The Mission Harriers came back from Sacramento with a strong performance and a challenge for their future goals. Redshirt senior Mike Helms won the open meet and Thomas Chapman, second to Helms, won the collegiate section. The Broncos narrowly edged Sacramento State as they took second behind a team from California. WCC foes St. Mary's and USF finished well behind the Mission Harriers as the Bronco top seven finished ahead of the number one runner from both schools. The Broncos were pleased with finishing ahead of the host Hornets, but disappointed in the gap from their top runners back to their third runner. The gap is the challenge for the Broncos in order to be competitive by the end of the season.
The race went out at a relaxed pace with the first mile being the slowest for Mike Helms. Helms hung back in the lead pack for the first half of the race and made a move in the third mile to take the lead. He widened it all the way to the finish. Thomas Chapman ran in the front of the pack and began wearing down the rest of the field over the last two miles. Thomas gapped teammate Ben Gauen and California's Martin Conrad, who battled for third place. Ben got caught behind Conrad in the last 300 meters where no room for passing existed. Ben could not outsprint him when the path opened up in the last 100 meters.
Mike Richmond and Devlin Croal finished 3-4 for the Mission Harriers. Both Broncos showed their improvement as they ran in the second ten runners last season. Mike and Devlin ran together for the first half and Mike then pulled ahead in the third mile and kept the gap until the finish. In a flurry at the finish line, Rickey Brackett outsprinted Heath Packard for the fifth spot on the team. Both Broncos got by Stephen Moore in the last 400 meters. Stephen faded badly in the race, but optimism for a turnaround exists for Stephen as he has been in the top three on the team during training runs.
Kevin Edwards ran a consistently paced race and was led out by Michael Neumann. Michael cramped badly after three miles when Kevin sailed by. Dominic Guidera and Tim Kalmer both competed in their first collegiate meet and and aim to break thirty minutes in the next race. Toby Lopez, redshirt senior, finished out the Bronco contingent.
The Broncos head to UC Davis in two weeks when they will see the same schools again. The Mission Harriers are aiming to improve their team performance and get pulled to faster times.
California State University - Sacramento Cross Country Invitational
Men's Team Results 1. California 2 4 5 6 14 (15) = 31 2. Santa Clara 1 3 11 12 16 (17) (19) = 43 3. Sacramento State 7 8 9 10 13 (18) (22) = 47 4. San Francisco 21 23 25 27 30 (31) = 126 5. Saint Mary's 20 24 26 28 29 = 127
Men's Individual Results 1. Mike Helms, unattached 20:59 2. Thomas Chapman, Santa Clara 21:21 3. Benjamin Gauen, Santa Clara 21:24 4. Martin Conrad, California 21:24 5. Jake Mills, unattached 21:28 6. Adam Shaffer, California 21:29 7. John Burke, California 21:40 8. Tyler Noesen, California 21:41 9. Dustin Diaz, Sacramento State 21:43 10. Erik Mencarin, Sacramento State 21:50 11. Dustin Beachamp, Sacramento State 21:57 12. Mike Santarosa, Sacramento State 22:10 13. Mike Richmond, Santa Clara 22:24 14. Devlin Croal, Santa Clara 22:31 15. Cuco Chevez, Sacramento State 22:33 16. David Spence, California 22:34 17. Jeff Squires, California 22:37 18. Ricky Brackett, Santa Clara 22:45 19. Heath Packard, Santa Clara 22:46 20. Toney Elwell, Sacramento State 22:47 21. Stephen Moore, Santa Clara 22:57 22. Travis Biziorek, Saint Mary's 23:08 23. Thomas Revane, San Francisco 23:14 24. Kevin Edwards, Santa Clara 23:16 25. Howard Story, Sacramento State 23:32 26. Michael Newman, Santa Clara 23:32 27. Rudy Lastanon, San Francisco 23:35 28. Davin Fiese, Saint Mary's 23:40 29. Stuart Holleran, Sacramento State 23:57 30. Dominick Guidera, Santa Clara 24:07 31. Isaac Medrano, San Francisco 24:23 32. Mike Castello, unattached 24:29 33. Tim Kalmer, Santa Clara 24:36 34. Bobby McNeil, Sacramento State 24:52 35. Andy Harris, unattached 25:09 36. Anthony Holder, Saint Mary's 25:17 37. Rituhie Jon, San Francisco 25:19 38. Steven Gaitm, unattached 25:28 39. Toby Lopez, unattached 25:47 40. Blair Howard, Saint Mary's 26:23 41. Peter Steep, Saint Mary's 26:25 42. Dennis Annbro, San Francisco 27:20 43. Bob Seldner, unattached 28:00 44. James Wade, San Francisco 32:42