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XC | Gaels Complete Final Tune-Up At Bronco Invite

Oct. 14, 2017

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Both the Saint Mary’s men’s and women’s cross country teams closed out their regular seasons Saturday at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara at Baylands Park, getting in their final tune-up before the West Coast Conference championships.


  • The Saint Mary’s men finished ninth as a team, beating out eight other teams including Northern California neighbors Sacramento State (10th), San Jose State (11th) and Fresno State (17th).

  • Noah McDermott was the top finisher for SMC, completing the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 24.7 seconds for 25th place.

  • Nolan Dozier (35th, 24:35.0) and Raymond Boffman (36th, 24:35.2) ran together, giving the Gaels three in the top-40.

  • Freshmen Brady Lance (133rd) and Alex Riggsby (135th) both dipped under the 26:30-mark for the 8 km, running 26:14.8 and 26:21.1, respectively.

  • Abby Bolt was once again the Gaels’ leading female runner, finishing 57th in 21:43.0 for the 6 km.

  • Freshman Abigayle Mitchell surged ahead in her pack, beating two other runners by less than 1/2 a second to finish 121st in 22:44.0.

  • Neylene Leon (23:18.3), Hannah English (23:18.5) and Katie Watson (23:22.6) executed their race plan to a T, finishing in order and within 4.3 seconds of each other.

  • “Our men's team was a little bit fried and anxious to be perfectly honest. The last few days with the fire did not do any favors for them. They still competed well, however. We lost to some teams I think we can be at conference and at regionals. The good news is they are pretty pumped up about today's race and looking to improve on it.

  • “For the women, we held a few back because of some lingering minor injuries and we did not want those to get worse. The women could have been four or five spots higher.”

  • “Today wasn't the best day, but they competed well and considering what they've been through the last three days of not being able to run outside and choking on smoke, they are in a good spot mentally and looking forward to our conference championship in two weeks. Sometimes they need to face adversity like this in order to push through to excel at the end of the season.”

  • The Men’s and Women’s WCC Championships will be held on Oct. 27 at the Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif.



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