Cross Country Blazes The Course At UC Riverside

Cross Country Blazes The Course At UC Riverside

The men's and women's cross country teams combined to set 42 personal bests at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday including a new school record in the 6K by Jennifer Tavé (20:51.8).  The Athenas finished sixth overall with 186 points in the Invitational 6K and were the first non-Division I team in the 20 team field to capture the Collegiate Team Trophy.  The Stags finished 12th of 25 teams in the Invitational 8K with 349 points.  The women also finished second in the Open 5K race with 83 points while the men finished third in the Open 8K with 100 points.

The Invitational 6K was the first race of the day and the seven Athenas competing set the tone for the day as they rewrote the CMS all-time list for the distance.  Tavé, who finished fifth overall, broke her own record by over 30 seconds.  Laura Sauvage (21:35.6), Allison Barnwell (22:02.1), Breanna Deutsch (22:09.8), Sara Mostatabi (22:16.2), Marnie Hogue (22:19.9) and Julia Rigby (22:28.4) became the second, fourth, seventh, tenth, 11th and 12th fastest performers respectively in CMS history.

The second race of the day was the Invitational 8K and the Stags had five of their seven runners record personal bests led by Rafer Dannenhauer in 25:26.0.  Brian Sutter, Andrew Wordell, Julian Martinez and Russell Page rounded out the scoring for the Stags with Wordell, Martinez and Page recording personal bests as did Alex Mauro.

The open 5K had another impressive performance by the Athenas as 14 of the 19 competitors recorded personal bests.  Kelly Garton led the team with her 12th place finish in 18:03.6 which was her best time by over a minute.  The rest of the scoring pack of Adriana Ramos, Aubrey Zimmerling, Alison Gushue and Adele Eslinger all broke 19:00 which is something of a rarity in CMS history.  Last year's UCR meet was the first time that CMS had seven women break 19 in one meet and today, including the 6K runners who all split under 19 for 5K, the team had 12 women under the time.  One of the top performances of the day was turned in by freshman Danielle Knott.  She improved her personal best, which had set by 20 seconds last week, by 86 seconds with a time of 19:01.6.

The open 8K was the final race of the day and 14 of the 20 finishers recorded personal bests with four runners who would have broken into the team's top seven in the Invitational race.  Sam Pitcavage led the team with a 19th finish in 26:07.3.  Kevin Potterton, Justin Jones, Kevin Hale and Tyler Robinson rounded out the team scoring.

Both teams return to the course next Saturday, September 17 at the Stanford Invitational.  The men will race at 10:50 and the women will follow at 11:30.