Cross Country to Train Through Bye Weekend

Sept. 8, 2003

The women's cross country team has two bye weekends in a row and will not see competition until Sept. 27. The team will continue to train hard throughout the month in preparation for its next meet, the Stanford Invitational. Last year the Fresno State squad finished 18th out of 33 teams.

The Fresno State women's cross country team won the Stanislaus Open at Modesto's Legion Park on Saturday. Seven Bulldog runners finished in the top-nine. The team totaled 22 points for first and Cal State Stanislaus finished second with 43 points. The Bulldogs were led by senior Kara June (Santa Maria, Calif.) who took first place overall in the 6K race with a time of 21:41. She finished 1 minute 25 seconds ahead of Cal State Stanislaus' Desiree Dvorak who came in second. June also took five seconds off her 2002 season-best 6K time. Orelia Gonzalez (La Puenta, Calif.) was the second Fresno State runner to the finish line. She took third in the meet with a time of 23:19. Bulldog runners took fifth through ninth place. Andrea Buckner (Anaheim, Calif.) finished fifth with a time of 23:49. Stacy Aurit (Union City, Calif.) and Nicolin Neal (Fresno, Calif.) took sixth and seventh with times of 23:50.2 and 23:50.4, respectively. Eighth went to Courtney Stewart (Castro Valley, Calif.) and Corina Mendoza-Martinez (Sanger, Calif.) was ninth.

Fresno State completed its official season opener at the Bronco Invitational in Belmont, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Bulldogs took fifth place out of 10 teams. Senior Kara June (Santa Maria, Calif.) repeated last year's fifth place showing, but ran the 5K race 12 seconds slower. Sophomore Andrea Buckner (Anaheim, Calif.) came in second on the team and 35th overall with a time of 20:05. Junior Corina Mendoza (Sanger, Calif.) finished just a second behind Buckner, coming in 36th. Stanford took the team title with a combined score of 17 points. Santa Clara came in second with 54 points and Cal Poly was third with 84 points. Gonzaga finished just three points ahead of Fresno State with 134.

The 38th annual Fresno State Watermelon Run brought in nearly 250 competitors Saturday, Aug. 30. Participants ran in one, two or four-mile races. The highest number of runners (143) competed in the two-mile race. A top runner on Fresno State's men's cross country and track teams least year, Roosevelt Cook, claimed first place in the four-mile run with a time of 19:46. Cook also won the one-mile run in 4:57.



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