Berriatua Posts Track and Field’s Fastest 5000m Outdoor Mark at SF State Distance Carnival

Joey Berriatua was among the Bronco standouts at 5000m with a 14:27.59.
Joey Berriatua was among the Bronco standouts at 5000m with a 14:27.59.


SAN FRANCISCO — Santa Clara track and field raced for the first time in more than three weeks Friday and Saturday at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, and turned in several positive results. Joey Berriatua ran the fastest outdoor 5000m in program history with a 14:27.59 at Cox Stadium and came within one second of Kurt Ruegg's school record.

The Broncos competed in eight events across five distances at what head coach Felipe Montoro called the unofficial start to the team's outdoor season. Jack Davidson's 14:30.58 at 5000m also cracked Santa Clara's Top 10 list. That mark stands as the fifth-fastest time overall and third-fastest outdoor time by a Bronco runner.

"It was a bit up and down in regards to our overall performance, but the highlights were really great," Montoro said. "Joey ran a great race and Jack's 14:30 is a very good time for someone with his limited experience and workload."

Ben Davidson ran a 9:40.52 to come within half a second of his 3000m steeplechase mark from the team's last competition and Christian Raslowsky posted a 9:44.67 and took nearly 20 seconds off his steeple time from the Johnny Mathis Invitational on Feb. 25.

Brennan Lagerstrom came through with his best marks at 800m (1:56.03) and 1500m (4:01.53) during his debut season on the track. Emma Eikelberner also doubled up at those distances and had a 2:24.41 at 800m to take more than five seconds off her first 800 of the season at the Kim Duyst Invitational March 3.

"We had some standout performances from our younger runners this weekend," Montoro said. "I was pleased with how Ben and Christian handled their second steeple of the season. Brennan and Emma had solid doubles for us."

Greer Chrisman, running at 800m for the ninth time in her college career, finished with a personal best 2:19.02 for her first mark below 2:20. Hannah Wood's 2:17.93 at that distance was good for third in her section and 24th overall.

"Greer stood out once again and Hannah bounced back from a disappointing race at 1500m to run a strong 800m."


The Broncos travel to Walnut, California for the Mt. SAC relays April 13-14.


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