Sept. 4, 2004
BELMONT, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's and women's cross country teams started their seasons off on the right track with each recording team victories in the annual Bronco Invitational at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course. The women finished ahead of Loyola Marymount and Fresno State, while the men bested Loyola Marymount on a warm morning in Belmont. "I am very pleased with the teams today," said head coach Tom Service. "These athletes have been training very hard ever since they got back to campus less than two weeks ago. We did not scale back the training at all, leading up to this race." Eight Bronco women placed in the top 15, while three finished in the top five. Sophomore transfer Jessica Baldwin-Philippi won the women's 5,000-meter race in a time of 19:26.68. Senior Robin Bell finished third in a time of 19:48.06. In her first collegiate meet, freshman Anne Thomas ran a time of 19:49.65 to place fourth. One of the seasoned veterans, Lauren Swigart finished eighth overall in 20:06.15. "On the women's side, they performed like the experienced team that they are," said Service. "They took a very veteran approach to the course and ran conservatively in hot conditions." The Bronco men also place eight in the top 15, along with two in the top five. Junior Chris Doerhoff was the top finisher for the Broncos, taking third-place overall in an 8,000-meter time of 27:37.15. Freshman Christen Gumbs also had a strong showing on the men's side, placing fourth in a time of 27:39.24. "For the men, it was nice to see a good mix of freshman and veterans perform well," said Service. "Any time both teams come out with a win in the first meet of the season, you have to feel good about that." Former Bronco Thomas Chapman, who ran unattached, won the 8,000-meter race in a time of 26:49.62. The top collegiate runner was Adam Bacon of Loyola Marymount, who finished second overall in 27:20.78. Both teams will return to action next weekend at the Fresno State Invitational at Woodside Park on Saturday, September 11.