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Cross Country Heads To Santa Clara Invitational

Oct. 10, 2007

This Week In Cross Country: The Saint Mary's cross country team will compete in the Santa Clara Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University. The meet is scheduled for Saturday, October, 13th at 9:00am from the Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale.

The Competition: Just two weeks prior the West Coast Conference Championship weekend, the Santa Clara Invitational provides a fast and flat alternative to those not participating in the Pre-NCAA meet. The men will compete at 8,000 meters on the long course, while the women will race 6,000 meters. Hosted by Santa Clara University, the race will take place at the Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, just 10 miles north of Santa Clara at the southwest end of the San Francisco Bay.

Last Week Recap: The Saint Mary's cross country team continued its 2007 campaign with some quick times at the San Francisco State University Invitational. Junior Karrie Hagedorn posted a top-10 finish with a time of 23:02 in the 6-k race. Dan Stiles was the top finisher on the men's side with a time of 28:08 in the 8-k race. The women's squad recorded a 9th place finish, while the men's team crossed the line in 7th place.

Saint Mary's Nears Halfway Point: The Saint Mary's cross country team now has five meets under their belt. Different distances have benefited the Gaels training regimen as last week served as a speed workout. The Gaels opened the season with a 3rd place finish in both the men and women's races at the Chico Invitational. At the Aztec Invitational the men finished 12th while the women locked down 13th. In Hawaii, the men finished 4th and the women placed 6th. The Stanford Inivitational was proven difficult for the Gaels as the men's team finshed 30th and the women placed 25th, however both teams finished strong at the SFSU Invitational this past weekend, men placing 7th and the women 9th.

New Look Harriers: On both teams, Saint Mary's will boast a new look as coach Rau welcomes eight newcomers to the trail. The newcomers include: Jade Lewis (Modesto, CA), Tess Grannemann (Hoquiam, WA), Madison Dengler (Ft. Collins, CO), and Alex Bettencourt (Kingsburg, CA) on the women's side. For the men, Rau welcomes Nick Shea (Carmel, CA), Mark Blucher (Salinas, CA), Bradley Alban (Thousand Oaks, CA), and UC Davis transfer Mario Mendoza (Cambria, CA).

A Look at SMC Head Coach Randy Rau: Randy Rau enters his ninth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach. In his first season at the helm he was named WCC Coach of the Year. Under his tutelage, runners have earned four All-WCC selections, a Freshman of the Year honoree and five honorable mention accolades. Individually, both the men and women's school records have been shattered. Members of his men's team have posted 29 of the 30 fastest times in the history of the program.

Next Week: Saint Mary's will continue its 2007 campaign with the West Coast Conference Championships. The race will take place on Saturday, October 27th at 10 a.m. in Crystal Springs.