Sept. 29, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Trevor Halsted finished 12th overall in a time of 24:37 to lead the UC Davis men's cross country team to an eighth-place finish while a young Aggie women's squad was tenth on Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.
Stanford's "A" team won the men's 8K team title with 34 points while Adams State finished second with 40 points. Chico State (123) and San Francisco (161) were third and fourth, respectively, while UC Santa Barbara rounded out the top five.
Halsted was UC Davis' top finisher in a field of 265 runners and 29 teams. He was followed by Grayson Hough who was 42nd in a time of 25:24 while freshman Brandon Pugh was 57th in a time of 25:40. Jordon Rushing, also a freshman, was 70th overall in a time of 25:58.
"On a day that saw the men's course run considerably slower than in previous years, Trevor Halsted cemented himself as this team's frontrunner with his race," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "Grayson did what we needed him to do, and it was good to see two freshmen step into scoring roles."
Nathan Strum clocked in at 26:11 while freshman Nick Ratto made his UC Davis debut in a time of 26:17. Amar Dholakia finished just six seconds behind Ratto, recording a time of 26:23 to round out the Aggie scoring. Cody Nguyen crossed the line at 26:43 while fellow freshman Eric Neill finished in a time of 27:20.
Stanford's "A" team, led by individual winner Kathy Kroeger, also won the women's team title after claiming four of the top five spots en route to 25 points.
The Aggie women were led by freshman Venus Shabgahi who was 30th in the women's 6K race in a time of 21:53. Melinda Zavala finished 64th, clocking in at 22:21, while Hilary Teaford finished just three seconds back in a time of 22:24.
"Venus did a great job pacing the women's group in her 6K debut," said Wartenburg. "We suspected she might bring something special to the table today. We had some packing behind in today's scoring five and there were some gaps that can be filled as several of these women gain experience."
Freshmen Anna Welsh, Julia Yang and Erika Barr were UC Davis' final scoring runners. Welsh finished in a time of 22:39 and was just two seconds ahead of Yang (22:41) while Barr crossed the finish line in a time of 23:03.
"Two weeks from now we will essentially have our entire roster in singlets between Pre-Nats and Bronco," Wartenburg continued. "Those meets should serve as excellent primers for the late season push."
UC Davis returns to action on Oct. 13 with two different squads competing. One group will make the short trip to the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara, while a second group will travel to Louisville, Ky. for the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet.