May 3, 2003
By John Maloney
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Mission Harriers concluded their spring season with numerous personal bests at the Sacramento State Spring Jamboree. The day was marked by cloudbursts of rain that missed the events that the Broncos competed. But, the conditions between the heavy rainfall provided a great racing climate. A make shift survivor-style camp made of old tarps did not survive the cloudburst which made for a soggy return back to the Mission Campus.
Cara Payne led a trio of Broncos as she hit a seasonal best in the 5000-meters. Cara charged out in a sub 6:00 first mile and held strong in the second mile. She ran the last mile tough but just came up short in breaking 19:00. Both Tara Rooney and Julianne Visbal ran similarly and narrowly missed their PR's. Katie Hansen, Robin Bell, and Milena Basile all hit PR's in the 1500-meters. Running in a crowded field for the second heat, the Bronco trio pushed the pace through the first half. Milena began dropping to the back of the lead pack while Robin pushed the pace. Katie came off the final turn to pull ahead of Robin in leading the Broncos across the finish line. Kiley Strong and Monica Tomich ran their first 1500-meters of the year and both ran strongly. Each hit pace though the first half, but came across the finish strong despite slowing in the last half. The PR trio came back for the 800-meters and showed fatigue from their earlier effort. Katie led the group through 300 meters and widened her gap to the finish. Robin and Milena battled neck and neck to the finish with Robin narrowly edging Milena.
The men's 1500-meters showcased the distance crew racing the event for the first time in the spring. In the second heat, Pat Green and Chris Doerhoff pushed the lead through the first 800 meters. John Paul Thyken fell behind the duo but began pushing after 600 meters and began closing on them. Kevin Edwards started strongly but fell off a pack after 600 meters. He struggled through the middle section of the race, but came back strongly at the finish. JP moved well in the last 500 meters to overtake Pat Green at 150 meters, but could not catch Doerhoff who led the Broncos in their heat. In the first heat, Ricky Brackett and Bryan Lorentz hit seasonal bests. Ricky fell off the leader's pace after 600 meters which gave Bryan an opportunity to reel him in with 200 meters to go. Both were passed by Charlie Serrano of Chico State, who dueled Ricky last week in the 5000m at the Chico Invite. In the final straight, Ricky responded to pass Charlie, but failed to hold off a fast charging Bryan at the line. Santa Clara alum Michael Helms (CJ Wanesta) narrowly defeated Ricky and Bryan at the line. In the 800-meters, Michael Wall, running unattached, ran his best race of his Santa Clara career. Aiming to break 2:00, Mike got off to a slower start than he wanted, but rolled the field over the last lap and won his heat going away. Dominic Guidera hit a seasonal best in 5000-meters while on pace for his PR through 3200 meters. Lastly, a Bronco quartet of Bryan Lorentz (54.2), Chris Doerhoff (56.8), Pat Green (57.8), and Ricky Brackett (55.7) finished off the season in a 4X400 relay.
Santa Clara Results
6. Dominic Guidera, 17:37.84
Men's 4x400-meter Relay
3. Santa Clara, 3:44.00