Cross Country/Track & Field

2011-12 Santa Clara Cross Country/Track News

June 26, 2012
Kriege Reflects on Freshmen Year
Despite suffering from an injury during training (hamstring), Bronco freshman Mary Kriege (MK) emerged as newcomer worth paying attention to this past season.

May 21, 2012
Seniors Reflect on Their Time at Santa Clara
With three weeks left in spring quarter, (SCB) sat down with four of the men’s and women’s distance runners to talk about their experience on the cross-country and track teams here at Santa Clara University.

May 14, 2012
Bronco Track Finishes Season Strong with Two School Records, Eight Personal Bests
Led by new school records in the women's 1500m and 10000m by two underclassmen, the Bronco track teams enjoyed a solid showing at the West Coast Invite on Saturday in Salem, Ore.

May 14, 2012
Wilder Enjoys Coaching and Running on the Mainland
Chantelle Wilder recently moved to California from Hawai’i to pursue a career in coaching cross country. Starting off coaching girls cross country at Los Gatos High School, Wilder is now in her second year of coaching at the collegiate level at Santa Clara University as an assistant coach with Bronco cross country and track. (SCU) sat down with Wilder to learn more about the history of her love for cross country and how she has demonstrated her enthusiasm in her coaching tactics with Bronco student-athletes. Wilder talks about how she thrived on the thrill of racing from a very young age, and shares how it has carried on throughout her education and onward into her career.

May 9, 2012
Bronco Track To Finish Season At West Coast Invite
Santa Clara's track teams will head north to Salem, Ore. this weekend to run in West Coast Invite, a meet co-hosted by Portland and Willamette University. It's the second year the meet has been in place with a number of West Coast Conference track teams and a few competitors from other universities attending as well. Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro (FM), finishing up his second season at the helm, spoke about the meet earlier this week and what this senior class has meant to the program.

May 7, 2012
Broncos Use Sac State Open As Tune-up For West Coast Invite
The Bronco track team traveled to Sacramento State for the Sac State Open on Saturday and due to strong winds the team ran more for the challenge of competition than times, but still racked up another couple personal bests as they prepare for the West Coast Invitational next weekend.

April 30, 2012
Shattering Two School Records and Posting Seven Personal Best, Bronco Track Has Big Weekend at Cal and Stanford
The Bronco track teams collected seven personal bests in addition to breaking two school records this past weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invite at Cal and the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite at Stanford. Sophomore Allie Sibole lowered the women's 1500m school record at Cal and senior Erin McCarthy lowered her own 800m record at Stanford.

April 25, 2012
Bronco Harrier Matt Wagner Closing Our Bronco Career Healthy
Though he earned a personal-best 4-mile time last fall, cross country senior Matthew Wagner (MW) battled injuries that limited him throughout the season. After taking some time to recover in the offseason, he is once again ready to race. With track season now underway, Wagner spoke with about his hopes for the team and his plans beyond graduation.

April 22, 2012
McCarthy Lowers 800m Record Again at UC Davis
After numerous races this season with temperatures in the 40's and rain, the Bronco track team was met with temps in the mid 90's at the Woody Wilson Invite hosted by UC Davis on Saturday - not ideal conditions for a distance runner.

April 19, 2012
Bronco Track Heads to Mt. Sac Relays and Woody Wilson Invite
The Santa Clara track team, which had last weekend off, will gear it up again full strength this weekend when it travels to the Mt. Sac Relays and the Woody Wilson Invite at UC Davis. Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro, whose men's cross country team led the department in grade point average for the Winter 2012 quarter (click here for release), talked on Thursday about what the team is looking for this week, the great weather in the Bay Area and Erin McCarthy's early success this season.

April 19, 2012
Bronco Track/Cross Country Lends A Hand to BAWSI Rollers Program
Leading the Broncos Athletics Department in grade point average quarter after quarter and running personal bests on a regular basis is nice, but it’s not enough for the Bronco men’s and women’s cross country teams. Following along with Santa Clara’s strong community service focus in the athletic department, both teams jumped on the bandwagon in March and had a fantastic time. The teams volunteered three Thursdays in March at Montague Elementary School in Santa Clara. The groups worked with the BAWSI Rollers Program at Montague.

April 18, 2012
Trade Your Bronco Colors for Green As We Celebrate Earth Day In Many Ways!
Santa Clara University Athletics and Recreation are gearing up for the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, Sun., April 22 with a number of active participants, including the Malley Center on the SCU campus. Just in time, the Malley Center's weight room is becoming a lot greener. In addition to Bronco volleyball player Megan Anders working as the SCU Sustainability intern (see article here), Bronco cross country runner Ezana Tesfu is the president of the SCU GREEN Club. With the hard work of Tesfu, the GREEN Club (which stands for Grass Roots Environmental Efforts Now) is hosting an Earth Day Festival on Fri., April 20 from 11 am – 2 pm on the Santa Clara Mall (between Benson and Kenna lawns) on the SCU campus. It's free and everyone is invited!

April 7, 2012
Track Teams Run Well At Stanford, SF State
The Bronco track teams hit the ground running this weekend when they ran at Stanford and at SF State after three weeks off due to finals and the Fresno State meet being cancelled due to bad weather. Both teams made the best of the time off and ran well Friday.

April 5, 2012
Bronco Track Travels to Stanford and SF State This Weekend
The Santa Clara track team will travel to Stanford and San Francisco State on Friday for track competition. Santa Clara will compete against six other West Coast Conference schools at the SF State Invitational.

April 3, 2012
Zhu Finishes Off Track Career On A High Note
In his fourth and final season with the Bronco cross country and track team, Richard Zhu (RS) has continued his ascent as one the squad’s most reliable contributors. The senior from Medford, Ore. rebounded from an off-season injury to regain his form in his senior year. With the track season in full swing, Zhu reflected on the positive carry-over from his strong cross country campaign, the bond between the men’s and women’s teams, his post-graduate plans and the Broncos’ key upcoming meets with (SCB).

March 26, 2012
McCarthy Sets School Record for 800m at Johnny Mathis Invitational
The Bronco track teams faced solid competition Saturday in San Francisco at the Johnny Mathis Invitational, while also dealing with temperatures in the mid 40's and steady rain. Senior Erin McCarthy crossed the 800m finish line in school-record time as well.

March 23, 2012
Bronco Track Travels to Johnny Mathis Invite Saturday After Finals
Santa Clara’s track team will travel a few miles up 280 North this Saturday to compete in the Johnny Mathis Invitational at San Francisco State. The Broncos took last weekend off to prepare for this week’s finals on the Mission campus.

March 14, 2012
Catching Up With Record-Breaking Bronco Runner Erin McCarthy
Senior Erin McCarthy (EM) talks with (SBC) and discusses what has contributed to her success as a runner, her favorite place to run and her pre-race routine.

March 12, 2012
McCarthy Sets School Record at 1500m
Sunny skies and warm temperatures met the Bronco track teams at UC Davis for the Aggie Open on Saturday. The men and women had some strong performances in the early season meet, highlighted by senior Erin McCarthy's new school record at 1500m.

March 9, 2012
Track to Compete at UC Davis This Weekend
Just two weeks into a fresh outdoor season with a number of personal bests under their belts, the Santa Clara track team travels to UC Davis on Saturday to compete in the Aggie Open.

March 5, 2012
Bronco Track Has Strong Showing to Open Outdoor Season
Great weather and good competition met the Bronco track teams Saturday at the Kim Dyust Invitational hosted by Cal State Stanislaus and the Broncos proved they were ready to get started fast this season. Erin McCarthy won the women's 800m in what could be considered her break-out race after missing last season with injury.

January 20, 2012
Bronco Cross Country Teams Lead The Way Again As Santa Clara Athletic Department Posts 3.0 + GPA For 14th Time In 15 Quarters
Santa Clara University’s student-athletes recorded a 3.04 grade point average (GPA) for the Fall 2011 quarter, topping 3.0 or better for the 14th time in 15 quarters. In addition 70 student-athletes achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher this quarter and 79 Bronco student-athletes have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. Santa Clara's cumulative GPA for its student-athletes is 3.022.

November 12, 2011
Men's Cross Country Runs To Program-Best Finish at NCAA West Regional Championship
Santa Clara’s men finished a program-best 13th at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Stanford. The women were 24t

November 11, 2011
Ready! Set! Go! Cross Country Psyched to Run at NCAA Regional Championships Saturday
With a berth to the NCAA Championship on the line, the Santa Clara cross country teams travel to the Stanford Golf Course to take part in the NCAA West Regional Championship on Sat., Nov. 12, hosted by Stanford University.

November 9, 2011
On the Run with Erin Hartwig
After two years of struggling through significant injuries, Erin Hartwig (EH) has taken advantage of a healthy junior year. With plenty of motivation and boosted confidence, Hartwig has stepped up and developed into a key contributor. (SCU) spoke with Hartwig about her excellent finish at the conference championships, her leadership role and how she is preparing for the NCAA West Regional being held this weekend at Stanford.

November 9, 2011
Learn How to Become a Better Runner From Peter Stephens
A native of San Jose’s Leigh High School, Peter Stephens (PS) is in his second season at Santa Clara University cross country/tack team. He earned a personal best in 5000m at Chico State Distance Carnival on April, 2011 with a time of 15:48:76. In his interview with (SCU), Stephens shares his passion and reveals the significant skills in a long distance running.

November 2, 2011
Grapes for Grads Coming Soon, Get Your Tickets Today!
Come help out a good cause while having fun with family and friends at Grapes for Grads! The Jesuit Community’s Scholarship Fund invites you to an afternoon of wine tasting and a silent auction on Saturday November 12th, 2011.

November 1, 2011
Seventeen Bronco Cross Country Runners Honored Academically By the WCC
Three Broncos were named to the 2011 First Team West Coast Conference Cross Country All-Academic team on Wednesday and eight Bronco men and six Bronco women made the Honorable Mention list. All-WCC runner Ben Demaree, Kevin Oliver and Mary Reynolds were named to the WCC All-Academic First Team.

October 29, 2011
Demaree and Reid All-WCC As Portland's Streak is Snapped at WCC Cross
With two Broncos garnering All-WCC honors at the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championship, the nation’s longest-running conference title streak was snapped at 32-straight titles when the No. 3 BYU men topped No. 10 Portland.

October 26, 2011
Kriege Exceeds Expectations
Finishing high school as one of the top local WCAL athletes, Bronco freshman Mary Kriege (MK) had high expectations coming to the Mission Campus. The runner has exceeded her potential her first year and placed highly in each race as one of the top seven Bronco women.

October 25, 2011
Harriers Prepare For WCC Cross Country Championship Saturday
The Bronco men’s and women’s cross country teams will run in the West Coast Conference Championship this weekend in Crystal Springs, Calif. The men’s 8K begins at 9 am and the women’s 6K begins at 9:45 am.

October 15, 2011
Santa Clara Cross Country Hosts Successful Bronco Invitational
Santa Clara hosted its annual Bronco Invitational on Saturday and the more than 800 runners were treated to ideal race conditions at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif.

October 12, 2011
Cross Country Hosts Bronco Invitational At Baylands Park Sat., Oct. 15: RESULTS HERE
Hosting more than 800 athletes with a number of nationally and regionally ranked teams competing from seven different states as far away as Maryland and Hawaii, the Santa Clara cross country teams host the Bronco Invitational on Sat., Oct. 15 at Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, Calif. Click here for the location.

October 9, 2011
Cross Country Competes in Gator Invitational
The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country teams competed Friday in Golden Gate Park at the Gator Invite hosted by San Francisco State. In favorable conditions, both teams had solid performances. The women placed 5th of 13 teams and the men placed 6th of 16. Host SF State won the men's title and WCC rival USF won the women's title.

October 3, 2011
Demaree Putting in the Mileage
Coming off a 10th place finish at the WCC Championships last season, sophomore Ben Demaree (BD) dedicated a large portion of his summer to training. With the 2011 season just underway, Demaree has already made an impact, dashing to a 17th place finish at the Stanford Invitational. Demaree filled (SCB) in on his summer, his favorite cross country course, and what lies ahead.

October 1, 2011
Women's Cross Country Finish As Runner-up in Oregon
The Bronco women’s cross country team finished as the runner-up at the Charles Bowles Invitational at Wilmette University in Oregon on Saturday. Chico State was the winner on both sides.

September 30, 2011
Bronco Harriers Run at adidas Notre Dame Invitational
With runners battling the toughest conditions all day, as temperatures dipped into the low 50’s with top gusts reaching 40 MPH or better, Santa Clara’s men’s cross country team finished 24th at the adidas Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. In addition to the rain and wind, due to severe rain in the area over the last week, the course was extremely wet, with soft spots throughout.

September 28, 2011
Turning It Up a Few Notches, Cross Country Teams Run in Oregon, Indiana This Weekend
The Santa Clara men’s and women’s cross country teams travel across state lines this weekend to compete. The women will travel up the road to Oregon where it will compete in the Charles Bowles Invitational in Willamette Invitational in Bush Park, Ore. The men will travel a bit farther to South Bend, Ind. for the adidas Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational where it will run with eight of the top 26 teams nationally. Prior to departing for the meets, visited with Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro (FM) to talk about the weekend, its results at Stanford last week and to look ahead to the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 15 at Baylands Regional Park.

September 24, 2011
Reid and Demaree Lead Cross Men to 8th Place Finish at Stanford Invitational, Women place 21st
The Bronco men's and women's teams competed well at the Stanford Invitational on a hot day at the Stanford Golf Course. The men's team had it's best finish in the history of the meet, placing 8th of 28 teams competing. The women's team placed 21st of 29 teams. Host Stanford took home both the men's and women's titles.

September 21, 2011
Cross Country Teams Head to Stanford Saturday
The Bronco cross country teams will race 20 of their most fit and healthy runners, 10 on each side, at the Stanford Invitational Sat., Sept. 24. The men’s race begins at 10:50 am and the women’s race will be held at 11:30 am after the high school race.

September 19, 2011
Parker Spends Summer Training, Volunteering in Kenya
Every Thanksgiving the Parker’s would take a trip down from the rain-drenched terrain of Seattle to the clear skies of Northern California to visit their relatives. And on every occasion, Carey Parker would accompany her father, Greg, when he ventured to his alma-mater, Santa Clara University.

September 14, 2011
McCarthy and Jones Discuss Senior Season
When arriving at Santa Clara as a freshman, you don’t listen to others when they say that “time flies” and to you senior year seems so far away. As the years quickly pass, student-athletes are eventually faced with their last and final season. For seniors Erin McCarthy (EM) and Austin Jones (AJ), they both will be finishing their cross country career after this fall season.

September 13, 2011
Seeing the World
Adapting to a new environment comes easily for Bronco distance runner Chris Sampson. Beginning his life in South Africa, Sampson would soon accompany his family on a worldly excursion due to his father’s profession. Hong Kong marked the next destination for the Sampson family, followed by Japan.

September 11, 2011
Harriers Run Well in Sacramento
The Santa Clara men's and women's cross country Teams both raced at the Hornet Jamboree hosted by Sac State Saturday morning with the men finishing fourth and the women finishing sixth.

September 8, 2011
Bronco Head Coach Felipe Montoro Talks About This Week's Race in Sacramento
Entering its second week of competition with a healthy team up and down the roster, the Santa Clara cross country team will run at the Hornet Jamboree in Sacramento Sat., Sept. 10.

September 3, 2011
Bronco Harriers Open Season at USF Invitational
The SCU cross country teams officially started its season on a foggy morning in Golden Gate Park. The women's team finished in fifth place and the men were sixth at the USF Invitational. Many of the top returners sat out the meet and continued to prepare for the rest of the season. Both the women's and men's teams will race next week at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational. However, the team's won't run at full strength until the Stanford Invitational on September 24th.

August 24, 2011
Reid Returns for Final Season
In four years at Santa Clara, red-shirt senior Robert Reid (RR) accomplished the remarkable feat of shattering the school record in the 800m not once, but twice. Now, he will make his final return for one last cross-country season before racing off into the ‘real world’.

August 24, 2011
Reid Picked Preseason All-WCC, Polls Announced
The Santa Clara men’s cross country team will head into the 2011 season ranked No. 4 in the West Coast Conference after receiving 40 votes in the WCC preseason poll. The 40 first place votes acquired by Santa Clara - 22 votes shy of No. 1 BYU – were the most in the program’s history.

August 2, 2011
On the Run with Matt Savage
Matt Savage (MS), a native of Concord, California and a De La Salle graduate, is a rising senior who is staying busy pursuing his running and career aspirations this summer. Savage, an English and Philosophy double major, achieved a 3.86 GPA while racing in the cross country postseason for the first time. Recently, (SCB) was able to talk with Savage about his summer plans, his dedication to academics and his favorite memory thus far from Santa Clara running.

June 30, 2011
Bronco Student-Athletes Record School Record 3.14 GPA For Spring 2011 Quarter
Recording the highest grade point average in Santa Clara history, Bronco student-athletes recorded a school record 3.14 gpa for the spring 2011 quarter. The previous high-water mark for the student-athletes one quarter gpa was 3.11 in the winter of 2009. In addition 92 student-athletes achieved a 3.5 GPA this quarter. Santa Clara's student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better 13 of the last 14 quarters. Santa Clara's cumulative gpa for its student-athletes is 3.097.

June 28, 2011
Nhunguyen Le Prepares for Senior Season
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Nhunguyen Le (NL) is looking forward to his senior season running for the Broncos. With the goal to set personal records this year, Le is training diligently this summer. Recently, (SCB) caught up with Le about his involvement in activities other than running at SCU, his adjustment to life in America and the highlight of his Bronco career thus far.

June 27, 2011
Student-Athletes Post Highest Single Quarter GPA in School History; Women's Cross Country Leads All with 3.557!
Recording the highest grade point average in Santa Clara history, Bronco student-athletes recorded a school record 3.1397 gpa for the spring 2011 quarter. The previous high-water mark for the student-athletes one quarter gpa was 3.11 in the winter of 2009. In addition 94 student-athletes achieved a 3.5 GPA this quarter. Santa Clara's student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better 13 of the last 14 quarters. Santa Clara's cumulative gpa for its student-athletes is 3.0987.

June 27, 2011
Stephanie Wilson named Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American
Recent Santa Clara graduate and Bronco cross-country All-American Stephanie Wilson has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-American Second Team for cross country and track and field. Wilson is the only WCC female athlete to receive this honor. Wilson graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English and an overall GPA of 3.904 on June 11.

June 20, 2011
Wilson, Oliver Honored
Santa Clara University’s cross-country track and team continues to be known as one of the highest academically-performing athletic programs with two recently honored nationally. On Thursday, senior Stephanie Wilson was named Capital One All-American First-Team All-District. Wilson is also receiving the Saint Clare Medal at Santa Clara’s graduation on June 11, which is given "to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University by the faculty and the provost."

June 17, 2011
Sibole Excels with Broncos
fter an excellent freshman year at Santa Clara University on and off the track, Allie Sibole is ready to continue her success in 2011-12.

June 16, 2011
Bronco Cross Country/Track Announce Class of 2015
The Santa Clara University cross country and track teams announced Friday the addition of 14 new student-athletes. Ten women and four men will be joining the Broncos in the fall of 2011. The new Bronco student-athletes come to SCU from as near by as Bellarmine Prep and as far away as Burlington, Wisc. Bryan Crook of Mountain View and Mary Kriege of Archbishop Mitty are featured in the photo.

June 10, 2011
Bronco runner Chris Mosier, SCU Student Body President, Earns WCC Post-Graduate Scholarship
Chris Mosier, the Santa Clara University Student Body President, cross country team captain, Ruff Rider enthusiast and frequent community service volunteer, recently was awarded the West Coast Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship.