Oct. 13, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Trevor Halsted finished sixth overall while Grayson Hough placed 11th to lead a strong UC Davis cross country showing at the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara on Saturday.
The UC Davis men were second overall in the 8K invitational race, recording 158 points to finish just 12 points back of San Francisco who was first with 146 points.
Halsted clocked in at 24:09.2 for his sixth-place finish while Hough was just nine seconds behind his Aggie teammate, crossing the line in a time of 24:18.9.
Freshmen Brandon Pugh and Jordon Rushing turned in strong times as well. Pugh knocked off nearly a full-minute from his previous 8K time, set at the Sept. 29 Stanford Invitational. He finished in a time of 24:42.2, while Rushing's time of 24:57.6 was also nearly one minute faster from his result at Stanford.
"Trevor has raced consistently each time out, and Grayson put together the type of effort that we have been looking for," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "Having two freshmen run sub-25 is also a good step in the right direction of this group and we will carry some positive momentum forward as the men continue to develop and gain experience."
Freshman Amar Dholakia was 86th in a time of 25:21.7 while Cody Nguyen clocked in at 25:31.2. Nick Ratto and Miguel Aceves rounded out the Aggie lineup. Ratto finished in a time of 25:59.2 while Aceves made his UC Davis debut with a time of 26:13.4.
In the women's 5K, Shannon Harcus was UC Davis' top finisher, clocking in at 17:48.8 to finish 28th overall and lead the Aggie women to an eighth-place finish. She was followed by freshman Erika Barr who was 46th in a time of 18:03.3 while Hilary Teaford and Venus Shabgahi finsihed 63rd and 67th, respectively. Teaford's time of 18:14.1 was just two seconds faster than her teammate Shabgahi who crossed in a time of 18:15.9.
"Focus for both teams will fall on conference championship prep for the next two weeks," said Wartenburg. "We will aim to run our best in the postseason when peak performances are the goal across the board."
The Big West Conference Championship is set for Oct. 27 at the UC Riverside Ag/Ops Course in Riverside, Calif.