Cross Country Squads Travel to Aggie Invitational

Sept. 19, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's and women's cross country squads will compete in their second meet of the year this Saturday when they race in the Aggie Invitational hosted by UC Davis. The Mission Harriers look to duplicate their stellar performance from the first meet in Sacramento where the women finished first and the men finished second.

After winning his first meet as a collegiate coach, Tom Service hopes his women's team can build on its early season success. "The competition should be outstanding with the likes of host school UC Davis, San Jose State, Sonoma State and various conference rivals and club teams," said Service. "I am hoping for another strong performance before we depart next week for the great Northwest and the Big Cross Invitational."

Service believes his squad will be led once again by all-league performer Jenny Smokey and teammate Andrea Gastelum, who were also teammates at Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada. Milena Basile and Robin Bell should also figure into the scoring for the Broncos. The team should also get a lift from junior Erin Skourtes who is making her season debut after being forced to miss the Sacramento Invitational with an injury.

The Bronco men, like the women, are coming off of a weeklong training camp in Santa Cruz, Calif. The men are looking to run well against regional competition such as Sacramento State and San Jose State, according to head coach John Maloney. Maloney believes that the results from the Aggie Invitational will give the Broncos an opportunity to compare times to its regional competition on other flat five-mile courses.

"We hope to run as well as we did in our first meet," said Maloney. "Thomas Chapman is running strong and Stephen Moore should rebound from a disappointing finish at Sacramento. With our minds on the loss of Santa Clara student Deora Bodley in the recent tragedies back east and the Wyoming cross country team's car accident," added Maloney, "it is a very trying time to be a Santa Clara harrier."

Following this weekend's race the Mission Harriers will continue their seasons at the Big Cross Invitational in Pascoe, Wash. next weekend. Santa Clara will then host the Bronco Invitational on October 6.