Oct. 6, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's Mission Harries ran their best race of the year Saturday morning at the Bronco Invitational at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. The men's team finished first, while the women's team finished second at their only home event of the year.
Head coach John Maloney and his squad narrowly edged out San Jose State by only four points to stake claim the first place finish. Thomas Chapman was the top finisher for the Broncos with a personal record on the course of 25:50, just three seconds behind Roberto Lopez from Fresno Pacific.
"Overall, it was a good race for us today," said Maloney. "It was a big win over a quality San Jose State team that we will face again in the West Regional in Tucson."
The women ran their best race of the year, finishing second behind San Jose State. Jenny Smokey was the top Bronco finisher in third place, followed closely by Robin Bell and Milena Basile who finished fifth and seventh, respectively. Ana Martinez from San Jose State won the race in a time of 17:55, which was 37 seconds faster than Allegra Porter from Saint Mary's who finished second.
"I am very pleased with our results today with the type of training we are doing right now," said Santa Clara women's head coach Tom Service. "Our 1-4 runners today all set personal records by huge amounts today which is a good sign considering we have the West Coast Conference Championships on this course in three weeks."
The Mission Harriers will resume their schedule next week at the Mills Invitational in Oakland, Calif. The Broncos will then take the following weekend off before competing in the WCC Championships on October 27 in Belmont.
Click on final stats at the top of the page to view the team and individual results from the 2001 Bronco Invitational.