Men’s Cross Country Finishes Third in Davis While Women Finish Sixth in Oregon

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The Men’s Cross Country team jumps out to a quick start but they were unable to finish high in Oregon against nationally ranked competition.  Photo courtesy of Nicole Bowler
The Men’s Cross Country team jumps out to a quick start but they were unable to finish high in Oregon against nationally ranked competition. Photo courtesy of Nicole Bowler

The USF cross country team had a busy weekend as they ran in two events, the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon and the Doc Adams Invitational at UC Davis. At the Dellinger Invitational the men’s side placed 10th against a nationally ranked field. Although the men’s side did not have any stand-out times, they ran a solid race considering their competition. The men’s race featured top ranked teams such as No.9 Alabama, who won the race, No. 12 BYU, who finished second and No. 8 Portland, who finished fourth. The women’s team had more success than the men’s side as they finished in 6th place, beating out nationally ranked Portland. Freshman Eva Krchova led the lady dons with a time of 17:30 in the women’s 5k (3.1mi course), her time placed 26th. For the second straight race, Krchova finished with the best time for the Dons, who overall had a solid outing in Oregon against top ranked competition.

The team did a better job the next day at the Doc Adams Invitational at UC Davis. The men’s team finished in third place at the event, which was a great performance for the team. There were some outstanding individual performances, such as that of sophomore Colin Hopkins, who led the men with 25:49 in the Men’s 8k (5 mile course), which was 6th place in the competition. Michael Barnes also did well finishing in seventh with a time of 26:00. Sophomore Tyler Alvarez finished in the top 10 as well during the race. On the women’s side, Alice Baker performed well as she got 21:53 in the women’s 6k, which was good for 2nd overall. The women’s team didn’t have a full squad, which prevented them from placing in the event.

The next event for the Dons is the San Francisco State Invitational on Oct. 9 in Golden Gate Park.

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