Oct. 15, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Both the men and women's teams competed at the Bronco Invitational Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif. finishing their final meet of the regular season. The 'Dogs competed against both nationally and regionally ranked teams as far away as Hawaii and Maryland
"On both teams and the women's side especially did a great job getting out and becoming a factor in the race early which was something we hadn't really done successfully earlier this year so that was great step for us," said Sean McManus.
Lyndsie Etherton, finished 14th with a time of 17:35 which is a personal best for her this season. Etherton, has proven to be a strong competitor taking the lead for the Bulldog women this season. She has continued to improve and will shine on into the WAC Championships.
"This was the first time they really challenged themselves taking it all out on limb and challenging them so I was really pleased with the first 2.5 miles of the race," said McManus. "We know where we need to improve next time out and the girls gained a lot of confidence from that and we will be ready to go for WAC."
As for the men's side, Paul Zwama led the Bulldogs finishing 28th with a time of 24:38 which was eight seconds faster than his last finish at Stanford. Zwama continues to battle his way to the top with each race proving to be a strong collegiate competitor.
"We had a couple of guys battling with a sickness, Paul Zwama, was sick all week and put himself out there in the race and struggled the last mile of two," said McManus. "Eric Battles did a solid job and our five, six, and seven were working together so there were some positive things there. We need to get better if we want to claim the WAC title."
The women's team placed eighth overall and the men placed 11th. Both teams performed competitively proving they are ready to take on the WAC Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii. at the end of this month.
"We got some exposure to some teams that we will see in a few weeks and we are excited to get out there to Hawaii and see what we can do. It will be a little bit of a different environment with only about 50-60 kids in the race as opposed to 200 but we are excited," said McManus.
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