Sept. 15, 2007
The USF men's and women's cross country team traveled to Seattle to compete in the Sundodger Invitational Saturday morning.
The women, who finished third behind #19 Washington (27) and Idaho (76) with 104 points, were led by senior Jennifer Hartford and Fallon Heffernan. Hartford, who finished ninth overall and set a new personal record, ran the second fastest time in USF history with a time of 21:30. The time is nine seconds behind the 2004 record time of Jeanine Hagedorn that was set at the same meet.
"Jen posted a solid opener today," sad Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "She got off to a strong start and then moved through the field well. She is tough competitor and beat some quality athletes today."
Heffernan, who was making her first appearance in the green and gold, finished in 16th place with a time of 21:51. She was followed by junior Michelle Born (27th, 22:11) senior Lucy Miller (30th, 22:18) and sophomore Mary Verran (38th, 22:36).
"I am pleased with how our women competed today," said Lehman-Winters. "We beat all of the teams we were capable of beating, yet we have a lot of room for improvement as a team. This is by far our best team performance for the 6k distance in program history, all of our returning women posted personal records."
Finishing behind the Dons was WCC rival Santa Clara in fourth place (122), UC Davis in fifth (123), Eastern Washington (130), Seattle Pacific (143) and Washington St. (180).
The men were led by senior Cheyne Inman who finished 28th overall with a time of 25:02, junior Alex Nelson who set a new personal record with a time of 25:10 (35th) and freshman Ravi Amarawansa (26:04), who was much improved from the previous meet.
Next up for the Dons is the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota on Sep. 29, which is considered one of the top meets in the country.
For complete results from the Sundodger Invitational please click on the links above.