furnari led the way for SCU with a sixth-place finish. He posted a 1,500-meter time of 4:07.01.
Santa Clara claimed spots 8-11 in the men's 1,500-meters as Michael Delaurenti placed eighth in a time of 4:08.08. Taylor Graham was right behind him with a ninth-place finish at 4:08.40. John Paul Thyken followed Graham in 10th in a time of 4:09.11. Chris Doerhoff posted a 4:10.60 to finish 11th.
Michael Hannon saw his first action as a Bronco in the 1,500-meters. He placed 19th with a time of 4:18.64. Nick Arcelona rounded out the seven Bronco runners in the race with a 4:20.11 to finish 24th.
The women returned to the track at 1:35 p.m. in the 400-meter dash. The race marked the shortest event for both teams. Newcomer Julie Erickson led SCU with a 12th-place finish and a time of 1:05.12. Cross country veteran Carrie Pogorelc placed 15th in a time of 1:06.55. Another pair of newcomers rounded out the Broncos in the 400-meters as Caitlin O'Keefe and Jeannette Cole placed 18th and 19th, respectively.
Roosen was SCU's only entry in the women's 800-meters. She placed 18th in a time of 2:45.84.
Five Bronco men took to the track for the 800-meters. Graham returned after a 10th-place finish in the 1,500-meters to post an eighth-place finish in the 800-meters. He ran a time of 2:02.23. Fellow Bronco Daniel Bettencourt was not even a second behind Graham, finishing ninth in a time of 2:02.77. Delaurenti and Doerhoff both ran their second race of the day in the 800-meters to finish 18th and 19th, respectively. Charles Flexman saw his first action of the day, placing 20th in a time of 2:08.07.
A pair of freshman led the Bronco charge in the women's 3.00-meters. Ann Thomas was the top Bronco finisher in 14th with a time of 11:05.66. Adriane Puetz placed 18th in a time of 11:31.50. Cross country veterans Erin Davis and Lauren Verrilli both competed in the 3,000-meters. Davis placed 23rd in a time of 11:55.35, while Verrilli was 25th in a time of 12:04.58.
Two Bronco men raced in the longest event of the day, the 5,000-meters. Christen Gumbs was SCU's top finisher with a time of 16:13.42 to place 20th. Andrew Blumel finished 23rd with a time of 16:18.68.
The 4x400 relays concluded the meet as the women took to the track first. The Broncos placed sixth with a time of 4:25.70. The SCU men's A team placed 11th in a time of 3:40.65, while the B team was 12th at 3:40.19.
The Bronco outdoor track programs will return to action on Friday, March 18 when they head to the Bay Area Blast-Off in Berkeley, Calif. The meet will take place over two days on the campus of the University of California.