The men's and women's teams begins their season at 37th Watermelon Run.
Aug. 31, 2002
FRESNO, Calif. -
The cross country team unofficially began their season at the 37th annual Watermelon Run Saturday. Both teams put up a fight in their respected races. The Run consists of a one mile, two mile, and four mile race. The men's team competed in the four mile and one mile while the women competed in the two mile.
The gun went off at 8:30 a.m. to start the four mile race.Fernando Cabada a Clovis native, who transfered from the University of Arkansas, would be the first Bulldog to cross the finish line with a time of 19:30. His teammates Roosevelt Cook and Phil Olgilvie would not be far behind respectively with times of 19:35 and 19:43. Alex Mason, Roberto Vaca, Curtis Barela, and Ryan Anderson, filed in, taking seventh, eighth, nineth and eleventh places respectively with times of 20:18, 20:41, 20:26, and 20:58. All Bulldogs placed in the top 25.
The women's team gave a strong showing in the two mile; the largest race of the Run with 145 runners. Kara June would be the first Bulldog as well as first female to cross the finish line with a time of 10:57. Finishing second on the team with a time of 11:27 was Olga Gutierrez-Nunez. Taking thid and fourth place for the team wereMichelle June, 11:41 and Mt.SAC transfer Orelia Gonzales, 11:45. The entire women's team would finish under 15 minutes.
The men's team dominated the one mile race held on the grass next to the softball field. The grass track did not slow these Bulldogs down. The race was neck-and-neck for a while between first and second place winnersRoosevelt Cook, 4:43:44 and Phil Olgilvie, 4:47:06. On their heels wasFernando Cabada taking third with a time of 4:52:09. Taking fourth and fifth wereRoberto Vaca, 4:57:84 andCurtis Barela, 4:59:81. The men's team all finished in the top 15.
The men's team will officially begin Sep.7, at UC Irvine. The women's team will officially begin their season also on Sept. 7, at CS Stanislaus.