Men finish ninth, women 12th at Stanford Invitational

Michael Stockinger

Sac State’s cross country teams charged into the 33rd Stanford Cross Country Invitational yielding positive results and personal records for both the men’s and women’s teams on the hilly course.

The men’s team ran as a pack with the top five runners finishing within 25 seconds of each other.

The Hornets were once again led by team captain Dominic Vogl, who broke his own personal record not only for the Stanford course but for the 8k with a time of 25:05. His time was good for 43rd overall.

Vogl was followed by Danny Carlson, who finished in 25:26 in 46th and beat his previous time by more than a minute. Jose (Pelom) Garcia finished in 55th in 25:26, Jason Sey placed 69th with a time of 25:29 and Garrett Infausto in 26:23 for 80th place.

“I got a personal record,” Vogl said. “I was stoked about the team. Me, Pelom (Garcia), and Danny ran well together for the first part of the race.”

Stanford won the invitational as a team, with Neftalem Araia taking first place, clocking in at 23:31.

The Hornet men’s team took ninth place out of the 19 schools running in the race with faster times than their last meet on Sept. 16 at their home course in Granite Regional Park.

“We ran well and ninth place is a really good result,” Vogl said.

The women’s team finished strong finishing in 12th overall out of the 17 competing teams.

Hornet women’s front-runner Kristina Holtz shattered her previous time at the invitational by nearly three minutes, finishing in 22:10, which was good for 37th place.

Erin Wachter also broke her personal record on the course, taking 63rd at 23:02 with Kathryn Cunningham trailing closely behind at 23:07 in 64th.

Grecia Garcia placed 77th at 23:29 and Mary Wagner rounded out the team in 93rd with a time of 23:59.

“I felt very good,” said sophomore Kathryn Cunningham. “I always have fun at Stanford being around some of the best runners. I think we did pretty well and we felt strong.”

“We didn’t do exactly what we were supposed to do though,” Cunningham said. “We were supposed to run the first mile faster and stay together.”

The Stanford women’s team also took the invitational. Stanford’s Arianna Lambie finished first with a time of 20:13.