SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara cross country will race in its own backyard for the only time this season Saturday morning as host of the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Park. There are two invitational races and two open races, with an 8k distance for the men and a 6k distance for the women.
The Broncos have raced in five events on the season, and Saturday's competition is the team's last race before the West Coast Conference Championship. The team had 25 runners set collegiate personal bests at last year's Bronco Invite.
"We are looking forward to another great edition of the Bronco Invite," head coach Felipe Montoro said. "It is a great opportunity for us to compete in front of our alumni, parents and campus supporters against quality competition from many regions."
Santa Clara fields a portion of the 900 total entries for the meet. There are 13 regionally ranked teams (USTFCCCA) between the men's and women's invitational races.
"Saturday also represents our final opportunity to prepare in a race environment for the championship portion of our season," Montoro said. "Both teams have made significant progress in the last two weeks, and I am anticipating great performances from our student athletes on our home course."
MEET DETAILS (Click for more information)
SCHEDULE AND BRONCO ENTRIES
Men's 8k Invitational – 9 a.m.
Unattached: Joey Berriatua
Greenough posted Santa Clara's fastest time at the USF Invitational and Chile Pepper Festival. He finished third among all Broncos and took 32nd overall at last year's Invitational race during the Bronco Invite. Boyden led the Broncos at this year's Speedway Duals.
Women's 6k Invitational – 9:45 a.m.
Julia Wood topped the Broncos at the USF Invitational. Heather LaPlante has posted Santa Clara's fastest time in their last two major races — the Speedway Duals and the Chile Pepper Festival. At last year's Bronco Invite, LaPlante took third among her teammates and 53rd overall.
Men's 8k Open – 10:30 a.m.
Women's 6k Open – 11:15 a.m.
Unattached: Khiely Jackson
DIVISION I PROGRAMS IN INVITATIONAL RACES (Regional rankings in parentheses)
Men: Cal (8 – West), Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico State (15 – Mountain), Northern Colorado, Pepperdine, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Jose State (14 – West), Santa Clara, Southern Utah (6 – Mountain), Saint Mary's (15 – West), Texas Tech (10 – Mountain), UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara (13 – West), UCLA (5 – West), UTSA
Women: Cal (9 – West), Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount (15 – West), New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah (13 – Mountain), Saint Mary's, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara (13 – West), UCLA (7 – West), UNLV, UTSA
Baylands Park Address: 999 E Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Parking is $6 per car and $20 per bus in the Baylands Park lot. Those attending are encouraged to park in the Baylands lot, not in a lot for any of the local businesses near the park. There is no credential required for team staff members or media.
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