SOLANO, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s cross country team had several runners set personal bests at the Doc Adams Open, hosted by UC Davis at Putah Creek Reserve on Saturday.
"The women raced tough out there and as a result came back with a solid performance and a few personal bests,” said head coach Marty Kinsey. “The men also looked solid with a few best times and quite frankly a great race from our red-shirt freshmen Lowell Kirkwood and Jordan Kurtz who came away with big PRs.”
On the women’s side, freshman Kim Avalos finished in 15th-place overall with a time of 22:24. That time was a season best for Avalos.
Tiffany Monsalud tied a season-best, while teammates Cristina Garcia and Alyssa Gutcher finished in the top-25. Gutcher’s time was within a few seconds of a season-best on the 6K course. Recently named West Coast Conference All-Academic honorable mention, Alyssa Horning was also in action on Saturday.
The Gael men were led by Justin Jayme. He finished in 32nd place with a time of 25:45, a personal best on the 8K course. Gilbert Mundo also notched a personal best with a time of 26:10, while Marc Klunk ran a season-best in 26:34.
Unattached freshman Lowell Kirkwood also recorded a personal best, but the race of the day went to unattached freshman Jordan Kurtz who ran 25:46 in his third 8K.
Chris Garcia (26:24) and Rhett Baynes (27:19) were also in action for SMC. Last week Baynes was named WCC All-Academic honorable mention.
“We are looking forward to next week where Carina Novell, Taylor Khan, Zach Hansen and seniors Trevor Araujo and Rajpaul Pannu compete at the NCAA regional meet,” said Kinsey.
Next week the Gaels take part on the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento at Haggin Oaks Golf Course.