Stanford Invitational Provides Strong Test For Cross Country Teams
The cross country teams traveled up to Palo Alto on Saturday to take on a Division 1-dominated field at the Stanford Invitational and came away with solid results. The women finished 13th of 32 teams with 377 points and the men finished 14th of 28 teams with 457 points.
The Stags competed first on the day and the duo of Rafer Dannenhauer and Brian Sutter (pictured) led the team. The pair ran together for almost the entire 8000 meter distance and were the top Division III finishers in the 242-runner field. They finished 80th and 81st with times of 25:30 and 25:31 respectively. Andrew Wordell, Julian Martinez and Bryan Chow rounded out the team scorers for CMS. The Stags, ranked 28th in Division III, finished behind 11 Division I teams including five that are regionally ranked, the fifth ranked team in Division II and just behind their cross campus rivals, Pomona-Pitzer, Division III's #26 team. CMS beat six Division I teams and all the other Division II (including #25 Cal Poly Pomona), Division III and NAIA schools.
The Athenas' race was larger than the Stags' with four more teams and 36 more competitors. Jennifer Tavé led the team with a very impressive 18th place finish. Her time of 21:17 is the second fastest in CMS and SCIAC history behind her mark from last week's faster UCR race. Breanna Deutsch turned in her best race of the season finishing second for the team in 82nd place. Adriana Ramos, Allison Barnwell and Sara Mostatabi were the other team scorers and finished in a tight pack along with Aubrey Zimmerling, Marnie Hogue, Kelly Garton and Julia Rigby. The seven runners finished within 19 seconds of each other. The Athenas, ranked fourth in D3, finished behind 10 D1 teams including seven that are regionally ranked, the second ranked team in D2 and the top ranked team in NAIA. CMS beat 11 Division I teams and all the other Division II (including #19 Cal Poly Pomona), Division III and NAIA schools.
CMS will compete again this Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. The team will race those athletes who did not compete at Stanford. The men will race at 7:45 with the women following at 8:30. The entire team will race again on October 15 at the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet in La Mirada.