SPRINGFIELD, Ore./SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Santa Clara men's cross country is in the USTFCCCA regional rankings for the first time in the 2019 season. The men are ranked 15th in the west region following last weekend's competition the Oregon Bill Dellinger Invitational and the Capital Cross Challenge.
Jorge Estrella took 39th place to lead the men in the 8k at Dellinger with a 24:20.8 at Pine Ridge Golf Club. The Broncos took 13th place in a competitive field of 14 teams and the host Ducks edged BYU and UCLA to win the meet.
Nicholas Russell (25:11.6 – 98th), James Konugres (25:17.9 – 102nd), Harvey Chilcott (25:29.5 – 108th) and Aditya Mohan (25:32.5 – 110th) scored for the Broncos alongside Estrella while Christian Raslowsky, Spencer Fischer, Brennan Lagerstrom, Drew Burns and Ben Davidson also competed.
Janie Nabholz captured 19th place with a 6k 21:12.9 in the Capital Cross Invitational race and Adelaide Vergnolle finished in 21st with a 6k 22:34.4 in the open race at Haggin Oaks Golf Club. The Broncos finished in 10th place (of 40 teams) in the invitational race and fifth place (of 23 teams) in the open race.
Noelani Obermeyer (21:52.3 – 75th), Hannah Covington (21:57.4 – 82nd), Emma McCurry (21:58.4 – 85th) and Sarah King (22:05.1 – 96th) scored alongside Nabholz in the invitational. Maiya Fujiwara, Hannah Aguirre, Ellie Kopf, Lucie Semone and Claire Cocales also ran for the Broncos in the event.
Greta Anderson (22:55.1 – 37th), Luciana Lenth (22:57.4 – 41st), Hope Olbricht (22:58.7 – 42nd), and Kayla Neumann (23:39.4 – 89th) scored alongside Vergnolle in the open race. Cecilia Avelar, Jackie Cruz, Emma Eikelberner, Kalen Abe, Sasha Codiga, Kaitlyn Twadell and Lacey Yahnke also ran for the team.
QUOTABLE – HEAD COACH FELIPE MONTORO ON DELLINGER
"I was very encouraged by our results. We were significantly better than we were a month ago at USF and have more time and room to improve even more. We outperformed our team ranking, and Jorge showed us he's ready to run among the best the conference and the nation. I was really impressed with how Nicky and Harvey handled the pressure and competitive nature of the event as well and our veterans were solid. Now we go back to work and will get another measure of progress at Bronco."
SCU hosts the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational at nearby Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, California on Saturday, October 19. Races begin at 8:45 a.m.
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