Sept. 15, 2012
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's and women's cross country teams ran away with second-place finishes at the Sundodger Invitational on Saturday, hosted by the University of Washington.
Lyndsie Etherton led the women's team once again, placing fourth, in the women's 6K run. Etherton finished with a time of 20:58.34. Meagan Paracholski placed 13th overall, timing in at 21:45.65. The women's team finished with 56 points, trailing the host school, Washington, by just 11 points for first-place.
Olivier Bernard paced the men's team, leading the way for the 'Dogs top spot for the first time this fall. Bernard finished with a time of 24:14.53 and placed sixth overall at the invitational. Daniel Vartanian timed in at 24:28.7 and took 12th-place for the 'Dogs.
The 'Dogs are three weeks into their season and are steadily progressing towards where they need to be according to head coach Sean McManus.
"It was nice performance today by both teams today," said McManus. "We were able to work together in groups, which is something we have been working on in training, but we still haven't quite been able to get everyone at their absolute best on the same day. We had a few run great last week and a few run great this week, if we can get everyone on the same page for the Stanford Invite in two weeks I think we can do very well there."
The 'Dogs will have the week off before traveling to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Stanford Invitational, Sept. 29.
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