Cross Country Heads to CS Stanislaus Invitational

Sept. 5, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. -

`DOGS OPEN AT CS STANISLAUS INVITATIONAL The women's cross country team officially opens their season this Saturday, Sept. 9 at CS Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif. Last year the women clinched first place with five Bulldogs placing in the top 10 of the 5K run and totaled a score of 27points. Junior Jennifer Smith (Lake of the Pines) finished first with a time of 19:01, a full 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

WOMEN PREPARE FOR SEASON WITH WATERMELON RUN The cross country team prepared for the upcoming season last Saturday by participating in the annual Watermelon Run at Fresno State. The team entered twelve runners in the two mile run. Finishing first on the squad was Smith who finished 35th overall with a time of 11:56. Junior Rachel Bauer (Clovis) was 38th overall with a time of 11:36.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2000 The women come into this season after a sixth-place finish at last year's Western Athletic Conference Championships. Six Bulldogs return for this season of action including top runners Bauer and Smith. Bauer, the track and field team's Herzog Track Woman of the Year, was the team's top runner. She finished second among the Bulldogs at the WAC Championships and set a personal-best 18:59 at the NCAA Regionals while being the first Bulldog to cross the finish line. Smith and sophomore Michelle June (Santa Maria) will challenge Bauer for the squad's number one spot. Smith recorded the team's best time last season at the Fresno State Invitational when she placed fourth with a time of 18:32. June did not compete during last season but is expected to be a solid comtributor this fall. Also returning for the 2000 season are junior Argentina Banuelos (Woodlake) and Denley.

SHANNON LIEDER TAKES CHARGE OF THE BULLDOGS Former cross country and track and field standout Shannon Lieder enters her first year as the women's cross country coach. While competing for the Bulldogs from 1989-1992, Lieder earned All-America status in the 800 meters and still holds the school record in that event (2:07.03) and the 1,500 meters (4:24.68) while ranking ninth on the cross country all-time 5,000 meters list (17:36). Lieder was the former cross country manager for two years under former cross country head coach Red Estes.

WOMEN PREPARE FOR SEASON AT CAMP The team spent Aug. 21-26, at their training camp at Camp Chawanakee in Shaver Lake, Calif. The Bulldogs were able to prepare for the upcoming season by training in a long run (9.3 miles) and a short run (2.2 miles). In this season of action the team will have to adjust to a longer course. The women previously have competed in a 5,000 meter race but will now run a 6,000 meter course at meets.

CS STANISLAUS INVITATIONAL OPENS UP MEN'S SEASON The men's season officially begins this Saturday, Sept. 9 at the CS Stanislaus Invitational with a four-mile run in Turlock, Calif. The Bulldogs are back to defend their title after leading all schools with 26 points last year. The `Dogs captured five of the top 10 finishes, among the top 10 finishers were junior Philip Ogilvie (Clarksburg) who finished fourth (20:49) and sophomore Josh Roddy (Manteca) placed sixth (20.55).

MEN MAKE GOOD SHOWING AT WATERMELON RUN The men's cross country team competed strongly in the six mile run last Saturday with all of the Bulldogs finishing in the top 12. Roddy was the first to finish with a time of 29:49 and sophomore Moses Avila (Reedley) finished second (31:58).

SOPHOMORE FIREPOWER The men's cross country team comes into the season after finishing strong and placing third at last year's WAC Championships. Ogilvie, who was the WAC Freshman of the Year, finished 12th at last year's conference championship with a time of 26:01. Vaca notched a personal-best time of 26:16 at the WAC Championships. Other sophomores returning for another season of action are Roddy and Avila. Roddy also set his personal best at the WAC Championships finishing fourth for the Bulldogs with a time of 26:22. Avila competed in five meets last year as a freshman and set his personal best time of 27:45 at the Fresno State Invitational. Rounding out the returnees are sophomores Eddie Garcia (Madera), Alex Mason (Alameda) and Josh Tyson (Waterford).

JOE GONZALES ENTERS HIS FIRST SEASON AS MEN'S HEAD COACH Former Fresno State graduate Joe Gonzales begins his Bulldog coaching career this season. Gonzales leaves behind Exeter High School where he has coached the cross country team and the track and field team since 1990. In his ten years at Exeter, Gonzales has led the girls' cross country team to five league championships and one section championship. He guided the boys' cross country team to two league championships and the girls' track and fiield team to two league championships. Gonzales will also handle men's distance during the Bulldogs' track and field season. 17:52



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