Oct. 3, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's cross country teams will host the Bronco Invitational this Saturday at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. The Broncos will host Cal Lutheran, Fresno Pacific, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and San Jose State at the historic course located just east of I-280 in Belmont.
Santa Clara men's head coach John Maloney expects a good competition from all involved. "The level of runners at this meet will be very competitive," said Maloney. "I expect San Jose State to run better than the last time we saw them at the Aggie Invitational since they were running shorthanded. The results should be very close between SJSU, Fresno Pacific and ourselves."
Maloney can expect to be in the running for the top spot in the Broncos' own Invite with Thomas Chapman leading the way. Chapman was recently selected as the WCC Athlete of the Month for his first, fifth and 13th place finishes in the three events this year.
Tom Service leads his women's team into the event having performed well in their previous three meets. The women have finished first, third, and ninth thus far this year, with the win coming at the first race of the year in Sacramento, Calif. Jenny Smokey has been the top finisher for the Broncos in each meet, finishing third, 12th and 23rd.
Like the men's race, the women's race should come down to San Jose State, Fresno Pacific and Santa Clara. Fresno Pacific narrowly defeated SJSU at the Stanford Invite last week, while the Spartans edged the Broncos in the Aggie Invitational. Santa Clara hopes that their home course will provide an advantage in an effort to win their second Invite of the year.
The men's race will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the women's race, which is slated for a 9:45 a.m. start. Both races will be run on the historic Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif., which was developed by Bob Walsh in 1970. Walsh, who was the cross country coach for the College of San Mateo at the time, still voluntarily maintains the course in a meticulous manner. The course itself has "Top of the World" views that overlook the San Andreas fault zone and clear over to the East Bay.
Following the Bronco Invitational, the men's and women's teams will continue their seasons next weekend at the Mills Invitational in Oakland, Calif., hosted by Mills College. The Bronco and Mills Invites are the final preparations for the teams before heading into the WCC Championships on October 27.
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