Cross Country Heads to Cal Poly Invitational

Oct. 13, 2003

FRESNO, Calif. - LAST MEET BEFORE THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS*br> Fresno State has just one more invitational before the conference meet next month. Coming off a bye weekend last week, the Bulldogs travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., for the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday. Last season the women's cross country team did not compete at Cal Poly. In 2001, Fresno State took fifth place out of 14 teams.

Kara June (Santa Maria, Calif.) won the San Francisco State Invitational and led Fresno State to a second place finish Oct. 4. June cut another 11 seconds off her season-best time, running the 6K in 21:30. Three other Bulldogs also shaved seconds off their personal-bests. Stacy Aurit (Union City, Calif.) placed second on the team and 11th overall with a time of 23:17, 33 seconds faster than her best time. Andrea Buckner (Anaheim, Calif.) finished third on the team and cut 25 seconds off her best time and Courtney Stewart (Castro Valley, Calif.) broke her personal record by five seconds. Fresno State was beat by San Jose State, who had a low score of 44 points. The Bulldogs had 64 points. There were 11 teams in the competition.

The Bulldogs competed at one of their most difficult invitationals of the regular season. Fresno State came in 17th out of 26 teams in the women's 6K race. June was the team's top finisher coming in 50th with a time of 22:51, 39 seconds slower than her time last year on the course. Senior Orelia Gonzalez (La Puenta, Calif.) came in next for the 'Dogs, finishing 116th with a time of 24:18. Rounding out the top three was Aurit who came in 121st with a time of 24:26. The Stanford Invitational hosted some of the best cross country teams in the nation. Teams such as UCLA, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Nevada competed in the women's 6K event.

The Fresno State women's cross country team won the Stanislaus Open at Modesto's Legion Park. 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 June who took first place overall in the 6K race with a time of 21:41. She finished 1:25 ahead of Cal State Stanislaus' Desiree Dvorak, who came in second. June also took five seconds off her 2002 season-best 6K time. Gonzalez 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. Buckner finished fifth with a time of 23:49. Aurit and Nicolin Neal (Fresno, Calif.) took sixth and seventh with times of 23:50.2 and 23:50.4, respectively. Eighth went to Stewart and Corina Mendoza-Martinez (Sanger, Calif.) was ninth.



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