May 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Santa Clara Bronco track program made their second trip north to the City, for the University of San Francisco Invitational last Saturday at Kezar Stadium. The Bronco women took a stab at winning the Distance Medley Relay, but fell short in their attempt. USF and Santa Clara ran neck and neck for the majority of the race, but lost contact over the last 400 meters. The Dons held a slight advantage after the opening 1200 meter leg, but Junior Carrie Pogorelc reeled in the leader with her quarter split of 61.23, overcoming a significant gap. Her leg gave freshman Veronica Vazquez a slight advantage at the start of the 800 leg. The Dons made a move to first at the 500 mark, and Vazquez responded, matching the Dons stride for stride for the remainder of the leg. At the final leg handoff, freshman Anna Wheatley sat apparently poised to kick in the win, but was unable to hang on over the last quarter of the 1600 meter leg. The Broncos effort earned them second place overall, in a time of 12:32.86. Sophomore Mike Hannon showed a big mark of improvement in the 1500 meter race with a new personal best of 4:03.53, good enough for fifth place. He chopped off nearly four seconds from his previous best set earlier in the year. Freshman Ben Snyder managed a personal best with a tenth place finish of 4:09.80. The result marked Snyder's first 1500 under the 4:10 mark. "I'm always excited when I see our athletes run personal records," said Assistant Coach Felipe Montoro. "But it's more exciting to see our athletes engage in the race and gut it out. Mike and Ben both did a great job at that today. They really knew when to gut it." Sophomore Chris Furnari took home third place in his 800 meter race. His time of 1:57.14 was two seconds off his school record set earlier in the season. Freshman Jay Cadwell, running in the second section of the 800 meter race, charged into the lead spot at the gun, and never relented his position with his second heat victory of the season. His time of 1:59.54 also earned him his first time under the two minute barrier. "After running relatively even 800's all year, Jay decided to take a shot at taking a big risk early, and hoping to see it pay off," said Montoro. "He opened with a 56 second quarter, and hung on for a heat win as well as a personal best. The risk certainly paid off for him." Sophomore AJ Blumel bettered his personal best and school record in the 10,000 meter race by nine seconds, running 33:25.88. His effort earned him second place overall after he fended off his coach, Montoro, over the last quarter. "I wasn't able to gut it quite like AJ did over the last mile of the race," said Montoro. A wave of Bronco women dominated the top half of the 400 meter race, with Wheatley taking home the win with a personal and school best of 1:00.51. Freshman Brittany Hodill followed in third with a 1:02.87, while sophomore Julie Erickson nipped at her heels in fourth with a 1:03.38. Junior Jesse Philippi took charge of her section of the 1500 meter race, bringing home the heat win with a time of 5:01.46. Freshman Whitney Porter finished seventh overall in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 18:28.78. The Bronco squads will close the books on their second track season this Friday at the Sacramento State Open.