Oct. 4, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
Fresno, Calif. -- Annemarie Schwanz's strong start to her sophomore campaign and a solid overall team performance from the men continues to be the highlight for the Fresno State cross country teams this season.
Schwanz finished eighth out of 156 runners and earned eight points to lead the women to a 12th place team finish with 314 points and the men finished ninth out of 14 teams with a total of 251 points on Friday morning at the NCAA Inter-Region Jamboree in Sacramento.
For the third straight meet, Schwanz finished as the top performer for the women. She finished the 5K course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in a time of 17:06. Her time is now the new gold-standard for Fresno State women runners in the 5K. Schwanz's 17:06 broke the old record of 17:10, set by Stacey McAfee in 1988. The sophomore from Germany also set the new top-time in the Mountain West for the 5K, topping the previous time of 18:02 set by Hannah Everson of Air Force.
"Annemarie did an outstanding job for the second week in a row," head coach Sean McManus said. "She is really starting to come into her own as not only a cross country runner, but a contender in a lot of these major Division 1 to be a top-ten finisher and that is something that the women's program has been missing the past couple years."
Saylah Barserian finished 61st in 17:58 which gives her the second-best 5K time in the MW this year. Schwanz's and Barserian's performance helped the `Dogs finish just behind conference foe Nevada and ahead of San Diego State in the overall team standings.
Senior Kevin Poythress finished the 8K men's race in 35th with a time of 24:43 and has now finished as the top Bulldog finisher in two straight races. His time is good for the third-best time in the 8K in the MW this season. Fellow senior Danny Vartanian finished in 24:49 to plae 41st and junior Chriss Grimble finished 50th in 25:02. Freshman Matt Kwiatkowski finished 67th in 25:18 to give Fresno State four finishers in the top 70 of a race that featured 134 athletes.
"It was another strong performance by out top four runners and they all finished within 40 seconds which is kind of our goal for our top fivem "McManus said. "If we can get that fifth man tightened up were going to be a pretty strong team come the end of the season."
The Bulldogs will be back in action in two weeks when they run in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale.
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