SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's
and women's cross country teams traveled to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco,
Calif. for the Gator Invitational hosted by San Francisco State University this
past Friday. This marks the Gaels second trip to Golden Gate Park this
season, the previous being the USF Invitational earlier in September.
Gaels held out most of their top runners in an opportunity to rest for the
Bronco Invitational next week and to give a chance to the remainder of the
roster to compete against stiff competition.
team, carrying five athletes, finished 12th out of 15
teams. Freshmen Zach Newsom paced the Gaels with his 55th overall
finish and time of 27:25. This marked a huge PR for Newsom, bettering his
former collegiate best by over 1:20.
finisher was sophomore Chris Garcia (28:03), a one minute improvement from last
year's Gator Invitational performance. Freshmen Justin Jayme and Gilbert
Mundo placed 73rd and 76th overall, respectively.
Jayme, setting a new PR by 18 seconds in his young career, clocked in at 28:47,
while Mundo finished in 29:00. Junior Antonio Venegas placed fifth for
Saint Mary's and 81st overall with a time of 29:30.
just really proud of these men today. Zach has been training as hard as
anyone on the team but waiting to see it translate into race performances.
Today everything seemed to click and he was a competitor from the gun.
He's got a real bright future ahead of him," said head coach Marty
For the women's race, the Gaels had four athletes in an
attempt to race those that have been injured or haven't raced the 6K distance
yet. Sophomore Maureen May, returning from injury, placed 49th overall
in 24:32. Freshman Madison Thompson finished second for the Gaels with a
time of 26:17 in her first 6K event. Alex Choy and Jackie Danens, both
returning from injuries, ran 26:51 and 27:49, respectively.
The Gaels return to action next Saturday as they travel to
Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, Calif. to participate in the Bronco
Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University.