Bronco Harriers To Compete In Aggie Open

Sept. 11, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's and women's cross country teams return to action Saturday morning at the 33rd annual Aggie Open, hosted by UC Davis.

The women's race begins at 9 a.m., while the men's race is scheduled for a 9:45 a.m. start.

The Bronco women are coming off a strong second-place showing at the Bronco Invitational two weeks ago at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course. Three Bronco freshmen finished among the top five runners for the Broncos as the squad finished behind last year's NCAA runners-up Stanford in the team race.

The Santa Clara women were led individually by a sixth-place finish by freshman Shannon Bell. The younger sister of junior Robin Bell, the Spokane, Wash. native bolted out of the blocks to record a time of 18:34.2 in her first collegiate race. Fellow freshman Lauren Swigart finished eighth with a time of 18:39.4 and Robin Bell finished 10th with a time of 18:55.2 to give the Broncos three runners in the top 10 in the race. Junior Milena Basile finished 13th in a time of 19:05.4, while freshman Blossom Marimpietri crossed the tape in 17th with a time of 19:24.6.

John Maloney's men's squad, overcoming the loss of three of its top five runners from a year ago, finished fourth in the eight-team men's 8,000-meter race. The Bronco men placed four runners between 17th and 28th places, paced by senior Benjamin Gauen's 17th-place effort in an 8,000-meter time of 27:14.9. Sophomore Chris Doerhoff knocked :25 seconds off last year's time at the Bronco Invitational to finish 18th overall in a time of 27:19.1. Fellow sophomore John Hinman was 21st in 27:35.8, while Ricky Brackett and Michael Neumann rounded out the scoring for the Broncos.

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Driving Directions to Aggie Open
From Interstate 80, take Hwy. 113 North. Exit at Hutchison Rd. (the first exit), curve right on to Hutchison Rd. At the first stoplight at the corner of Hutchison Rd. and LaRue Ave., you will see the large field that is the start/finish area. Turn left onto LaRue: the first building on the right is Recreation Hall, where parking, restrooms, and showers are available.