Even without a top 10 runner, the Cal State Stanislaus women's cross country team finished third at the 2012 USF Invitational on Saturday.
The team managed to finish as the top Division II team because it had four top 30 runners in the 19-team competition hosted by the University of San Francisco at Golden Gate Park.
Marina Ghabbour was the top Warrior women as she finished 15th in a time of 18:19.80 in the 5,000-meter event. Courtney Anderson was just steps behind Ghabbour in 17th, clocking in at 18:27.90.
Rachel Naranjo (18:43.30, 22nd) and Dallas Campbell (18:54.70, 30th) were the other two Stanislaus stars in the top 30. Furthermore, Lizzie Grolle and Alyssa Thiele came in just behind Campbell in 31st and 32nd, respectively.
As a team the Warriors placed third behind only Stanford and Cal. The Warriors were ahead of host USF, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and San Jose State among many others.
"The girls packed up well and put together a great performance. I look forward to the season and what it brings for our teams," head coach Diljeet Taylor said. "Our top runners are running very well, we just need to continue to work hard every day."
Other Warrior runners include Rubye Elhard (19:11.10), Sarah Miranda (20:09), Dana Juarez (20:25.70), Hailey Macedo (21:05), Laticia Joven (21:18.60), Aman Hundal (22:50.40), Ufuoma Egbikuadje (23:03.30) and Aimee Sawyer (25:07.30)
Men's team top DII team at USF Invitational
Dawson Vorderbruegge led the Cal State Stanislaus men's cross country team to a great season debut on Saturday.
The Warrior men tied for fourth place in the team standings with West Florida as the top two Division II programs in the highly competitive USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park.
Vorderbruegge clocked in at 25:53.00 to finish 20th and Anthony Fegundes finished 37th in 26:41.00 to lead the Warriors.
"I am very pleased with the team's effort today," said head coach Diljeet Taylor. "This was a solid start for our men's team. I am proud of how they battled."
Stanford easily won the event with five runners in the top five including the first four finishers. Cal had the other five runners in the top 10 to finish second in the team standings. Host University of San Francisco was third.
As a team the Warriors finished ahead of Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State among many others in the 17-school event.
Also finishing for Stanislaus were Terrance Ellis (27:05), Kanwar Dhaliwal (27:11), Palmer Thiele (27:13), Vojta Ripa (27:39), Thomas Evangelista (28:13) and Allen Castenada (28:17).