Despite being the only Division III team in their race at UC Irvine, the cross country teams came away with solid results this weekend. The women finished fifth out of 16 teams with 150 points while the men finished seventh out of 13 teams with 152 points. Both teams competed in the 'A' race with Division I, Division II and nationally ranked NAIA teams.
The Athenas won the 'B' race at this meet last season and were moved into the 'A' race for this year's race. Jennifer Tavé (pictured left) led the team with a fifth place finish in a personal best time of 17:38. Laura Sauvage and Breanna Deutsch also set personal bests of 18:21 and 18:44 respectively while finishing second and third for the team. Rounding out the team scoring were Julia Rigby in 18:55 and Allison Barnwell in 19:00. The team showed trememdous depth as seven women finished within 19 seconds of Barnwell. Personal bests were also turned in by Kelly Garton (19:05), Lisa Beem (19:19), Adriana Ramos (19:22), Alexa Teevens (20:14), Danielle Knott (20:27) and Alise Baumgarten (20:45). The Athenas finished behind two regionally ranked Division I teams (Cal Poly and Long Beach State) and the top two ranked teams in the NAIA (Azusa Pacific and Cal State San Marcos). CMS would have won the 'B' race with 32 points.
The men's competition only had one race in 2010 and the Stags finished fourth so they were also moved into the 'A' race for this year. Rafer Dannenhauer (pictured right) led the team with a 14th place finish in a personal best time of 25:44. Also scoring for the Stags were Brian Sutter in 26:03, Andrew Wordell in 26:13, Bryan Chow in 26:20 and Julian Martinez in 26:33. Personal bests were turned in by Russell Page (26:36), Brian Conroy (27:09), Kevin Potterton (27:14), Kevin O'Neill (30:35) and Tom Guo (30:44). The Stags finished behind a Division I team (host UC Irvine), a regionally ranked Division II team (UC San Diego) and four ranked NAIA teams (Cal State San Marcos, The Master's, Westmont and Biola). CMS would have finished second to Division II Cal Baptist in the 'B' race.
Both teams return to action this weekend at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday, September 17. The women will run in two races: an invitational 6K race at 7:30 and a 5K open race at 8:45. The men will race in the 8K invitational at 8:15.