Track & Field Set for New Venture at Fresno State Bulldog Invitational

John O'Hagan makes his 3000m season debut Saturday alongside Will Burschinger, Andrew Melendez and Ben Williams.
John O'Hagan makes his 3000m season debut Saturday alongside Will Burschinger, Andrew Melendez and Ben Williams.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara track & field will compete in a new venue Saturday when it heads to Clovis, California for the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational. The Broncos, racing for the second time in as many weekends, have 12 of 28 runners making a season debut in their respective events at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"The Bulldog Invite is a new event for us and we are looking forward to it," head coach Felipe Montoro said. "Heats look great and it appears conditions will be outstanding for the middle-distance events."

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BRONCO ENTRIES (Season Debuts in Italics)

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (3:45 p.m.): Ben Davidson, Christian Raslowsky

Men's 1500m (4:30 p.m.): Brennan Lagerstrom, Wilder Boyden, Joey Berriatua, Jack Davidson

Women's 1500m (4:40 p.m.): Heather LaPlante, Bevin McCullough, Marisa Rudolph, Marisa Sanchez

Women's 400m (5:30 p.m.): Ciara Del Rosario, Khiely Jackson

Men's 800m (6 p.m.): Jean-Baptiste Tooley, Ross Corey, Brynn Sargent, Jeffrey Stalun

Women's 800m (6:10 p.m.): Hannah Wood, Greer Chrisman, Emma Eikelberner, Alanna McCauley

Men's 3000m (6:55 p.m.): Will Burschinger, John O'Hagan, Andrew Melendez, Ben Williams

Women's 3000m (7:10 p.m.): Jamie Ferris, Kaitlyn Kuehn, Julia Wood, Allison Martinez

"I'm interested to see how Joey and Jack handle their first 1500m of the season," Montoro said. "Hannah Wood will be running a fresh 800m and I'm curious to see how she competes as well."


Jack Davidson highlighted a busy weekend for Santa Clara track and field by posting the fastest 5000m time in program history Friday, April 14 in Murdock Stadium at the Mt. SAC relays. The freshman's 14:23.35 broke Kurt Ruegg's previous best mark (14:26.63 at the 2015 Husky Classic) by more than three seconds.

The Broncos also competed on Saturday, April 15 at Woody Wilson Track as part of the Woody Wilson Classic. McCullough posted personal best marks at 800m (2:23.91) and 1500m (4:51.51), both of which were good for sixth in their respective fields.

Wilder Boyden — competing at 1500m for just the second time in his collegiate career — won his section with a personal best 4:02.49 and posted the third-fastest time in the field overall. Boyden doubled back for an 800m personal best of 2:05.51.


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