Bronco Women Dominate at Chabot Distance Carnival

April 6, 2008

HAYWARD/PALO ALTO, Calif.- It was a busy weekend for the track team this past weekend, with the Broncos sending two runners to compete in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, and the rest of the team competing at the Chabot Distance Carnival in Hayward.

In Hayward, the Bronco women were unstoppable in the women's 1500 M, with a clean sweep of the top three finishes. Sophomore Stephanie Wilson took first in the event with a personal record of 4:47.89, with junior Noelle Lopez (4:48.92) and senior Danielle Miller (4:49.04) placing second and third respectively.

In the men's 1500 M, sophomores Alex Harkins and John Laughlin each broke their own personal records for the event, with times of 4:01.89 and 4:06.59. Freshman Robert Reid also had a third place finish in the men's 800 M with a time of 1:57.38.

Meanwhile at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Santa Clara was proudly represented by two veteran Broncos, senior Michael Delaurenti and junior Veronica Vazquez.

Delaurenti, who was coming off a big win at the Cal/Nevada Championships in the 3000 M steeplechase last weekend, broke his own SCU record time of 9:17.10 in the event. Despite the new record, Delaurenti was ten seconds away from the NCAA qualifying standard.

Half an hour later, Vazquez gave her all in the women's 5000 M heat, shattering her personal record by 16 seconds with a time of 17:24 despite running at an unfamiliar pace. En route to her new 5 K record, Vazquez also broke the SCU 3 K record, which was previously held by Shannon Bell at 10:27.12.

Head coach Tom Service was extremely proud of both of his runners, stating that "just to be invited to Stanford with so many other Division I schools is a real honor, and I could not be more proud of Mike and Veronica, they represented Santa Clara very well."

The Broncos will be competing in San Francisco at the Johnny Mathis Invitational on Saturday, April 12th. Some of the Bronco men will also be heading back up to Chico on Friday to compete in a meet there as well.