Berriatua Wins 1500m, Track and Field Turns in Good Races at Bulldog Invitational

Joey Berriatua's 1500m 3:52.72 bested the field on Saturday at the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational.
Joey Berriatua's 1500m 3:52.72 bested the field on Saturday at the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational.

CLOVIS, Calif. — Santa Clara track and field's Joey Berriatua produced a strong 1500m season debut Saturday. The San Mateo, California native scored his second career victory with a 3:52.72 as part of the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Berriatua now owns 12 top-five finishes on the track in three seasons.

Jack Davidson, fresh off setting the 5000m school record at the Mt. SAC Relays, made his collegiate debut at 1500m and took fourth place with a 3:54.80.

Bevin McCullough posted her second-fastest 1500m mark (4:53.25) in her eighth race at that distance as a Bronco. Marisa Sanchez, who took to the college track for the first time last week, placed fourth in her 1500m section with a 4:57.97, which was more than six seconds faster compared to her race last weekend at the Woody Wilson Classic.

Greer Chrisman and Hannah Wood each had a top-10 effort for the Broncos in the women's 800m. Chrisman won her section and took eighth overall with a 2:20.21. Wood finished just behind her teammate with a 2:20.78.

Jeffrey Stalun came close to setting a personal best mark in his first 800m of the season. His 1:56.90 was just 0:00.17 slower than his first 800m as a Bronco (1:56.73 — 2014 San Francisco State Distance Carnival).

Julia Wood ran at 3000m for the first time as a collegian and posted a 10:35.25 for a ninth-place finish. Will Burschinger also ran in his first 3000m and took second place with an 8:58.36.

"Joey and Jack ran great races again," head coach Felipe Montoro said. "Marisa and Bevin continue to improve. Greer, Hannah, and Jeff highlighted the 800m for us and I thought Julia and Will were particularly tough in the 3000m."


The Broncos wrap up their April slate at the Brutus Hamilton Open and Distance Carnival on Friday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, California.


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