Oct. 19, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Annemarie Schwanz broke a school record for the second straight race and the men's team received solid races from its' top five runners to finish in the top ten of the team standings on Saturday morning at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. The women finished eighth out of 19 teams by scoring 245 points and the men also finished eighth with 213 points.
Schwanz, after setting the 5K school record two weeks ago at the NCAA Inter-Region Jamboree in Sacramento, shattered the 6K school record by 20 seconds when she ran a 20:38.5 to finish seventh out of 204 runners. Her time also topped all other times in the 6K for Mountain West runners by more than a minute. Schwanz, a sophomore from Germany, has now finished in the top ten in all four races this season.
Senior Saylah Barserian finished in 34th with a time of 21:21.6 to score 26 points for the team to help contribute to their top ten finish.
For the third straight race, Kevin Poythress finished with the best time for the men. This time, the senior from Madera finished in 40th with a time of 24:39.2. Fellow senior Danny Vartanian (24:51.9) and junior Chriss Grimble (25:05.3) finished in 59th and 78th, respectively.
After the last race, head coach Sean McManus said that the top five runners needed to be within 40 seconds of each other. The team followed through with that this week, with freshman Matt Kwiatkowski's 25:07.7 and Cooper Gill's 25:08.3 rounding out the top five and putting them all within 30 seconds of each other to help the team to their eighth place finish out of 18 teams.
The `Dogs know have two weeks to finish preparations for the Mountain West Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on November 1.
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