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 24th

No. 6 Stanford's men won the West Regional by topping WCC member No. 8 Portland by three points, 50-53.  No. 6 Washington won the women's West Regional in a romp.

The men finished as the second-best WCC team behind Portland in the West Regional.  Robbie Reid was top Bronco finisher in his final race for Santa Clara, finishing at 30:29 for 47th place in the 10K.  Sophomore Ben Demaree was 65th at 30:51.  Senior Austin Jones was 75th at 31:02, junior Kevin Oliver was 87th at 31:14 and sophomore Moises Venegas rounded out the scoring in 132nd place at 32:15.  The top four men's finishers topped Reid's former 10K school record of 31:17 set in 2008.  Senior Richard Zhu finished 144th at 32:47 and junior Marcos Hinojosa was 156th at 34:09.

"I am extremely pleased with the men's performance," said Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro.  "I am bummed Robbie didn't finish as high as he wanted, but I am really proud of everything he has done for the program. Today he ran a phenomenal race in the most competitive region in the country.  Very proud of Austin Jones who ran the best race of his Bronco career to close out his cross country career. Ben was solid and Kevin Oliver really stepped up and had the best race of his career as well.  For us to finish 13th in this field, a new school best, is really encouraging for the coming years of Bronco cross country."

The men's previous best was the 2002 teams' 14th place finish.

On the women's side freshman Mary Kreige led the Broncos in 99th place at 22:12 in the 6K.  Junior Carey Parker was 146th at 22:52.  Freshman Kelly Ryan was 150th at 22:55, junior Erin Hartwig was fourth for SCU at 23:07 in 165th place and senior Nicole Giove rounded out the Broncos scoring in 168th place at 23:13.  Hayley Ney finished in 181st place at 23:38.

"We accomplished our goals of bettering our time from the Stanford Invitational and beating San Diego, who just nipped us at the conference meet," added Montoro.  "Mary Kreige was once again our top runner, running 22:12, which is really outstanding for a freshman in this tough field.  The future looks bright as we had two freshmen in the top three and we return all but our fifth scorer of the women who competed."