Oct. 16, 2004
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country teams continued to perform well as each squad competed at the VS Athletics/Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday morning at the Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The Bronco women placed seventh out of 11 teams at Cal Poly, while the SCU men finished sixth out of nine squads. UC Irvine won the women's competition, while the host Mustangs claimed the men's race.
Katie Hansen was the top Bronco finisher for the first time in 2004, as she placed 22nd. The senior from Lake Forest, Calif. posted a 5,000-meter time of 19:02.5.
Four Broncos, including Hansen, finished in the top-50. Kiley Strong posted a 5K mark of 19:23 to place 30th. Robin Bell and Ann Thomas crossed the finish line together as they finished 32nd and 33rd, respectively. Bell ran a time of 19:26.2, while Thomas finished in a time of 19:26.7. Blossom Marimpietri rounded out the SCU scorers, placing 54th with a time of 19:56.3.
On the men's side, freshman Michael Delaurenti continued to impress in his first collegiate season. The South San Francisco native was the Bronco's top finisher as he placed 18th in a 8,000-meter time of 27:19.5.
All five Santa Clara scorers placed in the top-50. Junior Chris Doerhoff finished 25th in a 8K mark of 27:33.1. Sophomore Taylor Graham ran a time of 28:02.1 to place 34th, while Andrew Blumel finished 39th in a time of 28:19. John Paul Thyken placed 41st to round out the SCU scorers with a time of 28:28.8.
SCU will return to competition and the Bay Area next Saturday, when the combined program races at the Shoreline Invitational in Mountain View, Calif.